The former Broward County deputy who has faced sharp criticism on how he responded to the Parkland school attack in February will have a chance to defend his actions on Thursday.
Deputy Scot Peterson is scheduled to testify in front of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission.
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There has been speculation that Peterson might invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to testify as a criminal investigation of law enforcement's response continues, but commission spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said Wednesday that the panel is planning on his attendance. Peterson's attorney did not respond to an email seeking comment.
Peterson was a resource officer on duty at the school on Feb. 14 when a former student, Nikolas Cruz, is accused of storming into the freshman building on the campus and killing 14 students and three staff members.
Peterson resigned from the Broward Sheriff's Office shortly after the shooting when surveillance video surfaced of him standing outside the building and not engaging the shooter.
After month's of silence after the massacre, Peterson gave his side of the story in a June interview with NBC's "Today" show . Peterson said he thought the gunshots were coming from a sniper, not an "active shooter inside."
WHAT TIME WILL PETERSON TESTIFY?
According to the commission's agenda, Peterson is tentatively scheduled to testify at 2 p.m.
However, the agenda also says that Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie’s testimony may begin at that time, followed by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel at 3:45 p.m.
Israel faced calls to resign his post after his department was criticized for their response to the attack.
The times and order of appearance are subject to change depending on Peterson’s appearance and participation.
Full agenda for the commission meeting: http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/MSDHS/Meetings/November-Meeting-Documents/MSDHS-Meeting-Agenda-Nov-13-16-FINAL-(1).aspx
Portions of this article courtesy of the Associated Press