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Proposed bill would strip former MSD deputy of retirement benefits for being a “coward”

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A Florida state representative says he believes retired deputy Scot Peterson was derelict in his duty while a gunman killed 17 people inside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school and because of his inaction should not be entitled to his pension.

Rep. Spencer Roach submitted the HB 1091 bill to the Florida House of Representatives on Tuesday.

It soley targets the now retired deputy.

In a Facebook post Rep. Roach says Peterson should not be given his $104,424 pension due to him being a “coward.”

Video from the highschool shooting showed Peterson hiding behind a wall while shots rang out as the shooter made his way floor-by-floor in the freshman building.

In all 34 people were shot, 17 killed.

Peterson decided to retire and collect his retirement instead of having to go through an internal affairs investigation.

The retired deputy has testified in a closed court about last year’s shooting, though he invoke his Fifth Amendment rights during a public hearing before the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission.

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