In the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida school massacre, retired Las Vegas Police Lt. Randy Sutton is calling on law enforcement to update their policies to protect and save children.
“When there is an armed gunman in a school you want a warrior,” Sutton told FOX Business’ Charles Payne on “Varney & Co.” “And that’s what 99.9% of police officer have signed on to do.”
Sutton’s comments come in the wake of news that deputy Scott Peterson, an armed guard outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas failed to enter the building as the shooting was taking place.
“This is a dark day for law enforcement,” Sutton added. “I am ashamed of what happened.”
On Friday, President Trump called Peterson, who resigned, a “coward” before departing for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). But in Sutton’s opinion, it’s a “sincere leadership issue” — and law enforcement is speaking out.
Sutton, one of America’s best known officers, has received “literally hundreds” of responses from law enforcement officers across the U.S., he said.
“There have been hundreds and hundreds of them hanging their heads in shame and know that they wish they had been in that position to go in,” he said.
While addressing CPAC Friday, Trump advocated for arming teachers with concealed weapons as part of a solution to making schools a harder target for attackers.
“I am a complete believer in that,” Sutton added.