Skip to comments.Judge rules deputy had duty to protect Parkland students, refuses to toss lawsuit
Posted on 12/12/2018 2:37:15 PM PST by jazusamo
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. A judge has rejected a deputys claim that he had no duty to confront the gunman during the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Refusing to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the parent of a victim, Broward Circuit Judge Patti Englander Henning found after a hearing Wednesday that ex-deputy Scot Peterson did have a duty to protect those inside the school where 17 people died and 17 were wounded on Feb. 14. Video and other evidence shows Peterson, the only armed officer at the school, remained outside while shots rang out.
The negligence lawsuit was filed by Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed. He said it made no sense for Petersons attorneys to argue that a sworn law enforcement officer with a badge and a gun had no requirement to go inside.
Then what is he doing there? Pollack said after the ruling. He had a duty. Im not going to let this go. My daughter, her death is not going to be in vain.
Peterson attorney Michael Piper said he understands that people might be offended or outraged at his clients defense, but he argued that as a matter of law, the deputy had no duty to confront the shooter. Peterson did not attend the hearing.
There is no legal duty that can be found, Piper said. At its very worst, Scot Peterson is accused of being a coward. That does not equate to bad faith.
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The bastard had the badge, the gun and the responsibility. He needs to pay the price for his cowardice.
I am pretty sure the Supreme Court has ruled on this already. Police do not have an obligation to protect us from harm.
He still should have gone in as that was his job.
Exactly! The young people killed and wounded paid the price for this coward.
1st the deputy, then go after Sheriff Israel.
That's the way it's been moving the past few decades.
But be sure that if we protect ourselves with any level of serious force we'll be run through the wringer, if not jailed.
Which is why we have AR-15s, 30-round magazines, and plenty of practice.
Didn't have the stones to face the attacker, why should anybody be surprised that he can't face the victims?
Finally, if you are going to get paid to provide security, then provide security. Hopefully this ignites a good conversation about what security police CANT provide, and why citizens should not rely on police for safety while being disarmed.
“Simple rule for manhood: go in the direction of the gunfire.”
Take a serious firearm, not a duty 9mm.
You want to wear the badge, have the authority and be granted arrest powers.
Now when it comes time to stand up and do the job the public expects,...... you go ahead run.
Hence the term ‘going Columbine’ working its way into the language.
I hope this case receives wide coverage.
If all you have available is a .22LR and kids are in danger, you go in.
You can take that to the bank, FRiend.
Never underestimate a .22 LR. It can ruin your day.
Even with the SCOTUS decision in mind, there may be issues with not following sheriff department guidelines/protocol in place at the time.
Even Broward Sheriff Israel stated as much:
New York Times (2/21/2018) “In School Shootings Painful Aftermath, Sheriff Faces Questions Over Police Response”
Thats exactly what were examining, Sheriff Israel said, noting that active shooter protocols require confronting suspects as quickly as possible. You dont wait for SWAT, you get in, and you push toward the shooter.
Let's Wrap This Baby Up, Folks!
> I am pretty sure the Supreme Court has ruled on this already. Police do not have an obligation to protect us from harm. <
But I wonder how broad that ruling was. Is there a difference between the cops not responding for whatever reason, and a cop being on-scene, but doing nothing?
Because the Supreme Court ruling was about the former. Cops didn’t respond to a plea for help. But in the Parkland case, the cop was right there. And he knew for an absolute fact that his help was needed. That’s depraved indifference in my book.
Here’s an article about that Supreme court ruling.
” pretty sure”
You’re correct. I think the only thing they can claim is that he didn’t follow the department’s procedure.
The Supreme Court ruling regarding the fact that the police have no duty to protect any particular person is a tremendously significant decision which supports the Second Amendment.
The dead girl's parents entrusted the welfare of their daughter to anti-gun liberals. Any expectation that they would protect her was unreasonable given the known attitude of liberals toward self-defense with firearms.
The recent decision of some schools to arm their classrooms with buckets of rocks to throw at attackers is an ever-so-slight movement in the right direction. I am reminded of a story attributed to Churchill:
Churchill: "Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?"
Socialite: "My goodness, Mr. Churchill... Well, I suppose... we would have to discuss terms, of course... "
Churchill: "Would you sleep with me for five pounds?"
Socialite: "Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?!"
Churchill: "Madam, we've already established that. Now we are haggling about the price
Liberals who support having buckets of rocks in the classroom are just haggling over what the most effective weapon is for stopping an armed attacker. They have already agreed that the students and teachers must be prepared to defend themselves.
This is true of the general public at large.
But a school is not the general public. It is minors in a government facility where they are required by law to attend, making the government “in loco parentis” and therefore responsible for their safety and Mr. Peterson was specifically tasked as a school security officer.
Mr Peterson now has a large legal problem because there is an argument to be made and this may wind up in front of the supreme court.
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