Former Broward County Sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson, who was widely criticized for not entering Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in during the Parkland shooting last year, has been arrested on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges.
After disgraced Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel was removed from his command, new Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony turned his focus to the internal investigation of how seven deputies responded to the tragedy. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement:
Today, as a result of the continuing internal investigation and disciplinary process, Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony officially announced the termination of two deputies who were found to have neglected their duties. The two are former Deputy Scot Peterson and Sergeant Brian Miller. The deputy and sergeant were found to have neglected their duties at MSD High School. They have been terminated and will no longer be privileged to serve as law enforcement deputies for the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Subsequent to an administrative discipline hearing at BSO headquarters this afternoon, former Deputy Peterson was taken into custody on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges and booked into the BSO Main Jail.
Peterson, who was branded “a coward” by President Donald Trump, was arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) on “seven counts of neglect of a child and three counts of culpable negligence and one count of perjury,” the FDLE said in a statement.
“If convicted, the 11 charges technically carry a maximum potential punishment of 96.5 years in state prison,” the statement continued.
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