The situation in Broward County is a ‘he said versus he said’ situation. Sheriff Scott Israel reported that Deputy Scott Peterson remained outside the school building during the shooting deaths of 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Peterson was relieved of duty and then resigned.
Peterson through his attorney claims that the sheriff’s account what he did is wrong and says that the video taken outside the school building during the shooting will exonerate him.
Supposedly, the only copy of the video is in the hands of the sheriff’s department and although there is a growing call for the pubic release of the video, Sheriff Israel has been delaying and seemingly doing whatever he can to avoid making the video public.
(Breitbart) – An op-ed in the Sun Sentinel claims that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is stonewalling the release of surveillance video that could clear up exactly what law enforcement did or failed to do in response to the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
The paper has been trying to obtain the video taken “outside the school” during the shooting, only to be told that the only copy was given to Israel’s office and will not be released.
On Wednesday, the Sentinel reported:
Sheriff Israel doesn’t want to release the video, which is curious, given that he’s already given a detailed description of its substance. At a televised press conference eight days after the shooting, he said he felt “the public needed to know” that the video showed [deputy Scot] Peterson did “nothing” except get on his radio while shots were being fired. The sheriff said Peterson “never went in” as he should have…
Regardless of whether the video exonerates Peterson or proves the sheriff was right, it should emphasize the need to train and arm teachers and selective school staff to be armed and ready to take action in the event of an active shooting. Teachers and staff are ALREADY in the building with students and are the ONLY ones possible to take immediate action to try to stop an active shooter.