Scot Peterson is the school police officer who refused to defend the students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School as a gunman walked methodically around the school murdering his peers. 17 people died that day and 17 others were wounded. Right now, Peterson is in court, defending himself in a negligence suit pursued by a parent of one of the victims.
Peterson is arguing that he had no legal duty to go into the school and protect anyone.
They don’t call him the “Coward of Broward” for nothing. Even worse, multiple courts have ruled that he’s right.
“The court case against Peterson is a negligence suit filed by Andrew Pollack, whose daughter, Meadow, was tragically killed in the shooting. Pollack said that it made no sense for the deputy to argue that he had no legal duty to go inside,” MRCTV reports.
“Then what is he doing there?” the victim’s father said after the ruling. “He had a duty. I’m not going to let this go. My daughter, her death is not going to be in vain.”
“My daughter, her death is not going to be in vain”
Deputy #CowardOfBroward Scot Peterson Who Did Not Confront Parkland Gunman Claims ‘No Legal Duty‘ to Act, Does Act to Get His $8,702 a month Pension https://t.co/sQZT6pC9MN #NRA #realDonaldTrump #MAGA #tcot #Defund.PublicEducation #Indoctrination.EDU pic.twitter.com/XUWqOKEN0k
— Aconservative First (@Conserve1st) December 14, 2018
Here’s how Peterson’s defense lawyer responded (emphasis added), according to MRCTV:
“Peterson’s attorney, Michael Piper disagreed. Piper acknowledged that while this argument for defense may seem offensive and outrageous, as a matter of law, the deputy had no legal duty to confront the shooter. ‘There is no legal duty that can be found,’ Piper said. ‘At its very worst, Scot Peterson is accused of being a coward. That does not equate to bad faith.’
Apparently, this argument stood up in multiple courts, the notion that “government actually has no duty or responsibility to protect anything other than itself.”
So if the left’s argument for how to prevent school shootings is to further restrict the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens and rely on more police in schools, they may want to reconsider. If police aren’t legally obligated to protect students, aren’t liberals creating the conditions to make already bad situations far worse?
Whether or not Peterson had a legal duty to protect those kids, he sure had a moral one.
And it’s adding insult to injury that any of the parents have to listen to such nonsense from the government.