Authorities release video showing outside of Parkland high school during shooting
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Mar 17, 2018,
Mar 17, 2018, 1:21
Peterson, who has since resigned from BSO, was the school resource officer criticized by the department for staying outside while students were slaughtered inside the school.
This booking photo shows Nikolas Jacob Cruz, the suspect in a deadly rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
A Florida judge earlier this week agreed with news outlets including The Associated Press that the video should be released.
Moments later three people, Peterson and two others, can be seen on a golf cart driving through campus.
Naples Daily News reports that the Broward County Sheriff's Office released the video and suggested that it "speaks for itself".
Peterson resigned on February 22 rather than face suspension. He also radioed the sheriff's office, issuing a warning about the incident.
The video clip begins shortly after gunfire erupted, with Peterson and civilian security monitor Kelvin Greenleaf walking with objective outside an administration building, clearly alarmed by sounds.
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After his resignation, Peterson insisted that he followed his police training, and took a "tactical position" outside the building, as he believed Cruz was still somewhere outside.
Following his response to the attack, Peterson was branded a coward by President Donald Trump himself and also slammed by surviving students.
The surveillance footage initially shows a uniformed officer and another man outside an arcaded part of the school.
Peterson's attorney, Joseph DiRuzzo, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The footage apparently shows Peterson remaining in that area for the next 20-plus minutes of the clip.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the 19-year-old, saying: "The capital felony was a homicide and was committed in a cold, calculated and premeditated manner without any pretence of moral or legal justification". Video of what happened inside the school is not being released.
The case has reignited a national debate about gun control and school safety, and prompted a nationwide walkout of thousands of students Wednesday showing solidarity a month after the shooting.