Broward Sheriff's Office

McClatchy, BSO

Despite resigning in disgrace after the Parkland school shooting, former Broward Sheriff's Office deputy Scot Peterson is receiving a generous state pension that will pay him more than he made in his last year on the force.

AP via Miami Herald

When Meadow Pollack died, she had nine bullets in her petite body.

The Parkland shooting victim was one of 17 students and educators killed Feb. 14 when confessed gunman Nikolas Cruz shot up the halls of Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an assault-style weapon.

Not far away was Scot Peterson, a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy and Stoneman's school resource officer who heard the shooting, but stood outside the building as Cruz opened fire on his classmates.

Miami Herald

The results are in: More than 80 percent of the Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association members who voted have no confidence in Sheriff Scott Israel.

But that's not the entire picture.

One of the parents to address the investigating commission was Fred Guttenberg, shown here speaking at an event on April 9, who lost his daughter Jaime during the Feb. 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High.
Associated Press

Parents of teenagers who were murdered on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School asked a commission tasked with investigating the massacre to report any findings that could help make schools safer as quickly as possible.

Katie Lepri / WLRN News

Guests for Sundial Monday, April 23 2018:

The union that represents Broward County sheriff's deputies is holding a “no confidence” vote regarding Sheriff Scott Israel. The poll is an unprecedented measure, and the head of the union, Jeff Bell, has said the poll is partly a result of concerns on how Israel handled the Parkland Shooting. The sheriff's position is an elected one and Israel has said the vote is a political stunt. Miami Herald reporter Chuck Rabin joined the program from our studio in Doral to give us the latest update.

Disgraced Parkland Deputy Heard Shots Inside School Building, Told Cops To Stay Away

Mar 9, 2018
Sun Sentinel

Roundly vilified for not entering a Parkland high school during a mass shooting, Broward Deputy Scot Peterson insisted publicly that he believed that gunfire was happening outside on campus — not from inside the building.

Screenshot / BSO

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is trying to set the record straight on developments after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

 

BSO launched its own fact-checking website this week, giving a rundown of major announcements from the agency since the Feb. 14 shooting.

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The first Broward Sheriff's deputies who arrived at Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 were told not to confront the gunman. 

 

According to a dispatch log reviewed by the Miami Herald, the sheriff’s captain who was first in charge of the scene told officers to set up around the building. The Broward Sheriff's Office neither confirmed nor denied that the order was given.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Guests for Sundial on Monday, Feb. 26:

WLRN reporter Caitie Switalski spoke about the "re-unification orientation" held for the parents and students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas as they prepare to reopen this upcoming Wednesday.

Stoneman Douglas High School senior Diego Pfeiffer spoke about the transition from survivor to activist and how he feels about returning to school. 

Miami Herald Political reporter David Smiley on the criticism of Broward officers Stoneman Douglas response and the requests to have Broward Sheriff Scott Israel suspended. 

Broward County Schools

The Broward campus deputy widely lambasted for not entering Marjory Stoneman Douglas High during the massacre that killed 17 people insists he is no coward — and that he did not initially believe that gunfire was happening inside the building.

Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, in a statement released through his lawyer Monday, said his actions during the Valentine’s Day massacre “were appropriate under the circumstances.”

Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

The superintendent of Broward County schools said a campus cop's decision not to enter the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building where a shooter killed 17 on Feb. 14 was "inexcusable" and "despicable."

Referring to school resource officer Scot Peterson, Robert Runcie told reporters gathered outside the school on Friday morning: "I wish he had the same kind of courage that our teachers that have showed up here today have."

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Associated Press / WLRN

The teenager accused of using a semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 people at a Florida high school confessed to carrying out one of the nation's deadliest school shootings and concealing extra ammunition in his backpack, according to a sheriff's department report released Thursday.

Nikolas Cruz told investigators that he shot students in the hallways and on the grounds of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, north of Miami, the report from the Broward County Sheriff's Office said.

MADELINE FOX/WLRN

The Broward County Sheriff's Office (BSO) is facing criticism over its handling of the fatal mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport last January.