Deputy accused of cowardice after Florida school massacre gets $130000 pension

Deputy accused of cowardice after Florida school massacre gets $130000 pension

President Donald Trump slammed Peterson, saying he "certainly did a poor job" and that he was a "coward" for not going into the school to try to help the students.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Scot Peterson, the school resource officer assigned to MSD, began receiving his monthly pension of $8,702.35 in April.

But then, it seems the 55-year-old Petersen, who'll receive the pension for the rest of his life, is accustomed to hefty compensation, given last year's income of $101,879.03, according to the newspaper.

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

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

Florida law allows for the forfeiture of pension benefits based on a conviction for certain offenses, Erin Rock, secretary for the Department of Management Services, wrote in a letter to Broward State Attorney Michael Satz and Sheriff Israel.

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Despite Peterson's cowardly actions, his former employer has continued to support him, stating, "the allegations that Mr. Peterson was a coward and that his performance, under the circumstances, failed to meet the standards of police officers are patently untrue".

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

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

Peterson remains under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement which is expected to release a final report this month outlining what went wrong with the law enforcement response to the shooting.

Andrew Pollack, the father of victim Meadow Pollack, called Peterson "the coward of Broward" on Twitter, and a legislator, Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Coral Springs, called on Scott to take away Peterson's pension.

"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. "But there's nothing we can do about it", Pollack added. Pollack filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Peterson last month. Pollack tweeted. "How in the hell is he getting this? That money should go to actually securing our schools!"

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The school resource officer confronted the suspect, who then fled from the school with the officer in pursuit, Howell said. Multiple sources have identified the alleged shooter as Matt Milby, 19, reports Sauk Valley Media .

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