Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Parkland Sheriff Deputy: 'I Am No Coward'

The longtime campus cop, widely lambasted for not entering Marjory Stoneman Douglas High during the massacre that killed 17 people, made his first public statement on Monday, saying he did not storm the halls looking for the shooter because he initially did not believe that gunfire was happening inside the building. Peterson said his actions during the Valentine's Day massacre "were appropriate under the circumstances." In a statement released by his lawyer, Peterson said he "heard gunshots but believed those gunshots were originating from outside of the buildings on the school campus," according to the release. "BSO trains its officers that in the event of outdoor gunfire one is to seek cover and assess the situation in order to communicate what one observes with other law enforcement."


The veteran school resource officer said he "took up a tactical position" between two others buildings next to Building 12, where shooter Nikolas Cruz spent six minutes unleashing gunfire with an AR-15 assault-style rifle.

"Allegations that Mr. Peterson was a coward and that his performance, under the circumstances, failed to meet the standards of police officers are patently untrue," according to the statement sent from Fort Lauderdale attorney Joseph DiRuzzo.


He and Donald Trump are not cowards.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-26 06:15 PM

This whole thing must really be endearing Trump to the LEO community.

#2 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-02-27 08:20 AM

I guess that is why he stayed outside even after the city cops went in.

#3 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-02-27 11:04 AM

Just you wait until Trump unleashes assault tweets at the next school shooter.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2018-02-27 11:14 AM

All but one man died.
There at Bitter Creek.
And they say he ran away.

Branded, scorned as the one who ran.
What do you do when you're branded, and you know you're a man.

Wherever you go, for the rest of your life
You must prove, you're a man.

source: www.lyricsondemand.com

#5 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-02-27 11:44 AM

Courage and facing up to duty come when you are not prepared. Times like that show who you truly are. Sort of like the 2016 election. You had a duty. Either you voted to keep Trump out of office or you failed in that duty.

#6 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-02-27 06:28 PM

Not so sure about that. I am sure that Trump got 5 draft deferments.

#7 | Posted by hamburglar at 2018-02-27 08:36 PM

I have said on the DR already that I believe the deputy had an obligation to confront the shooter in order to save lives. That is his job, like it or not.

On the other hand, I wasn't there, so I'm not sure what he was up against. I have been in chaotic situations before, including 100 mph police chases, gun battles, explosions and yes, even a live active shooter situation in which many people were killed (hey, I was a reporter), and I will admit, it sometimes takes a few minutes for you to get your bearings. You question what you see and hear, where the source of the danger is, who is good and who is bad, and maybe even your own sanity, and there's a moment or two of confusion and indecision before you fully recognize the danger and decide to act.

So maybe I will give this guy a little more benefit of the doubt. Trump, as usual, is not helping. Duhh.

#8 | Posted by cbob at 2018-02-27 09:45 PM

you're in a fox hole in the middle of a perimeter with all the trump men..all the romney men.. and this clown on either side. to late to be afraid...right now all you're thinking about is who you picked in the pool.
which one of these mofo's be the first to break and run.

#9 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-02-27 10:00 PM

Then there was the time Trump stopped a mugging while others stood and watched a man being beaten.

#10 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-02-28 04:48 AM

It probably was a prudent decision on the deputy's part.
He might have charged in and accidentally shot President Trump after all.

#11 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2018-02-28 04:57 AM

The shooting lasted 3 minutes. The cop didn't become aware of the shooting until sometime after it began. He now says there was confusion about whether the shooting was inside or outside a building, which is plausible.

I think we should focus less on expecting this one cop to be supercop and more on the sheriff whose department took dozens of calls from people about the shooter in the months and years before it happened. They were even told he wanted to be a school shooter and had a bunch of guns.

#12 | Posted by rcade at 2018-02-28 09:42 AM

At the same time, there is a limit to what police can do if a crime has not already been committed. I somehow think the right would have a problem with police arresting people for something they might do. There should be consideration of laws that would allow temporary confiscation of guns, pending a hearing, when there is a "reasonable suspicion" that a person will endanger others (e.g., domestic abuse, restraining orders, threats posted online). If we lived in a country where mental health treatment was encouraged and funded, many of these people might not reach the point of desperation that these shooters have. Or, at least, someone might be in a position to operate under an ethical "duty to warn" when someone becomes a danger to themselves and/or others.

#13 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-02-28 10:02 AM

I kind of feel bad for the guy. Not everyone has it in them to be a hero. He'll have to live with it for the rest of his life. I think everyone should simply leave him alone.

#14 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-02-28 12:15 PM

Then there was the time Trump stopped a mugging while others stood and watched a man being beaten.

#10 | POSTED BY VISITOR_ AT 2018-02-28 04:48 AM | REPLY

I stopped a bear from getting in my trash can a month back. If i tell that story to a trust fund baby from NYC they till think i am superman. If I tell that story to another Alaskan they are reminded that it is trash day.

If a New Yorker tells a story of stopping a mugging to an Alaskan it comes off as super impressive. Tell it to another New Yorker and its just another thing on their morning walk to work.

I've been to NYC a few times. I also once stopped a mugging in progress while unarmed. You don't see my publicist calling newspapers about it.

#15 | Posted by Alaskan_Guy at 2018-02-28 12:45 PM

Trump's story has the advantage of being verified as true, so he's got that going for him.

#16 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-02-28 01:13 PM

"At the same time, there is a limit to what police can do if a crime has not already been committed."

Which is why I always say:
The shootings will continue.
There's no "until."
The shootings will simply continue.

(This is your cue to mention Chicago, right-wingers. Surely there were some shootings in Chicago overnight!)

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-28 01:19 PM

Trump's story has the advantage of being verified as true,


#18 | Posted by YAV at 2018-02-28 01:22 PM

Trump's story has the advantage of being verified as true ...

No one verified it happened. Witnesses disagreed. Given that 99% of what Trump says about himself is --------, I'll let you do the math on the percent chance he told the truth about this.

#19 | Posted by rcade at 2018-02-28 08:13 PM

#20 | POSTED BY VISITOR_ AT 2018-03-01 07:49 AM | FLAG:

President Lyin' L. BoneSpurs deserves only the best, most tremendous hatred.

#21 | Posted by cbob at 2018-03-01 10:33 AM

Visitor_: So all the times you defend Trump on this site you're just joking?

#22 | Posted by rcade at 2018-03-02 08:41 AM

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