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Here’s What We Know So Far About The Arrested Parkland Officer Who Hid While Students Were Shot And Killed On Campus

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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

Bricks Of Cocaine Have Been Washing Up On Florida Beaches And Some Are Valued At More Than $25,000

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Bricks Of Cocaine Have Been Washing Up On Florida Beaches And Some Are Valued At More Than $25,000

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Florida is gonna Florida. Florida, as usual, is doing the most. Hurricane Dorian has unearthed more than a dozen bricks of cocaine by causing them to wash up on beaches. Hurricane Dorian isn’t a joke nor should it be trivialized. It’s the cause of damage and displacement for thousands of people. 

Beginning as a Category 5 hurricane and eventually downgrading to a Category 2, Dorian has wreaked havoc in the Bahamas, Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida as it continues its move northeast. At least 20 have been killed in the Bahamas, which has been hit particularly hard. The prime minister, Hubert Minnis said Dorian “has left generational devastation across Abaco and Grand Bahama” after it destroyed harbors, shops, offices, hospitals, and airport landing strips. 

So let’s be clear, we’re not undermining the very real disaster whose devastation won’t even be quantifiable for years to come — we’re making fun of Florida. Florida, a state whose crimes are so bizarre and confusing it has a dedicated Twitter account. A state whose men are so bizarre and confusing there is a dedicated “Florida Man” meme. There is a Bored Panda listicle entitled “60 Times Florida Man Did Something So Crazy We Had To Read The Headings Twice.” 

Florida isn’t a regular place, you see, it is a place where the oceans are filled with cocaine. 

15 bricks of cocaine washed ashore. 

A duffel bag containing 15 bricks of cocaine weighing a kilo each turned up on the shore of Cocoa Beach in Florida.

Just 20 miles south, another brick of cocaine was discovered at Paradise Beach and Park in Melbourne, Florida. 

“It happened before the storm, it was on Friday, Aug. 30, it was just a beachgoer that saw a red travel duffel bag that looked suspicious,” Sergeant Manny Hernandez of Cocoa Beach Police Department told Fox Business. 

“So they contacted the Cocoa Beach Police Department and when officers responded, they took the bag and brought it back to station. We then contacted the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).”

This particular brick also weighed a kilo and had the letters “D-I-A-M-A-N-T” written on the package. The NY Post estimatesthe 15 bricks to be worth at least $300,000. However Fox Business reports that the two seizures may total around $810,000 and estimate that each brick is between $20,000 and $30,000.

This happens in Florida all the time, of course.

Bricks of cocaine and marijuana, known as square groupers, have been known to surface in Florida waters. Brevard’s coast has had unintended spills from cargo ships and vessels where coffee cans and other items have been dumped into the ocean. According to Florida Today, it is the rough surf and proximity of the Gulf Stream that causes either “trash or treasure” to wash up frequently. 

“There is a possibility that more will come onshore,” Hernandez said. “Especially now with these conditions. It could be coming from anywhere. We’re telling people to be cautious and not to grab or handle it because if there is an opening, it can go into your pores and you can overdose.”

Why is there so much cocaine in Florida, though?

In 2017,the Sun-Sentinel reported cocaine is making a “roaring” comeback in Florida.  Reportedly, Colombian cocaine production hit a record high with traffickers proliferating the drug in South Florida. Around 90% of the cocaine in the United States can be traced back to Colombia, which has tripled its production in recent years. 

Florida’s Customs and Borders confiscated 4,200 pounds of cocaine in 2016, compared to 1,730 pounds in 2015. Because there is a lag between drug production and distribuion it can take years to see the effects. Flash forward to 2019 where bricks of cocaine are free-flowing on the shores of Cocoa Beach. 

“We’ve never seen cocaine production at these numbers, which tells you there is more cocaine being produced now than at the height of the Medellin and Cali cartels,” Justin Miller, intelligence chief for the DEA’s Miami field division, told the Sun-Sentinel. “That’s significant.”

The increase in production is largely due to the Colombian government ceasing to aerial spray herbicides over coca fields used to make cocaine. The previous method was effective in thwarting cocaine production, but it harmed legitimate crops. Thus, the program ended. 

Don’t do cocaine, kids.

Don’t do cocaine, kids. That’s fairly good advice, I think! It’s nice to know that in the most trying times, Florida will always be Florida. Much like the spinning top was Leonardo Dicaprio’s constant in Inception. Florida is mine because I know it will never change. 

Canada’s Former Prime Minister Says She Was Joking When She Wished For Hurricane Dorian To Hit Mar-A-Lago, But People Are Not Laughing

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Canada’s Former Prime Minister Says She Was Joking When She Wished For Hurricane Dorian To Hit Mar-A-Lago, But People Are Not Laughing

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Floridians have been warily watching the powerful storm named Dorian that continues to gain in strength just off the coast. Experts project that Hurricane Dorian will make landfall near President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago home as a Category 4 or 5 storm on Labor Day. When Former Canadian Prime Minister Avril Phaedra Douglas “Kim” Campbell learned of this, she tweeted out, “I’m rooting for a direct hit on Mar a Lago!” The tweet has prompted outrage from Trump supporters and Floridians alike.

Avril Pheadra Campell is Canada’s first female Prime Minister, serving in 1993 after the resignation of Brian Mulroney.

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She served between June and November 1993, one of the shortest-lived serving Prime Ministers in Canada. Today, she’s the chairperson for Canada’s Supreme Court Advisory Board. 

The next day, Campbell tweeted that she hoped the storm would “shake up Trump’s climate change denial!”

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As Hurricane Dorian strengthens and threatens the United States, Trump’s administration removed regulations to control the emission of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 10x as damaging to our ozone as carbon dioxide. Our ozone helps to protect the earth from allowing powerful heat from the sun to enter our atmosphere, where it creates a “greenhouse” effect to further heat the earth. Hurricanes thrive in warm water, and climate change experts have long been predicting more powerful and frequent storms, pointing to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as further proof of climate change.

Campbell has since deleted the tweet and apologized.

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This isn’t the first time Campbell has caused controversy around Trump. During the government shutdown, Campbell called Trump a “motherf****r” for deflecting a reporter’s question about paying government employees by responding with a bite about border security.

Still, Floridians have responded with shock to Campbell’s comment.

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Twitter user and Miami resident Miguel Diaz tweeted, “IT IS UNBELIEVABLE KIM CAMPBELL FORMER CANADAS PM WISHES HURRICANE DORIAN DESTROYS TRUMP MAR A LAGO HOME. I LIVE IN MIAMI AND I KNOW THE DESTRUCTION OF A HURRICANE. THIS LEFT WING MONSTERS LIKE MS CAMPBELL, HAVE A BLACK EVIL SOUL. MAGA 2020 ALL THE WAY!!!” Another Palm Beach resident responded to her apology tweet to let her know, “I live in the area. Thank you. Your rebuke brought tears to my eyes. Most people are so good and compassionate. She has no idea how it feels to have this monster headed in our direction.”

Meanwhile, Canadians are taking it upon themselves to apologize for Campbell.

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“On behalf of Canada, I’d like to apologize to all our American brothers and sisters for the remarks of our once and very brief PM, Kim Campbell,” tweets Brian Reid. Another Canadian, Twisha, commented, “Meh. Don’t sweat it. I enjoyed it.” Another comforted Campbell by tweeting, “Your comments are totally fine with me Prime Minister. I think them each and every day. You are not alone!”

Meanwhile, others are sarcastically anticipating Trump to scapegoat the damage from Dorian onto Mexicans. “Or the mayor of San Juan.”

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“He’ll blame it on the gays,” tweets Kurt in response.  A Puerto Rican comes out to say that, actually, “he’ll blame it on Puerto Rico for not taking the full hit.” Some folks on Twitter are suggesting authorities rename the hurricane from Dorian to “Karma,” for Trump’s family separation policies. 

“Gotta love the pearl-clutching from the Trumpists about Kim’s Mar-a-lago comment,” commented another Twitter user. “Remember, these are the same humanoids that are applauding Cheeto Benito’s genocidal immigration policies, so their alleged concern over human life is predictably selective and certainly laughable.”

Trump has since described the storm as an “absolute monster.”

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In a video taken in the Rose Garden, Trump said that “we all got lucky, it missed Puerto Rico.” He goes on to say that “it’s looking like it could be an absolute monster,” and that the administration is shipping food and water to Florida. Mysteriously, throughout the video, Trump keeps referring to Dorian as hitting “dead center,” but doesn’t tell us where the dead center is to him.

Nonetheless, Hurricane Dorian is a major storm that should be taken very seriously.

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Just yesterday, the Governor of Florida issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency for 26 counties within the state. Mar a Lago is settled into Zone B of the disaster areas, and has yet to be ordered to evacuate. According to Trump, “we’re still waiting,” to see. In the meantime, Floridians are preparing by shuttering their homes, filling up gas tanks, and clearing grocery stores of food and water.

READ: Tropical Storm Dorian Could Hit Puerto Rico And People On The Island Aren’t Taking Any Chances