In February 2018 there was a massacre at a school in Parkland, Florida. 17 died and 17 were injured. A police officer who was assigned to the school took no action to try to stop the shooting and warned other colleagues away.
" the 30-year veteran - who worked at the school for nine years and resigned days after the attack - has been charged with seven counts of child neglect with great bodily harm, three counts of culpable negligence and exposure to harm, and one count of perjury."
So, should he go to jail?
I'd like to know what his duties were. Did he take an oath to defend others lives? He was 30 years old and had been at the school for 9 years - so he hadn't done much in the way of policing before this job. What was his training?
Last Edit: Jun 7, 2019 12:17:56 GMT -5 by MalcolmR
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An officer's first priority is to protect himself. If he can't keep himself safe, he can't keep us safe. There's a reason officers always respond in pairs for any potentially high risk situation. Traffic duty is probably the only time they're solo, even then backups is just a radio call away.
My high school had a resource officer. He was a state cop. Not sure if he was armed or not. He didn't jump into student fights to break them up. All he did was detain the students until officers arrived to arrest them when something went down.
I don't know law but I believe he should have gone in. He was armed. Others that gave their lives to protect students weren't armed. If he doesn't go in and try to protect students in that scenario then why is he armed?
I think he should be charged with some type of negligence.
Bullshit. An officer's primary concern should not be for his personal safety but his MISSION. What was his mission - what was the purpose of his employment? WHY was he armed?
Certainly not to hide outside the school for a whole FOUR FUCKIN' MINUTES while the perp was killing people, reloading, killing more people, reloading, etc.. He fired over 140 rounds while this guy hid (maybe he didn't like loud noises?)
What was his plan - wait for the perp to run out of ammo and then saunter out of the building? Peterson IS GUILTY OF CRIMINAL CHARGES - HE ALLOWED PEOPLE TO DIE because he is a damn coward. He, more than anyone else other than the perp IS RESPONSIBLE for those deaths he could have prevented.
His personal safety is FAR down the list of important things to consider in this case.
He attempted to prevent/warn other arriving officers of the 'loud noises' coming from the school, but thankfully THEY were not cowards and confronted the perp, stopping the killing. Peterson should be in jail for aiding and abetting murder if nothing else.
Oh, and I don't know where you are getting your information, but this article says he's 56 years old - not 30 NY Times
Off topic; I used to work with a South African guy. He was easy enough to follow when he talked about using the lift or needing some petrol. One day, while discussing quitting smoking he stated that he still had an urge to "go out and suck on a fag". After we stopped laughing, we had to point out that he may want to phrase that differently in Boulder.
On topic, We need to separate moral and ethical sensibilities from legal issues. Aiding and abetting is what you get charged with when you help plan or hide a crime; but don't actually participate. That doesn't seem appropriate here. Child neglect? Maybe, though it's not like he was their babysitter. Negligence? Again maybe, though it's hard to find any legal precedence that he has an obligation here. Perjury over the number of shots? Who knows what he heard?
No one is defending the guy. It just seems that any criminal charges aren't going to stick.
His safety comes second to his job: to defend the defenseless. If he wasn't prepared to do that, he shouldn't have been in that position. I'm having some deja vu here, and I think we've already done this one. However, it bears doing again.
There are some professions where you willingly trade your personal safety for a greater purpose. Military is one. Law enforcement is another. Firefighters, EMTs too. With what we now know, this is nothing but cowardice and it cost the lives of children. Yes, he should absolutely go to jail for dereliction of duty.