Scot Peterson's $8K-plus pension: It pays to be cowardly

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But then, it seems the 55-year-old Petersen, who'll receive the pension for the rest of his life, is accustomed to hefty compensation, given last year's income of $101,879.03, according to the newspaper.

Peterson resigned on February 22 - a week after the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School - and began collecting his $8,702.35-a-month pension last month, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Management Services said.

After the shooting, Peterson said in a statement that he heard gunshots but believed that they were coming from outside of the school and not inside the building where the shooting took place.

Peterson was thrown under the bus by Sheriff Scott Israel, who said at the time that the deputy should have "went in".

Peterson resigned and retired February 22, a week after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where he waited outside as Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people and wounded 17 others.

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Pension payments are reportedly calculated based on the average of his five highest-paid fiscal years and the number of years he worked. He had been captured on CCTV standing outside a door to the school in Parkland, Florida, while suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz went on the rampage, killing 14 students and three officials.

Despite Peterson's cowardly actions, his former employer has continued to support him, stating, "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".

"My daughter would still be alive if this person did his job", he added. Pollack told the Sun-Sentinel.

Because Michael Satz, state attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit, which includes Broward County, declined to file charges against Peterson, there is no reason to deny Peterson his benefits, said Ashley, the Florida Department of Management Services spokeswoman.

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