On Monday, President Trump made the bold statement that he would have run into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the shooting that took place last week. Trump said he would do so to prevent the gunman from carrying out the mass shooting.
“They weren’t exactly Medal of Honor winners, alright?” Trump started, talking about the first responders. “The way they performed was frankly disgusting.”
“You don't know until you test it, but I really believe I'd run in there even if I didn't have a weapon,” Trump told a gathering of governors at the White House. “And I think most of the people in this room would have done that, too. […] But the way they performed was really a disgrace.”
This was a continuation of Trump's criticism of deputy Scot Peterson, who was the school's assigned resource officer.
Following the Parkland shooting, both local and federal law enforcement has come under scrutiny for their failure to prevent and actively deal with the shooter. Initially, there were claims that the shooter was exhibiting threatening behavior before the shooting and that authorities failed to react properly.
It has been revealed that deputy Peterson was at the school during the time of the shooting, but waited outside while the gunman was on his rampage. He waited outside for four minutes. 17 students and staff members were killed during the shooting.
On Friday, Trump responded by stating about Peterson, “when it came time to get in there and do something, he didn't have the courage or something happened […] So he certainly did a poor job. But that's a case where somebody was outside, they're trained, they didn't react properly under pressure or they were a coward.”
On February 22nd, the Broward County Sherrif's Office opened an investigation against Scot Peterson after Sheriff Israel saw a video of Peterson waiting outside of the school. Peterson was promptly suspended without pay and he later announced his resignation.
Under intense criticism from around the nation, Israel publicly stated that the officers were supposed to go in and address the target, as well as relieve the victims and help them out. Israel clarified that there was only one law enforcement person outside of the school, the former deputy.
The Broward County authorities have not welcomed internal investigation that is being conducted about the response to the shooting.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has tasked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to also investigate the officers.
Additionally, there was a contested point that came out about three other deputies being on the scene and not entering the school. It is unclear if the shooting was occurring at this point, however.
The video of Trump's statement can be watched below:
H/T: The Hill