A new video compilation of the events in the Parkland, Florida, massacre offers a startling reassessment of the actions of school police officer Scot Peterson — and makes him look even worse.
'They weren’t hearing this nonsense...'
Previously Peterson was merely accused of failing to intervene in the terrible attack, but a new video is forcing many to draw the conclusion that he actually worsened the attack.
The video was publicly aired at a meeting Wednesday of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, according to the Sun Sentinel.
It shows an animated map portraying the movements of Nicolas Cruz, the attacker, with video of Scot Peterson's actions, and audio of the police radio recordings.
When the three are synced together, it shows Peterson not only shirked his responsibility to confront the attacker, but kept other police officers from responding as promptly. This is because he give them direction to stop traffic instead of stopping the attack.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, chairman of the commission explained how Peterson could have slowed the police response.
“If you’re a responding Broward Sheriff’s deputy," Gualtieri said, "and you have the deputy that’s on campus, who’s there in the best position, telling you what to do — i.e. lockdown intersections, they’re going to do what the guy who’s on campus is telling them to do."
The commission concluded that this would explain why police from the Coral Springs department were able to address the massacre before sheriffs from the Broward County office did.
“Coral Springs didn’t hear that direction. So Coral Springs is coming right in," Gualtieri continued. "Why are they coming right in? Because they weren’t hearing this nonsense direction about locking down intersections.”
'He did nothing. I hope he rots in hell'
Max Schachter, who is on the safety commission and a father of a son who died in the massacre, excoriated Peterson after viewing the video.
“Don’t tell me that he loved these kids,” Schacter said. “If they were his kids he would have gone in, he would have saved them. He let our children be slaughtered. He did nothing."
"He’s no police officer, no law enforcement officer," he continued. "Anybody with a badge would have done something. He did nothing. I hope he rots in hell.”
Here's the new video compilation of the Parkland High School massacre:
Peterson has been subpoenaed to testify before the commission in October.