This ruling was in December, 2018. But it’s absolutely insane.
Via The Hill
A federal judge on Monday ruled that Broward County schools and the sheriff’s office were not legally obligated to protect and shield students in the shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last February, according to a report in the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
The outlet reports that U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom tossed out a lawsuit brought by 15 students who survived the school shooting that argued the sheriff’s office and the Broward school district had a legal duty to protect them during the massacre.
Bloom, however, reportedly ruled that the defendants were not constitutionally obligated to protect students who were not in custody.
“The claim arises from the actions of [shooter Nikolas] Cruz, a third party, and not a state actor,” she wrote in the ruling last week. “Thus, the critical question the Court analyzes is whether defendants had a constitutional duty to protect plaintiffs from the actions of Cruz.”
“As previously stated, for such a duty to exist on the part of defendants, plaintiffs would have to be considered to be in custody,” she continued.
Scot Peterson, one of the defendants in the case, was the only armed deputy stationed at the high school on the day the gunman, Nikolas Cruz, arrived at the school with an assault rifle and killed 17 people.
Peterson resigned from his job at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office shortly after the shooting in February after being the target of backlash for not intervening during the mass shooting.
“His arbitrary and conscience-shocking actions and inactions directly and predictably caused children to die, get injured, and get traumatized,” the lawsuit had claimed of Peterson.
The students argued in the lawsuit that the defendants’ “either have a policy that allows killers to walk through a school killing people without being stopped. Alternatively, they have such inadequate training that the individuals tasked with carrying out the policies … lack the basic fundamental understandings of what those policies are such that they are incapable of carrying them out.”
The ruling comes a week after Broward Circuit Judge Patti Englander Henning rejected Peterson’s argument that he had “no legal duty” to intervene during the school shooting, saying that he had an “obligation to act reasonably” during the incident instead.
BTW: Bloom is also the same Obama-appointed worthless piece of shit who ruled in favor of an illegal alien who used fake documents to obtain a drivers license.
The Daily Wire:
She claims that the duty to protect only applies to prisoners and others who are being held in state custody involuntarily. Kids, apparently, are on their own. The motion filed by the judge, according to the Miami Herald, explains, incredibly, that children in school have “the ability to take care of themselves.” Bloom also argued that the shooter was not a “state actor.” Which is an entirely irrelevant point that nobody disputes.
This is why the Second Amendment is more relevant now, than ever.
Unarmed students and faculty have a disadvantage when facing an armed monster hellbent on slaughter. And apparently, their chances aren’t good when it comes to police officers who cower instead of fulfilling their obligations to protect and serve.
Armed criminals deliberately choose soft, unarmed targets. They couldn’t give one shit less about the idea of restrictive gun laws. Every law-abiding American citizen has the right to defend themselves from low life thugs and deranged psychos in spite of the Left’s fatuous politicizing.
It’s bad enough when a deranged little fuckstick decided to attack a school full of kids, and it’s worse when a law enforcement officer, who is armed and trained to deal with this shit, turns into a coward.
The entire Broward County police force, including Scott Israel, should be run out of town.
Bloom justified Broward County’s disgusting depraved indifference. She should be tossed off the bench. Literally.