Surveillance video released of Marjory Stoneman Douglas campus after gunman opened fire
- Author: Tracy Klein Mar 19, 2018,
Mar 19, 2018, 12:18
Florida's Broward County Sheriff's Office has released surveillance video showing the actions of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resource officer shortly after the first shots were fired on campus last month.
Tony Montalto's daughter was one of 17 killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in February.
In the spectator's gallery was his younger brother Zachary, who had tears running down his face. She agreed to a 30-day reset and said she was inclined to discharge the public defender, but had no issue allowing the Public Defender's Office to stay on the case until it was determined whether Cruz could hire a private attorney. He was arrested an hour later about a mile from the school. During the arraignment, some of the people gathered in the courtroom wore shirts and pins honoring the victims of the massacre.
Prosecutors argued in court filings that the release "would be detrimental to the fair presentation of evidence to the grand jury, and jury hearing this matter at trial, and potentially the due process rights of Nikolas Cruz". Defense attorney Melisa McNeill emphasized to the judge that Cruz remains willing "at any time" to plead guilty "in exchange for a waiver of the death sentence" and instead spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Florida Governor Rick Scott, through his spokesman John Tupps, said he supported the death penalty for Cruz, saying the state would hold the accused gunman accountable "to the fullest extent of the law".
"It was not unexpected", Finkelstein told ABC News in a statement Tuesday.
That announcement triggered public outrage against Peterson, with President Donald Trump calling it "disgusting" that the deputy made no attempt to stop accused 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz from allegedly shooting up the school. Finkelstein has said it would be wrong to execute Cruz when officials missed so many red flags leading up to the shooting, which "should never have happened".
Ira Jaffe, whose son and daughter survived the shooting, said he respects the wishes of the 17 families whose children were killed and that time is better spent finding solutions to the problem of mass school shootings.
His lawyers have let it be known he is prepared to plead guilty if he is guaranteed not to receive a death sentence. "The video speaks for itself". He has been kept away from other inmates for his own safety, the records said, and most of his interactions with other people have been with visiting attorneys or the jail staff members monitoring him.