Skip to comments.Ex-SRO charged with child neglect for 'inaction' during Parkland massacre
Posted on 06/04/2019 1:29:07 PM PDT by libstripper
PARKLAND, Fla. (WFLA) - The former Broward County deputy who was the school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during last year's deadly mass shooting has been arrested on several counts of child neglect.
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About time. The coward of Broward needs to be held accountable for his dereliction of duty.
According to another article this turd faces up to 97 years. See:
Going to be a hard legal case to make. SCOTUS has ruled that police obligation to protect only applies to those in custody. Further, I believe the defense will attempt to show that the training and engagement standard at the time of the shooting did not call for immediate engagement of the perp
You can’t criminalize courageous or lack of courage...
It’s going to be a well observed trial. At some point, the defense is going to raise the issue of “no duty to protect.”
It would be very easy to jump on the bandwagon. It is a principle of the American republic, rather than the mobocracy of leftist progressivism, that if justice is to grind fine, it must grind slow.
Investigators say Peterson also directed other law enforcement officers responding to the scene to stay 500 feet away from the building.
As many have commented, it will be hard to convict this coward criminally as a coward.
The Lt. in charge IIRC gave orders not to engage. They were ill prepared, badly trained and complicit in covering up the suspects crimes which could have given tools to prevent this tragedy...DV offenses, other contacts were minimized to give access to grant money...
It was not the officer alone.
No, but a person who has a duty to enforce the laws and violates policy is guilty of nonfeasance.... If the jury agrees.
Here's what was going on with the old sheriff & Peterson:
This was a January 4, 2019 article.
A report by Real Clear Investigations (RCI) suggests Sheriff Scott Israel did not fire Deputy Scot Petersonaka, the Coward of Browardfollowing the Parkland school shooting because Peterson covered up a sexual assault incident involving the sheriffs son.
According to RCI, in 2014 Israels then-17-year-old son, Brett, was accused of participating in a sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Peterson wrote up a report on the incident in which he said the victim alleged that Israel, then the schools starting quarterback, held him down while another senior kicked him, grabbed his genitals and rammed a baseball bat between his buttocks, simulating rape.
Individuals with knowledge of the accusations say Peterson could have pursued felony charges against Israel instead reduced the matter to simple battery. This allowed Israel to benefit from an Obama-era disciplinary reduction policy and receive a three-day suspension over the incident.
RCI reports that Petersons handling of this situation is being put forward as a possible reason why Israel did not fire the deputy after he refused to go inside and confront the Parkland school shooter. Instead, Israel allowed Peterson to resign and he now draws a pension of over $100,000 a year.
You could argue that children attending public school are "in custody". After all, they can't just leave the school premises in the middle of day of their own will. They're subject to truant officers arresting them like paterrollers on the old plantation.
While you may have a valid point, I find that having to resort to legal obfuscation and justification in order to make a case, often leads to unexpected outcomes.
Personally, I would not bet $1 either way.
I suspect that the outcome will be a local conviction that is overturned by a higher court.
You can criminalize dereliction of duty. They do it all the time with the military. Of course, the police are held to a much lower standard.
His job was to protect the people in the school rather than the general public so there might be an argument here that will surpass the "no obligation to protect" ruling that has protected the police for so long.
Those children were essentially in his custody as they were under his control.
Of course my opinion is that public schools are prisons for children in any case so I am a wee bit biased on the subject.
I thought that the NY Law when NO ONE came to the SCrREAMING Woman who was being raped applies.
Custody refers to police custody in these cases, not school or parental or church or daycare or...custody.
As much as many want to see this cop hung, it wont happen.
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