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AG Sessions Won't Comment on Trump Calling Fla. Deputy a 'Coward'

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 February 2018 09:32 AM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday had nothing to say about President Donald Trump's calling a sheriff's deputy who failed to act in the school shooting in Florida earlier this month a coward.

Last week, Trump called out Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson, who had been assigned to guard the school, for not entering when the shooting began.

"When it came time to get in there and do something, he didn't have the courage or something happened. But he certainly did a poor job. There's no question about that," Trump told reporters on Friday.

"So, he certainly did a poor job. But that's a case where somebody was outside, they're trained, they didn't act properly or under pressure or they were a coward."

Sessions, when asked about Trump's comment by Politico at an event on Tuesday, said: "I don't have any comment on that," and that he hasn't "examined that matter in detail and would prefer not to comment."

"We all need to recognize that 85 percent of law enforcement in America are our state and local officers throughout this country," Sessions said. "They are out there every day on the front lines. We are working with them. We will support them to make their efforts even more successful."

The deputy's lawyer, Joseph DiRuzzo, defended his client, saying he was initially told that the sound of the shooting was from firecrackers, and then believed that the gunshots were coming from outside the school.

"The allegations that Mr. Peterson was a coward and that his performance, under the circumstances, failed to meet the standards of police officers are patently untrue," DiRuzzo said in a statement.

"Mr. Peterson is confident that his actions on that day were appropriate under the circumstances and that the video (together with the eyewitness testimony of those on the scene) will exonerate him of any sub-par performance."

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