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Cop Who Ducked Parkland Shooter Gets $8K Monthly Pension

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 May 2018 12:24 PM

The cop who ducked the Parkland School shooter is getting an $8,702.35 monthly pension, Time magazine reported.

Scot Peterson came under fire earlier this year when he failed to confront the gunman that opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, killing 17 people with an AR-15 rifle.

The 55-year-old resigned and retired shortly after the massacre, and according to The Sun-Sentinel, began receiving a monthly state pension of $8,702.3 in April.

These payments are based on the total number of years Peterson worked, and the average of his five highest-paid fiscal years, but according to a Department of Management Services spokeswoman, health benefits are not included in the monthly amount.

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

Surveillance video of the Parkland shooting showed the officer approaching the high school building in which suspect shooter Nikolas Cruz was stalking the halls, but he then backed away and stayed outside with his handgun drawn.

During most of the six minutes of shooting, the camera's view of Peterson is blocked by a light pole but parts of him occasionally appear. He never went inside.

Peterson has maintained he thought the shots were being fired from outside the school but Sheriff Scott Israel said the deputy should have entered the building immediately.

The father of one of the student victims of the Valentine's Day massacre, Andrew Pollack, meanwhile has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against eight people and entities, including Peterson.

Outraged by news of Peterson's hefty pension, Pollack took to twitter to vent.

"The coward of broward, Scot Peterson is getting over $8k a month pension! He hid while my daughter and 16 others were slaughtered! How in the hell is he getting this? That money should go to actually securing our schools! #FixIt"

Another parent whose daughter was killed in the shooting said it was infuriating to know what Peterson was being paid a monthly pension.

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

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Scot Peterson, the sheriff's deputy who retired after failing to confront the school shooter in Parkland, Florida, is receiving a monthly pension of $8,702.35.
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