An appeals court decision could clear the away for a lawsuit
to move forward against the former Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy assigned to the
site of the deadly Parkland school shooting in 2018.
The three judge panel refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by
the parents of Meadow Pollack, one of the 17 people killed in the shooting inside
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, against the school’s former resource
officer Scot Peterson.
Lawyers for Peterson, who has been charged with his role that
includes video showing him running outside one of the school’s buildings as
alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz opened fire, argued that the lawsuit filed by Andrew
Pollack and Shara Kaplan should be dismissed because of a law aimed to shield
government employees from personal liability.
The panel upheld the previous ruling from a Broward judge
citing that the law has an exemption for when employees “act in bad faith or
with malicious purpose.”
Peterson retired shortly after the shooting and was charged
over a year later with child neglect, culpable negligence, and perjury
for his actions during the shooting.