A number of news organizations, including The New York Times and The Miami Herald, sued for the footage's release after the Sheriff's Office and school district resisted requests to make the video public.
A Broward County Court today demanded the release of surveillance video showing the actions - or inactions - of Deputy Scot Peterson on February 14th at Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School.
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 nearly immediately after the shooting.
The Sheriff's Office said after receiving unpaid suspension, Peterson chose to resign and retired immediately to avoid possible termination. They get into a golf cart to head to Building 12. Peterson and Greenleaf can be seen waving, then the school officer assumes a position that is partially obstructed by a pole.
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Days later, the Broward County Sheriff's Office released a record of 23 calls to Cruz's home over the past decade that reveals a series of increasingly violent incidents involving the youth.
As a result, first responders headed to the parking lot first, wasting several minutes of time.
Sheriff Israel suspended Peterson, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, after the shooting, and said he was "disheartened" and "demoralized" by the deputy's decision not to enter the building. The video has no sound.
However, Peterson's attorney said his client at first believed the gunshots were fireworks when he heard them.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, faces 34 murder and attempted murder charges in the attack and a judge entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf Wednesday as students across the nation walked out of school to protest gun violence.
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The first moments of the video show what was happening about a minute after the shooting started.
In the video, Peterson is seen with an unidentified school employee walking toward a room at 2:22 p.m., less than a minute after Cruz opened fire.
A Broward County sheriff's deputy, Scot Peterson, resigned in disgrace roughly a week after the shooting after an investigation found he waited outside the school and made no attempt to confront the gunman, though his lawyer disputed accusations that Peterson failed to follow protocol or acted cowardly.
The law enforcement response to the shooting was also hampered by the failure of Broward County's police radio system.
The media outlets argued that the events depicted in the video, namely Peterson's actions, had already been discussed publicly in detail by Sheriff Israel.
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Cruz's state-assigned public defender Melissa McNeil added that Cruz would plead guilty if prosecutors waived the death penalty as a potential punishment.