Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Deputy who waited outside during school massacre gets $104K-per-year pension

Deputy who waited outside during school massacre gets $104K-per-year pension

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. After learning of his actions, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel opened an investigation, prompting Peterson to resign and retire rather than face termination and the possible loss of his state pension.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Peterson has started receiving $8,702.35 a month from his pension. President Donald Trump slammed Peterson, saying he "certainly did a poor job" and that he was a "coward" for not going into the school to try to help the students.

Peterson's reaction to the deadly school shooting is under police scrutiny and has drawn widespread criticism.

Public records show that Peterson earned $75,673.72 in base salary plus overtime and other compensation past year, for a total of $101,879.03. Monthly payments are calculated based on the five highest-paid years of Peterson's 32-year career in law enforcement.

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Andrew Pollack, the father of Meadow, who was killed in the shooting, called him a "disgrace" and told the Sun-Sentinel the pension "doesn't change when he looks in the mirror".

Pollack said Peterson should not be entitled to his pension and instead suggested the pension monies be allotted for school safety.

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

"This guy is a disgrace". Before the pension payments began, the Department of Management Services asked Broward State Attorney Michael Satz about Peterson, but Satz's office said it had no information to provide and referred questions to FDLE. He hid while my daughter and 16 others were slaughtered! Until the shooting, he was considered a trusted school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas, according to annual reviews of his performance. That money should go to actually securing our schools!

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