Broward County Sheriff Under Fire – Should He Be Removed?
Does Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel need to resign? Recent revelations appear to reveal a serious flaw in the department’s “law enforcement” methods. A resident of Broward County is calling for the Sheriff Israel’s removal as well as the school board, all of whom he holds responsible for the massacre on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. And he is right, there is more than a smoking gun in this travesty.
“I call on Governor Rick Scott to suspend from office, pursuant to Section 7 of the Florida Constitution, Sheriff Israel, Superintendent Runcie, all members of the school board of Broward County and DCF Secretary Carroll for malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty, incompetence, and permanent inability to perform official duties and appoint replacements that will ensure the safety of our children.” Wayne Alder, attorney, in the Coral Springs Talk.
The Coral Springs paper wrote,
“School Board Superintendent Robert Runcie admitted the school board was aware that Cruz, who was diagnosed as emotionally disabled, was transferred from a special behavioral center to Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 2016, even though educators were aware even before the move that Cruz was preoccupied with guns, violence and people being killed.”
Deaths of students directly lie at the foot of the school and the Sheriff
Breitbart wrote that another report released on Friday revealed that THREE other Broward County Deputies stood outside the building where the carnage was taking place and still failed to enter to stop the perpetrator. That makes FOUR. As we previously reported, SRO Scot Peterson resigned over it.
According to the report, Coral Springs Police officers joined with the last two arriving Broward County Deputies and actually entered the building. By then, the six minutes of massacring students and faculty were over and the perpetrator had fled. The Coral Springs officers were reportedly extremely upset that the first few Broward County deputies did not enter the building to stop the perpetrator.
It came to light previously that the security footage of the shooting had been rewound and was on a delay, so that police thought the perpetrator was still in the building after he was long gone. Who did that is unknown, but it seems relevant to the questions raised.
Broward County Schools – Is this why the Sheriff’s office virtually ignored Nikolas Cruz for months?
How could this happen?
This is horrific. “In November, a tipster called BSO to say Cruz ‘could be a school shooter in the making’ but deputies did not write up a report on that warning. It came just weeks after a relative called urging BSO to seize his weapons.” https://t.co/3gtwGPl6bo
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 23, 2018
According to a writer at The Conservative Treehouse, the school district and law enforcement in Broward County entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) back in 2012 that stated students would not be arrested for misdemeanor crimes. It is unclear if that memorandum actually went into effect. The purpose was to keep students who were most likely to be arrested from being prevented from graduation.
Though the MOU does not actually negate law enforcement discretion, it does set up a mindset. And over time, that mindset seems to have started to excuse crimes far worse than misdemeanors. Politically speaking, it ‘looks good’ for both the schools and law enforcement if the crime rate “drops.”
But it is not a true picture when, for example, a drug situation ends up as a “found property” report instead of a drug arrest. One is counted on statistical summaries, the other is not. Read more of that situation here.
It appears that the mindset was being used to make sure that certain Florida schools would get state and federal funding because their “crime rate” had “dropped”…when in fact there was simply no action being taken. In the old days, we used to call that “erasing crime with a pencil.” In this case, those decisions were fatal to 17 people.
Sheriff – following the left’s political agenda
The Daily Caller reported,
“The sheriff has also faced corruption accusations: department employees routinely attended campaign events while on the clock for their taxpayer-funded positions, a Local10 investigation found in 2016.
Sun-Sentinal investigation the same year found that the sheriff had routinely handed out taxpayer-funded jobs to political supporters. The sheriff’s response at the time: “lions don’t care about the opinions of sheep.”
Israel is now facing sharp criticism for his department’s repeated failures to stop Stoneman Douglas school shooter Nikolas Cruz. The sheriff’s office was warned repeatedly that Cruz was a school shooter in the making, by both his relatives and those close to him, but failed to act to prevent the shooting.”
It is unconscionable for any law enforcement official to chose the political agenda of others over their duty as a police officer to protect and defend the people of their jurisdictions.