Video shows Florida deputy outside Parkland high school during rampage

CCTV video footage shows sheriff's deputy Scot Peterson right waiting outside the school during the shooting

Florida's Broward County Sheriff's Office has released surveillance video showing the actions of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resource officer shortly after the first shots were fired on campus last month. He was arrested an hour later about a mile from the school.

As a national debate about the response by law enforcement to the February 14 rampage and random gun violence in America rages, the 27-minute video shows Broward County Deputy Sheriff Scot Peterson failing to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where he worked as an armed guard.

The former deputy has denied any wrongdoing during the incident, claiming that he only followed BSO training, establishing a "tactical position" because he believed the gunfire was coming from the outside of the building.

But in radio transmissions released last week it appears the 32-year veteran deputy knew nearly immediately the shots were coming from inside the freshman building.

John Bostain, an independent police trainer, reviewed the video at the request of The Associated Press.

Students from Miami County Day School walk out of their school to protest gun violence in Miami Shores Florida
MARTA LAVANDIER AP Students from Miami County Day School walk out of their school to protest gun violence in Miami Shores Florida

At least 20 green-clad deputies from the Broward Sheriff's Office formed a tight ring of security around the courtroom. If he pleaded guilty, McNeill said Cruz would accept a sentence of 34 life terms behind bars. He stood in court for the first time on Wednesday and refused to speak - forcing Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer to enter a not guilty plea on his behalf.

The release of the footage comes one day after National Walkout Day, where survivors of the shooting and students nationwide walked out of their classrooms to send a message something needs to change when it comes to school safety and gun laws.

The judge agreed with news outlets, including CBS4, that the video should be released citing strong public interest. Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty.

Police and school officials had resisted the release, saying it was evidence in an active investigation.

Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, whose office is representing Cruz, has said there were so many warning signs that Cruz was mentally unstable and potentially violent, and that the death penalty might be going too far.

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