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auto-automobile-blur-532001-300x200Broward Sheriff’s Office detention deputy Verol Cowans of Port St. Lucie, Florida has been arrested after a woman accused him of repeatedly sexually assaulting her starting when she was 7 years old.

Cowans, 58, is charged with four counts of sexual battery by an adult against a victim under 12. He is being held in Palm Beach County Jail. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.

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Reports by multiple news outlets revealed Thursday that in key moments as first responding officers were looking for the active shooter in Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, a commanding officer allegedly ordered the first responders to set up a “perimeter” outside instead of ordering them to enter the building and neutralize the shooter.

The alleged reports are based on a BSO dispatch log Fox News and The Miami Herald acquired. According to the log, Capt. Jan Jordan, commander of BSO’s Parkland district, gave the order to stage and set up a perimeter.

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Scot Peterson, the Broward deputy assigned to be a resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, resigned last Thursday after it was revealed that he failed to enter the school building where Nikolas Cruz shot and killed fourteen students and three faculty members.

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel told the press that Peterson, 54, should have gone into the building and “killed the killer.” Surveillance footage from the school reportedly shows Peterson was outside the building for more than four minutes while the gunman fired at students inside. The event lasted about six minutes.

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Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Leon Campbell was jailed on October 19 for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

Campbell, 37, is charged with lewd or lascivious battery and sexual activity with a minor. Records show he was jailed on Thursday and released on $15,000 bond the following day. It is unclear if he has hired an attorney.

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Wendell Shepherd, a Broward, Florida detention deputy, was arrested on Sunday after he allegedly ran over a parking lot security guard’s foot while searching for a lost cell phone. Shepherd, 43, was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery with great bodily harm. It is not clear whether he has been granted bail bond or enlisted the services of an attorney.

According to news reports, the incident occurred late on Sunday evening at Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami, Florida. A police officer reportedly witnessed the event. The name of the victim has not been released; it is not clear whether the victim or their family will be seeking damages. He reportedly suffered from a broken ankle.

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