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Parkland officer called coward gets a $8702-a-month pension

17 May 2018

President Donald Trump called a Peterson a "coward", and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said he was "disgusted" and "just demoralized" by his actions. He can receive the payments for the rest of his life.

The Orlando Sun-Sentinel reports Peterson is raking in a monthly pension of US$8,702.35 after resigning February 22, a week after the mass shooting.

The 55-year-old Peterson, a Broward deputy for 32 years, was paid $101,879.03 last year - $75,673.72 in base salary plus overtime and other compensation, according to sheriff's office records.

Surveilance video from February 14 showed Peterson waiting outside the school while the shooter went through the halls with an AR-15 rifle shooting and killing students and teachers.

Peterson rushed to the building, but stayed outside for about four minutes during the shooting and never went inside.

Peterson should have gone in "and addressed the killer", Israel said.

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Scott is being urged by the father of one of the Parkland victims to revoke Peterson's pension.

Peterson would not be entitled to his pension if he were convicted of a crime such as embezzlement or bribery.

Peterson hasn't been criminally charged in relation to the shooting, but his pension benefits could possibly be forefeited, according to the Sentinel, pending a Florida state inquiry into how police responded to the shooting.

Fred Guttenberg and Andrew Pollack, two fathers whose children were killed in the shooting, slammed Peterson for still being paid despite his inaction.

"Let there be no mistake, Mr. Peterson wishes that he could have prevented the untimely passing of the 17 victims on that day, and his heart goes out to the families of the victims in their time of need", he said at that time.

"I'm not interested in any money". "But there's nothing we can do about it", Pollack added. Before the pension payments began, the Department of Management Services asked Broward State Attorney Michael Satz about Peterson, but Satz's office said it had no information to provide and referred questions to FDLE. Pollack tweeted. "How in the hell is he getting this?" He had been captured on CCTV standing outside a door to the school in Parkland, Florida, while suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz went on the rampage, killing 14 students and three officials.

Parkland officer called coward gets a $8702-a-month pension