Published: Thu, May 17, 2018

BROWARD COWARD: Officer Who HID During Shooting Gets $8K/Month Pension

BROWARD COWARD: Officer Who HID During Shooting Gets $8K/Month Pension

Former officer Scot Peterson, 55, resigned February 22 after being suspended without pay by Sheriff Scott Israel.

The former Deputy was thrust into the national spotlight after surveillance footage emerged of Peterson taking a "defensive position" and refusing to enter the high school as Nikolas Cruz gunned down students at will.

Former Broward County sheriff's deputy Scot Peterson, the Stoneman Douglas High School resource officer who remained outside as a gunman killed 17 people, has now started collecting a substantial pension, to the tune of $8,702 dollars a month.

What was the response to Peterson receiving his pension?

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. He can receive the payments for the rest of his life.

He received a salary of $101,879.03 previous year, including his base pay and overtime.

Peterson gained national infamy in February after it was revealed he hid outside a school building while one of the largest school shootings in USA history was ongoing.

Pollack has also targeted Peterson for collecting the hefty monthly pension. The sheriff said he was disgusted and demoralized by what he saw, while President Donald Trump called Peterson a coward, and said he "didn't have the courage" to confront the shooter and "doesn't love the children".

The confused ex-cop later said he believed the gunshots were occurring outside the school.

Peterson's pension rate is calculated by his number of years in service and the average of his five highest-paid years.

Peterson has not been criminally charged, but his pension benefits could be in question after a state inquiry into how police responded to the shooting. He hid while my daughter and 16 others were slaughtered! Andrew Pollack, who lost his 18-year-old daughter, Meadow, in the shooting, told the Sentinel that Peterson is a "disgrace". That money should go to actually securing our schools!

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