Once in a great while we applaud the media for its pursuit of truth, even if it may be for all the wrong reasons.
CNN, the Miami Herald, and the Sun Sentinel are suing Sheriff Scott Israel for release of the videos in and around the Parkland, Florida, high school during the shooting as a matter of public interest.
Israel is claiming the videos cannot be released because they are a ‘part of an ongoing investigation’. Right. We’ve never heard that before from a Democrat.
If the judge rules they must be released, it’s likely they’ll reveal even more damning proof of dereliction by Israel’s deputies and further urge his removal.
Which is precisely why he’s blocking it.
Here’s more from Hotair…
Three media organizations have sued the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in order to get access to surveillance video from outside Stoneman Douglas High School. But the office, run by Sheriff Scott Israel, is refusing to release the video claiming it is part of an ongoing investigation. From the Sun-Sentinel, one of the papers involved in the lawsuit:
The South Florida Sun Sentinel, The Miami Herald and CNN filed the civil lawsuit in Broward Circuit Court, citing Florida’s public records law. The lawsuit names the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the School Board of Broward County, as well as Sheriff Scott Israel and Superintendent Robert Runcie, in their official roles, as defendants.
The lawsuit seeks access to video from cameras outside the Parkland school on the day of the shooting and cites the “extreme public interest” in figuring out precisely what happened.
Attorneys wrote that the shocking nature of the crime, which left 17 people dead and 16 injured, has sparked “fervent discussion about school safety, gun violence, and gun safety.”
“Specifically, the response of law enforcement officers during the shooting and immediately thereafter is of extreme public interest. Moreover, the details of actions by law enforcement officers — in particular the armed school resource officer at the school — have been publicly disclosed by Sheriff Scott Israel,” attorneys Dana McElroy and James McGuire wrote in the lawsuit.