The more we learn of just how bad was the politically correct, social engineering policies that passed for police training inside the Broward Country Sheriff’s office, the more we understand why this high school killer was not stopped and why the very people who were charged with keeping the community safe were utterly incapable of dong so.
This week, more evidence has come to light showing how PC-ism undermined community safety in Parkland, Florida.
The newest recovered documents come from the Washington DC-based watchdog group Judicial Watch. One of the training documents instructs officers to confront an active shooter, but this is something that the first officer on the scene, Scot Peterson, failed to do.
Indeed, this week we also got our first glimpse of the surveillance footage showing officer Peterson standing idly outside as the murderer roamed the school’s halls only yards away.
The video was released on March 15 and it shows Peterson standing outside the very building where teenaged killer Nikolas Cruz was systematically killing as many people as he could.
The video shows Peterson reached building 12 — where the attack was happening — roughly 90 seconds after the shooting began.
According to The New York Times:
The deputy failed to confront the gunman during the six-minute rampage, the video’s time stamps show, confirming the account of other law enforcement officers who raised questions about the response by the sheriff’s office almost immediately after the shooting.
The 30-minute video shows former Deputy Scot Peterson flagging down another male staff member from the school at the main administration building and hopping on a golf cart to race toward the freshman building. Mr. Peterson takes cover outside the corner of an adjacent building, and the footage appears to show a few students rushing outside.
More than 10 minutes later, other officers appear to reach Mr. Peterson’s position. The video has no sound.
While outside, Mr. Peterson provided frequent updates on police radio, according to a timeline provided by the sheriff’s office, including directing other officers to the building on the large campus and asking for nearby streets to be shut down.
Peterson’s boss, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, immediately threw Peterson under the bus and openly blamed the officer for not entering the building to stop the killer. “He never went in,” Israel said indignantly. Sheriff Israel quickly suspended Peterson, but the officer replied by resigning his position a day later.
Despite that the video seems to prove that Peterson failed to do his duty, the officer maintained that he did nothing wrong and said he didn’t enter the building because he “wasn’t sure” where the shots were coming from.
In fact, through his lawyer, Peterson claimed that what he did was “consistent with his training.”
But is that true? Did officer Peterson follow the strictures of his training?
This is one question that Judicial Watch tried to delve into with its new document release.
BREAKING: JW released Broward County Sheriff’s Office training & operation docs specifically dictating the first officer(s) on scene at an active shooter incident “will immediately go to confront the shooter” – which they failed to do in Parkland. (1/10)https://t.co/68WjbIqNp3
— Judicial Watch 🔎 (@JudicialWatch) March 15, 2018
Sadly, it seems like “no” might be the answer to that question.
Judicial Watch says that the Broward County Sheriff’s Office training and operations documents tell officers that they should enter an active shooter situation for one obvious reason: to save lives. The training and operations “lesson plan” that JW got through a Freedom of Information Act request instructs deputies to immediately confront a threat because “history shows when a suspect is confronted by any armed individual… they either shoot it out with that person or kill themselves. Either way, the shooting of innocent bystanders must stop.”
“Remember, every time you hear a gunshot in an active shooter incident; you have to believe that is another victim being killed,” the documents say.
“There are now three teams during Active Shooter Incident [Contact, Extraction and Rescue Task Force]: Contact Team: Is first on scene, 1-4 deputies, they will be actively engaging/searching for suspect (HOT ZONE),” the training manual states.
The materials go on:
The lesson plan lists “priorities of life” as: 1) Hostages/victims; 2) Innocent Bystanders; 3) Police/deputies; and 4) Suspects. “If in doubt about going through the door after a suspect, think about the victims and where they stand on the list.”
The importance of a fast and effective response is emphasized: “Time is critical in each of these incidents. This is like no other crime. The motive is to kill as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time. Why? Because the bad guy knows ‘we’ are coming.”
An exercise designed for a lone deputy on the scene of an active shooting is intended to “get the deputy moving towards the gunfire, passing dead students and others running by him.” However, “there is no reason to give up a good position of cover” if the shooting has stopped. “Remember the cavalry is on their way, so it’s better to hold, than to expose yourself to unknown threats.”
The report also found that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel “was also eligible for $2000 in supplemental pay for completing a 20-hr training course. In 2016, the Sheriff received a warning letter that he had not successfully completed the course & his supplemental pay was being withheld.” The papers didn’t note if the training was the active shooter training, though.
JW also searched out Sheriff Israel’s compensation:
Records obtained by Judicial Watch also show that Sheriff Israel is the second highest paid of Florida’s 67 sheriffs at $186,631 for Fiscal Year 2017/18. The sheriff was eligible for $2,000 in supplemental pay for completion of a 20-hour training course. In 2016, Israel received a warning letter that he had not successfully completed the course and his supplemental pay was being withheld.
“These Broward County Sheriff’s Office documents obtained by Judicial Watch show that the law enforcement agency failed the victims of the Parkland shooting,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton wrote. “Lives were lost in Parkland because the Sheriff’s Office personnel were either poorly trained or failed to follow training protocols.”
Then you add the previous reports that Sheriff Israel had a policy of purposefully refusing to arrest and book young criminals, ignored literally dozens of reports about this kid who turned killer, and he even ran for office touting this dangerous social engineering policy (Israel did not care about god policing, only PCism) and we get failure from stem to stern in Broward County.
The sad truth is that these Parkland high school victims never had a chance with “protestors” like Israel and Peterson.