Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is one of the principle reasons that the massacre at Florida’s Parkland High School took place. Now Israel has finally been removed from his position.
On Friday, newly elected Florida governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, finally suspended Israel from his position.
Israel was suspended from his position over his response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last year that killed 17 people.
Governor DeSantis put out a statement Friday excoriating the now former sheriff.
“Sheriff Israel has repeatedly failed and has demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership,” the governor’s executive order reads. “He failed to protect Floridians and visitors during the tragic Fort Lauderdale International Airport shooting in 2017. He failed in his duties to keep our families and children safe during the devastating shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018.”
The DeSantis proclamation adds that Israel has proven to be incompetent and abdicated his duty to protect the community.
“These incidents demonstrate Sheriff’s Israel’s repeated incompetence and neglect of duty,” the order added. “The families of the victims deserve accountability. It is my job as Governor to ensure that the safety of our local communities, especially the safety of our children, is paramount. Government officials must be held accountable for their actions, and/or inactions. For these reasons, I am suspending Sheriff Israel from office effective immediately.”
The order comes on the heels of a report by a state panel that concluded that Broward Sheriff’s Department failed to protect the students and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
According to the Sun Sentinel, the report “addresses the cascade of errors revealed in the wake of the shooting, including fumbled tips, lax school security policies and unaggressive Broward sheriff’s deputies who hung back as shots were fired.”
As Daily Wire reported:
Sheriff Israel’s office had multiple opportunities to apprehend the shooter prior to the massacre due to multiple red flags; officers even visited with the shooter a full 39 times. However, when appearing in a CNN Town Hall opposite NRA spokesman Dana Loesch, Sheriff Israel thoroughly denied it.
“Thirty-nine visits did not meet that standard? Thirty-nine visits, assaulting students, assaulting parents, taking bullets and knives to school, did that not meet that standard?” Loesch questioned Israel at the time.
Well, at last Gov. DeSantis has ruled that Israel utterly failed to keep his community safe.
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