Law won't let him strip Stoneman Douglas deputy's pension, Gov. Scott says

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Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson now receives over eight thousand dollars a month in pension despite his failure to act during February's tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The former school resource officer criticized for his response to the Parkland school massacre is receiving more than $8,700 a month in state pension, Florida Department of Management Services spokeswoman Nina Ashley said Wednesday.

Following the shooting, Peterson released a statement saying he believed the gunshots were coming from outside of the school and not inside the building.

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Scot Peterson resigned and retired from his post as a resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 22. He aims to prevent potential shooters like Cruz from falling "through the cracks" of the education system, the Associated Press reported. Surveillance video showed that he remained outside the Broward school while a gunman shot and killed 14 students and three staff members with a high-powered assault rifle.

According to the state pension handbook, Peterson's pension payments are based on the "total number of years he worked and the average of his five highest-paid fiscal years".

There are no charges or circumstances that would affect Scot Peterson's pension, according to a March 28 department letter requesting local officials submit information pertaining to Peterson's retirement benefits. Pollack told the Sun-Sentinel.

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Israel said Peterson should have "went in". Pollack filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Peterson last month.

Parents such as Andrew Pollack, whose daughter, Meadow, was killed that day. He hid while my daughter and 16 others were slaughtered!

Mr Peterson's inaction has prompted widespread condemnation, with US President Donald Trump even weighing in to accuse him of cowardice. "My daughter would still be alive if this person did his job".

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Timothy Donnelly, an assistant state attorney, responded that the agency is waiting for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to complete its investigation, ordered by Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

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