Okay I just need to write this out properly because it’s seriously bugging me and it won’t stop.
Sheriff Stilinski is a reasonable man. He’s a Good Guy. He’s moral and noble and he fights for good; he’s a good police officer. We’ve seen over and over again that he’s just and fair; he’s a kind person, he’s a good father and a good man.
So why is he so quick to blame Peter for everything that’s happened this season? Why does he seem to think it’s okay to shoot somebody for thinking something illegal? For thinking it? Because, like it or not, Peter is not responsible for what Meredith did. Or at least, at this moment in time, with the knowledge that we have (that Sheriff Stilinski has), he’s not. Maybe it will come out later on that he did it on purpose, but right now, with the evidence taken from Meredith’s mind and translated by Lydia, we know that Peter’s not to blame for this.
He was in a coma, suffering massive amounts of physical pain as well as from the grief of losing his family. His thoughts were pure rage and grief, which is to be expected. What’s not to be expected is that the girl who’s lying in the same room as him is reading every single one of those thoughts, taking them in, sympathising with Peter’s point of view, understanding his anger, and deciding to act upon them.
Now, Meredith is not completely mentally stable, but that’s another issue altogether, one that deals with her part in this and how much she herself is at fault. But between her and Peter, she is the one who created the deadpool, who arranged the assassinations, who paid the killers. Peter wasn’t even aware that such a plan had ever crossed his mind. He certainly wasn’t the one to have set it in motion.
It’s awful that his thoughts drove her to this, but he could not have known that she could hear them, and even so, he can hardly be expected to control his own thoughts (especially in a situation like that) on the off-chance that someone might take him up on his fury-induced vendetta-planning.
Which is why it makes me really angry that the Sheriff pins the blame entirely on Peter. That, knowing this, he still points a gun at Peter’s head and threatens to kill him. Because we, as an audience, relate to him as a character who Does The Right Thing, and this is not. Peter’s done a lot of terrible things - punish him for those, but you cannot hold him responsible for this one. It’s not on him. But we’re expected to side with the Sheriff and we shouldn’t be because legally, even morally, Peter is not at fault here. This was not Peter’s doing. He did not make this happen.
He thought angrily to himself while in a coma and a girl sitting nearby listened to his thoughts and acted upon them without his knowledge, consent or encouragement. There are a lot of crimes you could justifiably kill Peter for; this is not one of them, and it really angers me that the scene portrays Peter as being sneaky and cunning, talking his way out of this situation, when he should not have been staring down the barrel of that gun in the first place.