Last week, the Broward County State Attorney's Office announced a grand jury indictment charging Cruz with 17 counts of first-degree premeditated murder and 17 counts of first-degree attempted murder.
The police radio recordings showed that the Coral Springs police officers were the first to enter the school building after confirming that Broward County Sheriff's Office deputies had not gone in.
Family and friends of victims watch as shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz is led into a courtroom for an arraignment hearing at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Wednesday. They said they are already planning to have more active shooter safety drills in school. Some 93,000 school administrations, teachers and law enforcement officials have already received Secret Service training on preventing future attacks, Grassley said.
A Broward circuit judge agreed - with both BSO and the Broward County school district not appealing that decision, paving the way for Thursday's release. It appears that once the shots ended, a few seconds after Cruz had left the building, Peterson put out a call over the radio for units to stay away from the building. He subsequently warned other officers to stay back at least 500 feet from the same building, apparently anxious about their safety rather than the safety of the kids inside. At 2:21 PM, when shots were fired inside the school, School Resource Deputy Scot Peterson, who has since resigned from his post, arrived on the scene within minutes but stood outside the building rather than entering and trying to apprehend the shooter. In a statement released on his behalf, his attorney said Peterson believed the shooting was coming from outside the school buildings and his client did nothing wrong.
Why did it take more than a month and a lawsuit to get this information before the public?
The WHS walkout was organized by students Segen Gilazgi and Meera Sam who lined up 17 speakers to read brief biographies of the 17 shooting victims.
"The emotions of today are important because the community needs to know that the system failed these kids", he told Local 10 News in Spanish. In fact, the students themselves took every opportunity to dismiss the failures of the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a side issue. You can see them take off running.
This silent, grainy clip would have had a tremendous impact, in terms of public outrage and focus, if it had been released a week or even ten days after the shooting.