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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.

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A Fight Broke Out In A Florida Home Depot Parking Lot And You Can See The Coronavirus Spreading

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A Fight Broke Out In A Florida Home Depot Parking Lot And You Can See The Coronavirus Spreading

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There is one thing that will always deliver, even during a pandemic: fights. Even while the world is on lockdown and a virus is spreading, people can still find a way to get into a fight. This fight comes to you from a Home Depot in Florida.

A fight broke out at a Home Depot parking lot in Florida.

The fight took place at a Home Depot in Tampa and the fight itself is wild. Four men are in a melee and the more you watch it, the wilder it gets. First, you notice the wildly swinging paint cans. Paint is flying and you are all wondering how in the world the people hit with the paint cans are still standing. Then you realize that the pickup truck is in the splash zone. Next thing you know, one of the men is going after someone with a shovel. Yes. A shovel that you use to dig holes with. It truly is a wild ride and it has left the Internet wanting answers. Most of all, why?

If you come across it with no warning on Twitter, the video is a lot to process.

How did this fight start? Who threw the first punch? What is there to fight over in Home Depot? There are so many questions watching this fight. It can’t be possible that the best way for this fight to go off includes paint flying everywhere.

The guy with the shovel is the sleeper in this fight.

Everything is already so crazy that you aren’t sure what to take in first. Then, out of nowhere, a shovel rises straight into the air and all of your focus goes right to it. The man slams it down hard and it isn’t clear if he hit his intended target.

Some people, while not surprised, are still just done with Florida right now.

Florida has this reputation to always draw attention to itself and never for the right reasons. This fight in the time of Covid-19 is just the latest iteration of the Florida we have come to know. From politics to bizarre moments, Florida is a frontrunner in the race to be the wildest state.

On the other side, there are people who literally cannot wait until something like this comes out of Florida.

Social media is a crazy world. There are things happening on there that you would never believe would actually happen. Yet, social media is there to take the craziness of the world and serve it right up to you on a silver platter.

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A Man Dressed As The Grim Reaper Is Visiting Florida’s Beaches To Warn People Of Just How Stupid They Are

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A Man Dressed As The Grim Reaper Is Visiting Florida’s Beaches To Warn People Of Just How Stupid They Are

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Apparently there are thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of people who don’t realize that we are in the middle of a global pandemic and people are dying. Either they don’t know – or they just don’t care.

As the weather has warmed up and people are starting to get a little stir-crazy at home, they’re hitting beaches across the country in droves. In fact, from Florida to California, beaches have been packed with people trading their sweatpants for swimsuits and it just makes absolutely no sense.

A local lawyer has taken to Florida beaches dressed as the grim reaper to make a point that many people seem to be missing.

Even though Death itself is stalking Florida’s beaches, Governor DeSantis announced on Friday that state parks will soon reopen, even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the country. Granted Death came in the form of a local man dressed as the Grim Reaper – but the point remains the same.

Daniel Uhlfelder launched his Florida Grim Reaper tour on Friday protesting beaches being allowed to open. In a tattered black robe and carrying a scythe, the Grim Reaper made an appearance at Miramar Beach in Northern Florida. It had reopened ahead of the Phase 1 reopening giving the green light in some parts of Florida. Those beaches, open to the public, were full Friday after a month of closures.

Just who is this guy dressing up to remind people of the danger they’re putting themselves and the community in?

The Grim Reaper in question is Daniel Uhlfelder, a lawyer and campaigner for public beach access who put on a cowl and wielded a scythe in an attempt to alert Floridians to the dangers of reopening their economy too soon.

Uhlfelder is a staunch advocate for public beach access in the state, even butting heads with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, whose Florida Panhandle home is parked on a private beach. But allowing anyone on the beach during the pandemic is a mistake, he said — one that could endanger the community.

“We aren’t at the point now where we have enough testing, enough data, enough preparation for what’s going to be coming to our state from all over the world from this pandemic,” the lawyer told CNN.

He added: “I know how beautiful and attractive our beaches are. But if we don’t take measures to control things, this virus is going to get really, really out of control.”

Uhlfelder also launched a website, The Florida Grim Reaper Tour, and is attempting to raise $20,000 to support Democrats running for Congress. But the complicated issue of when to reopen each state doesn’t break clearly down party lines. 

Floridians – and to be fair people around the country – are breaking social-distancing requirements despite the U.S. recording its highest death count so far.

According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 1.1m confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the US and more than 65,000 deaths. There have been nearly 35,000 cases in Florida, and just over 1,300 deaths.Advertisement

States across the US are grappling with how and how quickly to reopen their shuttered economies. In general, Republican governors are moving more swiftly to reopen than Democrats.

The United States just had its deadliest day on record due to the coronavirus as states across the country begin to ease restrictions meant to curb the spread of the virus, according to data published by the World Health Organization. 

The U.S. saw 2,909 people die of Covid-19 in 24 hours, according to the data, which was collected as of 4 a.m. ET on Friday. That’s the highest daily Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. yet, based on a CNBC analysis of the WHO’s daily Covid-19 situation reports.