Retired 'Coward' Deputy Who Stayed Outside During Parkland Shooting Receives Massive Pension

This Feb. 14 2018 frame from security video provided by the Broward County Sheriff's Office shows deputy Scot Peterson right outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Fla. The

Retired 'Coward' Deputy Who Stayed Outside During Parkland Shooting Receives Massive Pension

The video released Thursday, March 15, shows Peterson going toward the high school building while a gunman massacred 17 students and staff members, but stayed outside with his handgun drawn.

Retired Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson, who remained outside during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has started receiving his monthly pension of $8,702.35.

Peterson's actions on February 14 are under review after surveillance video outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School showed him waiting to enter the school as the gunman sprayed bullets from his AR-15.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Peterson received his first pension payment in April and can receive the monthly payments for the rest of his life.

As one of the largest mass shootings in modern US history unfolded, Peterson never entered the building where alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz was opening fire and instead took up a position outside the building that was under attack.

Peterson defended his actions and said he followed his training.

He received a salary of $101,879.03 past year, including his base pay and overtime.

Shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz has been jailed since the shooting. His lawyer said in a statement at the time that "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".

Pension payments are reportedly calculated based on the average of his five highest-paid fiscal years and the number of years he worked. He faces 17 charges of first-degree murder.

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