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The Broward County Sheriff’s Office released video surveillance footage Thursday that showed an armed school resource officer standing outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while the shooting rampage unfolded inside the building.

The video speaks for itself. His actions were enough to warrant an internal affairs investigation, as requested by Sheriff Scott Israel..."
— The Sheriff's office said in a statement that accompanied the video

Why it matters: Deputy Scot Peterson resigned after being suspended without pay when authorities reviewed a video showing he failed to take action or engage with the shooter who killed 17 people. Peterson had defended his response to the mass shooting, saying that he thought gunshots were coming from outside the school building, not inside.

  • The video release came in response to a suit filed by media outlets and raises further questions about the actions of the sole-armed officer on campus during the incident.
  • Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating law enforcement responses to the shooting at the request of Gov. Rick Scott.

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AP: Justice Dept. rescinds "zero tolerance" policy

A young girl waves to onlookers through the fence at the US-Mexico border wall at Friendship Park in San Ysidro, California in Nov. 2018. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden's acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson issued a memo on Tuesday to revoke the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which separated thousands of migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, AP first reported.

Driving the news: A recent report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz emphasized the internal chaos at the agency over the implementation of the policy, which resulted in 545 parents separated from their children as of October 2020.

Biden picks up his pen to change the tone on racial equity

Vice President Harris looks on as President Biden signs executives orders related to his racial equity agenda. Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

President Biden is making a down payment on racial equity in a series of executive orders dealing with everything from private prisons to housing discrimination, treatment of Asian Americans and relations with indigenous tribes.

The big picture: Police reform and voting rights legislation will take time to pass in Congress. But with the stroke of his pen, one week into the job Biden is taking steps within his power as he seeks to change the tone on racial justice from former President Trump.

Most Senate Republicans join Rand Paul effort to dismiss Trump's 2nd impeachment trial

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Forty-five Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, supported an effort to dismiss former President Trump's second impeachment trial.

Why it matters: The vote serves as a precursor to how senators will approach next month's impeachment trial, making it highly unlikely the Senate will vote to convict. The House impeached Trump for a second time for "incitement of insurrection" following events from Jan 6. when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.