BY Nick Arama
If you thought that you had heard it all in the case of the high school shooting in Florida, you would be wrong. And it just seems to keep getting worse and worse.
Now reports are breaking that not only did the school resource officer, Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, wait outside and not engage the shooter, but that three other Broward officers who arrived also took up cover outside and didn’t go into the school.
According to CNN:
When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find not only that Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer, had not entered the building, but that three other Broward County Sheriff’s deputies were also outside the school and had not entered, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them had gone into the school.
So there were four Broward officers there, none of whom dared go inside while kids were dying.
Instead, they all waited outside until the police from Coral Springs arrived and saw them cowering behind their cars.
The Coral Springs police entered the building with two new deputies from Broward and another officer from Sunrise, but the original four deputies continued to hide outside.
Coral Springs City Manager Mike Goodrum confronted Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel at a vigil after the shooting on February 15 over the issue. He was allegedly upset that the Broward deputies failed to respond while kids could be dying inside.
As Ben Shapiro notes:
Which means that Israel knew full well that his own office had botched everything dramatically when he stood on stage with CNN’s Jake Tapper and a crowd of angry parents and community members and blamed the National Rifle Association and Dana Loesch for his own horrible failure.
CNN has an internal memo from the Coral Springs Police Chief trying to reassure his officers who were upset by what had occurred and he clearly shows the disturbance over Broward’s actions in the incident. “I understand that another agency has given the impression that it had provided the majority of the rescue efforts, and that the tremendous work of the Coral Springs Police and Fire Departments has not been recognized.”
This is intolerable.
How do you not react? It’s not clear if the shooter had left at that point. But you have kids you know are in there who need help.
Meanwhile, knowing what his office did, the Sheriff has the temerity to blame the NRA? Is he kidding?
His office failed again and again and it cost these kids their lives.
The Broward Sheriff should step down and his whole department needs a re-evaluation so this never happens again.
This is a repeated failure again and again to react. And there should be an investigation outside of Israel’s office to see why officers were not arresting Cruz and not responding appropriately.