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#UPDATES: Shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida - 14 Feb 2018

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by Kimster, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Parkland shooter came into an $865k insurance policy. Now his public defenders are dropping him

    Nikolas Cruz, the teen who confessed to carrying out one of the worst school shootings in the nation’s history, is about to become very wealthy.

    Cruz and his half-brother, Zachary Cruz, will share the proceeds of an $864,929 MetLife life insurance policy, his lawyers wrote in a court pleading Wednesday.

    Because the Broward Public Defender’s Office, which had represented Cruz since the massacre on Valentine’s Day in 2018, can represent only impoverished defendants, the office has asked Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer to remove its lawyers from the case, records show.

    (If NK gifted his portion to ZC then this issue would be mute. Wonder why no legal representative is stepping in?)
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  2. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Scot Peterson, the former sheriff’s deputy and school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., made his first court appearance on Wednesday on charges connected with failing to protect the students during the mass shooting there on Feb. 14, 2018.

    He appeared via video link for a bond hearing in magistrates court in Fort Lauderdale.

    Mr. Peterson, who retreated to a position of safety during the attack, was found to have done “absolutely nothing to mitigate” the carnage, according to law enforcement officials following an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

    [Here are the three crucial steps officials say Scot Peterson missed]

    The gunman in the massacre killed 17 students, teachers and staff members, and wounded 17 others. Mr. Peterson was the only armed guard on campus.

    Scot Peterson Warrant
    Scot Peterson, a former Broward County sheriff’s deputy and school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., faces 11 charges of neglect of a child, culpable negligence and perjury.
    Afterward, his defense lawyer, Joseph DiRuzzo of Fort Lauderdale, said he expected that his client would be able to post bond and be released.

    “We are waiting for the case to be assigned to a circuit criminal judge. We intend to file a motion to reduce bond and a motion to modify the terms of pretrial release,” he told reporters, adding that he was “anticipating it shouldn’t take very long.”

    “We expect Mr. Peterson to be treated fairly, just like every other person,” he said.

    Experts say that criminally charging a law enforcement officer for negligence in his response to a mass shooting is new ground.

    “This is the first time I have seen somebody so charged like this,” Clinton R. Van Zandt, a former profiler with the F.B.I. and an expert on mass shootings, said. “I think that every police officer, sheriff and F.B.I. agent understands that you have to go to the threat and stop it and that we are no longer going to wait for SWAT or set up perimeters.”

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  3. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Negligence Actions: Another type of tort for which an officer may be sued is the tort of negligence. There are four basic elements of a negligence action.

    1. A duty owed- All persons generally have a duty to act with reasonable care toward those they come into contact with.
    2. A breach of the duty-A person breaches their duty when they fail to exercise reasonable care.
    3. Causation- The breach of duty must be the cause in-fact and the proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injury.
    4. Damages-The plaintiff must suffer some damages as a result of the breach of duty.
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