In Florida’s Broward County, jury deliberations have begun in a criminal case against Scot Peterson, a former police officer who’s accused of child neglect and other charges for failing to confront the gunman who killed 17 people and wounded 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day 2018. It’s believed to be the first time a U.S. police officer has faced criminal charges for inaction at a school shooting. This is prosecutor Kristen Gomes speaking in closing arguments Monday.
Kristen Gomes: “He was trained, and he was armed. And when the moment came and he was called upon to act, he made a choice. At 2:23 p.m., Scot Peterson chose not to enter, knowing that those shots were being fired and that every time the trigger was being pulled, one of his students was dying. He chose to retreat, and then he instructed all responding officers to stay back.”