Judge Denies Ex-Deputy's Motion to Dismiss Parkland Shooting Lawsuit

The only armed deputy stationed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School the day of Nikolas Cruz’s deadly rampage asked a Broward judge on Wednesday to find he had “no legal duty” to protect the students and faculty from harm.

The judge rejected his argument.

Scot Peterson, who resigned from the Broward Sheriff’s Office in late February and is accused of shirking his responsibility by hiding instead of confronting Cruz, wanted Broward Circuit Judge Patti Englander Henning to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the family of Meadow Pollack, one of 17 people shot and killed in the Parkland school on Feb. 14.

“We want to say he had an obligation, but the law isn’t that,” said Peterson’s lawyer, Michael Piper. “From a legal standpoint, there was no duty.”

Englander Henning saw it differently, finding Peterson had a duty to the school community as someone whose job was security and who had an “obligation to act reasonably” under the circumstances of the shooting, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

 

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New Jersey Police Use Bait Packages to Catch Porch Pirates

The explosion in online shopping has led to porch pirates and stoop surfers swiping holiday packages from unsuspecting residents. The police in one New Jersey city are trying to catch the thieves with some trickery of their own.

Police in Jersey City are teaming up with Amazon to install doorbell cameras and plant dummy boxes with GPS tracking devices at homes around the city, the Associated Press reports.

They didn’t have to wait long Tuesday for someone to take the bait.

“We had a box out on the street for three minutes before it was taken,” said police Capt. James Crecco, who is overseeing the mission. “We thought it was a mistake at first.”

 

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2 Denver Officers Bitten by Suspect

Two Denver Police Department officers were assaulted, reportedly bitten by a suspect on the 16th Street Mall early Tuesday evening.

The officers were dealing with a party on an unknown substance when they were injured.

A DPD spokesperson said the officers were taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The spokesperson would not confirm how the officers were hurt.

An officer at the scene told KDVR the person on the unknown substance bit both of the officers. That person was also taken to a hospital.

 

 

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Police continue search for suspect in deadly French Christmas market shooting

Author: American Military University

By PoliceOne Staff

STRASBOURG, France — A massive manhunt continued Wednesday for the suspect in Tuesday’s shooting at a French Christmas market that left two people dead, a third brain dead, and 12 people wounded, Associated Press reported.

French prosecutors are treating Tuesday’s attack as an act of terrorism. The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt, has a criminal record of non-terrorist offenses including several prison sentences in France, Germany and Switzerland with 27 convictions. It’s believed he was radicalized in prison.

Police have arrested four people close to the suspect and in connection with the attack.

The market remained closed Wednesday along with several schools canceling class for the day.

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Ohio police chief resigns amid shooting investigation

Author: American Military University

By PoliceOne Staff

PERRYSBURG, Ohio – A police chief is resigning days after an investigation found he misjudged his response to an officer-involved shooting of a gunman who had taken two people hostage.

Investigators found Perrysburg police Chief Daniel Paez pulled officers from the scene when they were needed to relieve officers who were “traumatized” by the August incident, without first consulting officials, The Blade reports.

Chief Paez led the department for more than nine years, starting with the Perrysburg Police Department in 1994.

Perrysburg Mayor Tom Mackin previously said he planned to review issues identified in a report on the investigation with the chief and city administrators and believed Paez could be disciplined following his review. The mayor now thinks the resignation is enough and he does not anticipate taking further action, according to the report.

Councilmembers have mixed thoughts on Paez’s decision. Some believe he should still be held accountable for his decision of pulling the officers. Others believe his resignation is sufficient.

His last day as chief is Jan. 8.

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