A judge overseeing a civil lawsuit filed by the families of some victims of the Parkland school shooting will allow video footage of a reenactment of the massacre.
District Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips said Wednesday that she will approve attorneys for the families of the victims and a former school assistant they accuse of negligence to carry out reconstructions using blanks.
The renovation of Building 1200 at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School could take place within the next month.
Families of the victims blame former MP Scott Peterson and Sheriff Broward’s office for failing to protect them and their loved ones during the February 14, 2018 school shooting that left 17 people dead and 17 injured.
On June 29, Peterson was acquitted in a criminal trial of seven counts of child neglect and other charges related to the case. came from.
The victims want video footage of the reconstruction in the hope that the footage will convince jurors in a civil trial that Peterson knew where the shooting came from and should have confronted the killer.
Peterson’s lawyer said the plaintiffs are trying to make a self-serving documentary.
Family members have spent the past few days visiting the 1200 building for the first time since the shooting.
Families of Parkland victims reflected on their experiences after they were allowed to enter the building ahead of its demolition, according to NBC6’s Ari Odzer.
Judge Phillips did not decide whether the footage could be used in court, but allowed both parties to hold their own demonstrations.
Surrounding communities will be notified that they may hear simulated gunfire nearby as part of the reconstruction.
The building of 1200 will be demolished after the reconstruction, if it takes place.