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Parkland Officer Arrested And Fired For Hiding While Students Were Killed At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Reinstated

Update May 14, 2020, 4:45 p.m. PST: The world changed on Feb. 14, 2018. Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 students, teachers, and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an assault rifle. On-duty resource officer Scot Peterson was on campus and hid while the gunfire rang out. Two years after the incident he has been jailed, tried in court, and, now, reinstated to his old job.

Parkland officer Scot Peterson has been reinstated to his job with full back pay.

Peterson was the on-duty resource officer when Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He was fired because of his inaction that allowed for the shooter’s rampage to go unimpeded. Peterson was charged with neglecting his duties as he hid behind his car while Cruz terrorized and killed people in the high school.

Peterson is getting his job back, with full back pay, on a technicality.

Broward Sheriff’s Union announced that the disgraced officer was getting his job back during a press conference. Peterson was fired on June 4, 2019, because of his inaction on Feb. 14, 2018. According to the union, the sheriff’s office violated a clause about notifying Peterson within 180 of his being fired. The union argues that the firing happened 2 days after the 180 days had passed. As a result, Peterson will be reinstated to the police department with full back pay and his seniority intact.

“He was a coward,” Max Schachter, whose son Alex died during the shooting, told WPLG. “He certainly does not deserve to get his job back, and I hope that the judge that this ruling can be overturned and changed.”

Sergeant Brian Miller, another officer fired for his lack of action that day, remains terminated from the police force.

Original: Scot Peterson, 56, was the on-duty resource officer on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School campus on Feb., 14, 2018. That was the day that Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 people in the school while Peterson remained outside never confronting the shooter. He is now in jail facing charges connected to his lack of response during the shooting, including charges of child neglect.

Scot Peterson was the on-duty armed guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida when 17 people were shot and killed.

According to reports, former Broward Deputy Peterson has been charged with 11 felonies because of his inaction during the shooting. Peterson, who is facing charges including child neglect, culpable negligence, and perjury, has long been criticized for hiding during the shooting. While 17 people were killed, Peterson can be seen on camera standing outside of the building and hiding from the shooter for 50 minutes.

The charge for perjury was added because Peterson, under oath, denied hearing gunshots when he first arrives at the building where the shooting occurred.

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According to The New York Times, one student, Arman Borghei, said he looked out of a window and saw Peterson outside building 1200 where the shooting took place. Peterson allegedly had his gun drawn but was frozen in place doing nothing to locate and confront the shooter.

News of his arrest and charges has been met with celebration from people on social media.

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“We cannot fulfill our commitment to always protect the security and safety of our Broward County community without doing a thorough assessment of what went wrong that day,” Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said in a statement about terminating Peterson.  “I am committed to addressing deficiencies and improving the Broward Sheriff’s Office.”

People are also so over other people trying to give the former deputy a way out of the responsibility.

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We have seen recent examples of unarmed people taking down gunmen to save fellow classmates and coworkers. Peterson was the armed guard on campus and some people argue that his lack of action led to a higher death toll that Valentine’s Day.

Former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students are joining the online discussion to give people a face to attach to the tragedy.

Many of the students and their supporters are happy with Peterson being arrested for negligence allowing people to die. Families and friends who lost loved ones in the shooting at the Florida high school are waiting to see if the trial will unfold in their favor or not.

Check back with mitú as we cover the developments of this story.

READ: After Two Parkland Students Commit Suicide, Community Unites To Share Mental Health Resources

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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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A shooting that occurred over the weekend in Compton, California has sparked shock, alarm, and outrage.

The shooting occurred sometime around 7 p.m. on Saturday at MLK Transit Center in Compton. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the gunman made his way toward the passenger’s side of the deputies’ car and shot two deputies with a pistol without precedent.

One of the victims is a 31-year-old mother.

On Saturday, the sheriff’s department tweeted surveillance footage of the shooting which also captured the gunman fleeing the scene.

According to reports, the gunman fired into the deputies’ car without pretext.

“This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions and words have consequences. Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement,” Alex Villanueva, the 33rd Sheriff of Los Angeles County, said in a statement. “It pisses me off. It dismays me at the same time.”

According to Villanueva, both of the deputies (Claudia Apolinar a 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old man) were sworn in just 14 months ago and are in critical condition at the hospital. According to the sheriff’s department both are “fighting for their lives” but “it looks like they’re going to be able to recover.”

Apolinar and her partner were both shot at close range. Apolinar was shot in the face and torso and her partner sustained multiple gunshot wounds Seeing that he was in need of immediate medical treatment, Apolinar managed to make a tourniquet for him before medics arrived.

According to the New York Post, Apolinar is a former librarian who graduated from the academy last year.

“We’ll see what the long-term impact is. We don’t know that yet, but they survived the worst,” Villanueva explained.

Local officials have announced a $100,000 reward for information on the gunman and his whereabouts.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke out against the attack and condemned it in a statement calling “Acts of lawlessness and violence directed against police officers are unacceptable, outrageous, and entirely counterproductive to the pursuit of greater peace and justice in America — as are the actions of those who cheer such attacks on.”

Speaking about the incident, Democratic US Rep. Adam Schiff called the attack “cowardly.”

“Every day, law enforcement officers put themselves at risk to protect our community,” Schiff stated in a post shared to Twitter. “I hope the perpetrator of this cowardly attack can be quickly brought to justice.”

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Young Caregiver Arrested After Abuse Of 88-Year-Old Patient Caught On Camera

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Young Caregiver Arrested After Abuse Of 88-Year-Old Patient Caught On Camera

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It was supposed to be a way of protecting the man from Covid.

Jonah Delgado was caught on video abusing an 88-year-old man he was hired to care for. According to reports, the man’s son hired Delgado after releasing him from an assisted living facility to spare him the risk of contracting Covid.

Delgado is facing charges of elderly abuse and battery after the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Department posted part of the video on YouTube. The video shows Delgado yelling and physically attacking the elderly man.

The video shows Delgado verbally and physically abusing the elderly patient.

“Delgado was trusted to take care of this man and to protect him,” a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office told The Tampa Bay Times. “He not only broke this trust but put this man in direct danger with his actions.”

The story and video are a cautionary tale of hiring caregivers. It is important to make sure the caregiver is properly vetted. The video is a reminder that some times it is helpful to have a hidden camera to make sure that your family members are getting the best care possible.

READ: Netflix Finally Gives Eight-Year-Old Gabriel Fernandez, Who Was Murdered And Tortured By His Own Mother, A Voice

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