‘He certainly did a poor job’: Trump says armed campus cop who resigned in disgrace after hiding from Florida school shooter either ‘didn’t react properly under pressure’ or is a coward

Friday, February 23, 2018
By Paul Martin

Marjory Stoneman Douglas’s resource officer Scot Peterson ‘never went in’ during the massacre
According to a union official, Peterson thinks he did a good job because he called in the location of the shooting and got a description of the attacker
An officer claims Peterson hid behind a cement column during the shooting
Sheriff Scott Israel said he should’ve gone ‘in, addressed the killer, and killed’
Israel said Peterson’s lack of action made him ‘sick to [his] stomach’
Peterson received award in 2014 for ‘tact and judgment’ from City of Parkland
The 54-year-old was nominated for Parkland deputy of the year in 2017
Peterson had been told in 2016 about Cruz’s Instagram posts about opening fire at a school

23 February 2018

The campus cop who failed to intervene when Nikolas Cruz started murdering his classmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week ‘did a poor job,’ President Trump scolded on Friday morning.

‘What he did, he’s trained his whole life…When it came time to get in there and do something, he didn’t have the courage or something happened,’ Trump said as he prepared to board Marine One at the White House. ‘But he certainly did a poor job. There’s no question about that. He was there for five minutes, for five minutes, that was during the entire shooting, he heard it right at the beginning.

‘So he certainly did a poor job,’ Trump repeated. ‘But that’s a case where, somebody who was outside, they’re trained, they didn’t react properly under pressure or they were a coward. It was a real shot to the police department.’

The cop, Scot Peterson, resigned in disgrace on Thursday after sheriff, Scott Israel, lambasted him for failing to engage with the shooter in the deadly massacre.

Peterson ‘believed he did a good job,’ the president of the county’s police union says. His boss, and the President of the United States, disagreed.

Trump laid into Peterson as he spoke to press for several minutes on Friday morning before departing the White House for a speech to conservative activists at a nearby convention.

Following Peterson’s resignation, Jeff Bell, the president of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association, reached out to Peterson, even though he is not a member of the union.

Bell told the New York Post that Peterson feels ‘distraught’ over the shooting, that left 17 dead.

Still, Peterson said he thought he acted in the right way but calling the shooting in.

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