SOUR GRAPES: Suspended Parkland Sheriff Claims 'This Is About Politics'


Sheriff Israel inserted the word "may" in the BSO policy, and it is insufficient and fails to unequivocally convey the expectation that deputies are expected to immediately enter an active assailant scene where gunfire is active and to neutralize the threat. "This was about politics, not about Parkland".

On Friday, DeSantis denied any political motivation, saying Israel's removal was about accountability and keeping children safe.

Kaplan said that they were still exploring avenues to challenge the suspension, which the governor issued at his own news conference in Fort Lauderdale about an hour before.

"We put in the executive over that as climate changes, as our environment changes, as water rises in places like South Florida and there's increased flooding, we want to make sure that we're taking the steps that we can to combat that", he said. I know that Scott Israel, he's tried to mask his incompetency previously by calling out the NRA or calling out other individuals, but you know, Martha, this is not about the NRA.

Gregory Tony will be the county's interim sheriff.

Seventeen students and educators were killed on February 14 at the high school, after which the Broward County Sheriff Department's response that day hasbeen called into question. Chadwick Wagner. "This is a decision that only the resident voters of Broward County should decide".

Since the Parkland shooting, in which 14 students and three staff members were killed, Israel and his office have been criticized for their response to the shooting.

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A state commission investigating the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School recently concluded Israel's changes to the department's active shooter policy may have contributed to some deputies' inaction during the shooting.

According to Florida statute, the governor has the power to suspend the sheriff for actions such as "misfeasance" and "neglect of duty" and may fill the office by appointment for the period of suspension. The attack, which also left dozens injured, is one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history.

In a letter to then-Gov. Rick Scott in February, urging him to suspend Israel for "incompetence and neglect of duty".

As early as March 1, DeSantis called for Israel to resign, amid revelations of missed red-flags and a slow response to the shooting.

The following month, the Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association took a largely symbolic vote of no confidence against Israel, leading union President Jeff Bell to subsequently ask Gov. Scott to remove or suspend the sheriff.

Much of the perceived faults of the Broward Sheriff's Office were outlined in the lengthy Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission report submitted to the governor's office last week.