New footage shows police officer stand outside school as massacre unfolds
- Author: Joey Payne Mar 17, 2018,
Mar 17, 2018, 1:14
The video footage released offers a limited viewpoint that focuses mainly on Broward Deputy Scot Peterson.
"Important breaking news into us right now", CNN host John King told his audience before playing the clip.
Broward County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Levenson, in an eight-page order released on Monday, said the videos could be released without imperilling the school's security system or endangering the investigation into the massacre.
Surveillance footage form Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shows former school resource officer Scot Peterson and his response to the shooting - which has been criticised after it was disclosed that he did not immediately enter and confront the shooter - there last month.
"The video speaks for itself", the sheriff's office said in a statement.
"His actions were enough to warrant an internal affairs investigation, as requested by Sheriff Scott Israel on February 21", the statement continues.
After speaking into his radio, Mr Peterson can be seen making his way to the building where students were being murdered in a golf cart.
The release of the video stemmed from a lawsuit filed by the Miami Herald, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and other media outlets against BSO and the school district, seeking release of video clips so that the public can "be given the first-hand opportunity to review and evaluate the video and the actions of its government officials". The sheriff said Peterson got on his radio and stayed where he was "for upwards of four minutes". He appeared in court Wednesday as students across the nation walked out of school to protest gun violence. By that point, the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, is believed to have already fled the school by blending into a crowd of students.
Cruz said nothing during a brief hearing. Defense attorney Melisa McNeill emphasized to the judge that Cruz remains willing "at any time" to plead guilty "in exchange for a waiver of the death sentence" and instead spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Another batch of 911 calls have been released from the day of the Parkland high school shooting in Florida.
In the recordings, students and dispatchers were uncertain about the shooter's location and how to hide from him.
"Please, please, please, there are people here. He is upstairs now".
"He's twitching. There's blood all over", she said. He said it confirms that Peterson should have entered the building: that is an almost-universal response in police training after the 1999 Columbine High and 2012 Sandy Hook school shootings.
They warned that the suspect may have changed clothes after they reported finding a camouflaged jacket, ski mask and backpack on the first floor. On the third floor, they said they shattered windows in some locked classroom doors because terrified students would not open doors.
Cruz appeared in court on Wednesday - the same day thousands of students across the U.S. conducted school walkouts protesting gun violence - and kept his head bowed as he was formally arraigned.