Video of events outside Florida school shooting to be released

Video shows officer at Florida school shooting failed to act

Video of what happened inside the school is not being released.

Cruz is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in connection with the mass shooting.

The video clip begins shortly after gunfire erupted, with Peterson and civilian security monitor Kelvin Greenleaf walking with goal outside an administration building, clearly alarmed by sounds.

At least 20 green-clad deputies from the Broward Sheriff's Office formed a tight ring of security around the courtroom. When they arrive, Peterson pulls his weapon and goes forward but then retreats and takes up a position outside the building.

As a national debate about the response by law enforcement to the February 14 rampage and random gun violence in America rages, the 27-minute video shows Broward County Deputy Sheriff Scot Peterson failing to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where he worked as an armed guard.

Though the 32-year veteran deputy has won awards for his record, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said after he watched Peterson in the video, he was "devastated".

Following his response to the attack, Peterson was branded a coward by President Donald Trump himself and also slammed by surviving students.

A Florida judge earlier this week agreed with news outlets including The Associated Press that the video should be released.

Peterson resigned shortly after an investigation was announced.

Nearly all of the footage shows dark figures occasionally moving outside the school's Building 12, often while obscured by shadows.

Deputy Scot Peterson can be seen with an unidentified school employee outside a room in the first moments of the massacre.

His attorney says Peterson did nothing wrong. "Do not approach the 12 or 1300 building, stay at least 500 feet away", a panicked Peterson shouted as people screamed in the background, according to radio recordings released last week.

The video does not show inside the buildings, the gunman or the faces of any students. It also prompted Wednesday's nationwide walkout of thousands of students who showed solidarity with the Parkland students a month after the shooting.

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