Report: Four Broward County sheriff’s deputies didn’t enter Parkland school to stop shooting rampage

In a deadly massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida that resulted in the loss of at least 17 lives, new reports are surfacing that not just one Sheriff’s deputy, but four deputies waited for minutes outside the school during Nikolas Cruz’s rampage.

Broward County Sheriff Steve Israel revealed on Friday, a day after CNN’s “scripted” gun control town hall, that deputy Scot Peterson waited for four minutes outside the school while Cruz was firing shots at defenseless schoolchildren and did “nothing” during the active shooter situation.

Ahead of a potentially humiliating investigation for Peterson and the Broward County Sheriff’s office, the deputy resigned.

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It turns out that Peterson is not the only Broward County officer who is being scrutinized in the aftermath of a mass shooting that is being picked apart in the media. As the Washington Examiner reported, there are as many as four Sheriff’s deputies who stand accused of not entering the high school to stop Cruz during his massacre:

A total of four Broward County Sheriff’s deputies failed to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., during last week’s mass shooting, according to a new report. […]

…Peterson wasn’t the only one — three other Broward County Sheriff’s deputies also remained outside the school with their pistols drawn as they took cover behind their vehicles, CNN reports.

It appears that they didn’t enter the school even when police officers arrived later to the crime scene.

Additionally, the Coral Springs police officers who arrived at the school later were frustrated and surprised that the sheriff’s deputies did not accompany them as they entered the school, sources told CNN.

The news reported by CNN follows its nationally televised gun control town hall, which would have been a perfect opportunity to break the news to the U.S. public.

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The news was also reported by the Sun Sentinel, and makes similar accusations against the Broward County sheriff’s deputies:

Instead of rushing in, several Broward sheriff’s deputies waited outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while a killer gunned down schoolchildren, according to other officers on the scene.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the claims from Coral Springs cops, Sheriff Scott Israel told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Friday.

The allegations emerged a day after another deputy, assigned to guard the school, resigned under fire, also for failing to enter the building during the shooting.

It appears that the Broward County police, led by Sheriff Steve Israel, failed to stop Cruz from carrying out his massacre, despite 39 visits upon complaints about the subject, and specific tips that he intended to commit a school shooting.

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In addition, the FBI failed to seriously investigate Cruz’s social media claims that he intended to become a “professional school shooter.”

Those poor children. They were failed by the system and now they are dead for it. There needs to be full accountability for any dereliction of duty by the Broward County sheriff’s department.

Kyle Becker

Chief Editor at BizPacReview
Before becoming Chief Editor at BizPac Review, Kyle was the Sr. Managing Editor and Director of Viral Media at Top 25 News & Politics website IJReview. With distinctive headlines and unique storytelling, he amassed hundreds of millions of story pageviews and led a team that generated billions of pageviews. Kyle also speaks fluent Russian and worked as an editor in Moscow before getting his Master's degree in International Studies.
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