Disgraced Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is refusing to resign amid near-daily revelations of outright incompetence in his operation that led to the death of 17 people in the Parkland shooting.
Now Florida State Rep. Bill Hager is formally calling for his ouster. Hager wrote a letter to Gov. Rick Scott last week arguing that Israel should be removed from office for “interagency breakdowns and miscommunications.”
Israel fired back in a letter to the governor in which he repeated the excuses he’s peddled on national television since the event, which include that gun control would have saved the victims — not his armed deputies.
Here’s more from PJ Media…
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel says he’s not leaving office and accused a Florida lawmaker who wants him ousted by the governor of “disingenuous political grandstanding.”
The sheriff has been highly criticized for inaction during a mass shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.
Rep. Bill Hager (R-Boca Raton) wrote a letter to Gov. Rick Scott, urging him to remove the sheriff due to a range of department failures before and during the shooting. “Each day, new details emerge about potential interagency breakdowns and miscommunications,” Hager wrote. “We must utilize all of our resources to ensure that a horrific act such as this never happens again.”
In the meantime, you have the power through Florida Statute 112.52 (1) to remove Broward County Sheriff Israel for neglect of duty and incompetence.
Various news outlets have confirmed that the School Resource Officer and three Broward Sheriff Deputies were on campus at the time of the attack and chose to take cover themselves rather than stepping up to protect our students. Not one of these trained officers made an effort to enter the building to protect students and teachers and save lives. It was not until deputies from the Coral Springs Police Department arrived, a Department not under the authority of the BSO, that uniformed officers actually entered the school and took action.
Additionally, it has been reported that there were 23 calls to the Broward Sheriff ’s Office relating to Nikolas Cruz and his home, as well as 39 visits by Broward Sheriff Deputies. …
The Sheriff was fully aware of the threat this individual presented to his community and chose to ignore it.