FT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Clearly there’s a new Sheriff in town. And today he made major moves in the Parkland mass shooting response investigation.
Law Enforcement Today has now learned that Sergeant Brian Miller of Broward County has been terminated. He was previously suspended in 2018 over his response to the Parkland massacre.
The announcement was made by Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony and his department Tuesday afternoon.
“Today, as a result of the continuing internal investigation and disciplinary process, Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony officially announced the termination of two deputies who were found to have neglected their duties. The two are former Deputy Scot Peterson and Sergeant Brian Miller . The deputy and sergeant were found to have neglected their duties at MSD High School. They have been terminated and will no longer be privileged to serve as law enforcement deputies for the Broward Sheriff’s Office.”
“We cannot fulfill our commitment to always protect the security and safety of our Broward County community without doing a thorough assessment of what went wrong that day,” Sheriff Tony said. “I am committed to addressing deficiencies and improving the Broward Sheriff’s Office.”
Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement have now charged Peterson with seven counts of child neglect, three counts of culpable negligence, and one count of perjury after a 15-month investigation, the agency said.
“The Broward Sheriff’s Office and our first responders are now better prepared and trained to respond to an active shooter crisis. We have enhanced our active shooter response protocol, increased our training staff, introduced essential equipment, established training partnerships with federal organizations and are building a regional training center.”
“The FDLE investigation shows former Deputy Peterson did absolutely nothing to mitigate the MSD shooting that killed 17 children, teachers and staff and injured 17 others,” FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen said in a news briefing. “There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his inaction cost lives.”
Peterson was investigated for his role, or lack thereof, in the events that transpired on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida.
Video footage obtained from the high school showed Peterson standing around with another faculty member as Nikolas Cruz ruthlessly marched through the halls of the building, taking the lives of anyone in his path.
Investigators said that Peterson “refused to investigate the source of the gunshots, retreated during the active shooting while victims were being shot and directed other law enforcement who arrived on scene to remain 500 feet away from the building.”
Over two dozen lawsuits have been filed against Peterson by the parents of Parkland students.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel was recently suspended by Governor Ron DeSantis following an investigation into the department’s ability to handle emergencies.
In Florida, perjury is a third degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison $5,000 fine. Law Enforcement Today sources suggest charges of negligence won’t stick, given department policy at the time. With that said, perjury is something our sources say he should be extremely concerned about.
They say Peterson knew about “single officer response” after attending a number of school trainings about the approach.
Despite this, they say he still went public on television and denied responsibility.
The Broward State Attorney’s Office, 17th Judicial Circuit will prosecute.