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17 March 2018, 01:31 | Clyde Nash
Video: Broward Sheriff Releases Footage Of Deputy Outside During Parkland Shooting
The Broward Sheriff's Office has released surveillance video that shows a school resource deputy failing to enter the building where a former student killed 17 people and wounded more than a dozen others last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The Broward County Sheriff's Office released the video. Once out of the golf cart, Peterson is seen with his weapon in hand, but standing outside - and apparently not taking cover - all while the massacre is unfolding inside.
The Broward County Sheriff's Office and School Board had resisted the video release, saying it was exempt from disclosure in part because it was evidence in an active investigation. His actions were enough to warrant an internal affairs investigation, as requested by Sheriff Israel on February 21.
Peterson was suspended and then resigned his post, and in a statement released by his lawyersaid that he thought the gunfire originated from outside and reacted accordingly by waiting for the suspect there.
The video was released to the media after a short court battle with several media organizations. However, the sheriff's office warned that timestamps on the video and timestamps on the dispatch recording might not be "exactly synchronized". On Wednesday, students across the United States participated in a 17-minute school walkout, that served both to protest what they view as a lack of political action, as well as to memorialize the victims of the attack. It shows him and a staff member rushing toward the building in a cart.
We do know, from Peterson's radio transmissions, that he was hearing shots fired and that he believed it was coming from the 1200 building.
About 22 minutes into the video, police lights can be seen at the far corner of the building.
Peterson says he initially received a call about "firecrackers" and it was only when he ran towards the sound that he realised it was gun fire. CNN noted that the disgraced deputy was the only armed security officer at the school during that time, making his actions more questionable.
Officers from the Coral Springs Police Department, the first to arrive on the scene, pushed into the building anyway.
Desperate parents can be heard relaying information to 911 dispatchers after exchanging text messages or speaking with their children inside the school.
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