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Broward Deputy Scot Peterson Gets $8k A Month From Pension

Broward Deputy Scot Peterson Gets $8k A Month From Pension

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Peterson has started receiving $8,702.35 a month from his pension.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told CNN that video from outside the school corroborated Huff's account.

But then, it seems the 55-year-old Petersen, who'll receive the pension for the rest of his life, is accustomed to hefty compensation, given last year's income of $101,879.03, according to the newspaper.

- A Florida sheriff's deputy who failed to confront a gunman during a February 14 school massacre is receiving a monthly state pension of $8,702.35.

The former Deputy was thrust into the national spotlight after surveillance footage emerged of Peterson taking a "defensive position" and refusing to enter the high school as Nikolas Cruz gunned down students at will.

The sheriff's deputy who stayed outside a school while a gunman shot dead 17 people, will be given a monthly pension of almost $9,000.

About 18 months before the shooting, Peterson attempted to have Cruz involuntarily committed over mental health concerns.

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Israel said Peterson should have "went in".

Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter, Jaime, tweeted that Peterson's pension "infuriates" him in "ways people can not comprehend".

Peterson, facing outrage for what even President Donald Trump called an act of cowardice, resigned in late February, a week after the shooting that also left another 17 injured.

"My daughter would still be alive if this person did his job", he added.

In a March letter to Satz and Israel, Erin Rock, the secretary of the Florida Department of Management Services, wrote that there were neither charges nor circumstances that "would authorize the division to withhold pension benefits from Peterson".

However, Peterson shouldn't get too comfortable: an ongoing Florida state inquiry into the Broward County Sheriff's Department over their actions during the shooting could force Peterson to forfeit his pension benefits.


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