BREAKING NEWS: The Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has been an outspoken critic of gun control in the wake of the Florida school shooting that tragically left 17 people dead. But his own police department failed to take action prior to the shooting, even though the station had received numerous calls about the killer, Nikolas Cruz.
Now, Israel’s job may be in jeopardy.
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran sent a letter to Governor Rick Scott Sunday urging him to suspend Israel.
The letter was signed by 73 lawmakers and released to the public on Sunday.
Today I sent the following letter to @FLGovScott Asking that he suspend Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for incompetence and dereliction of duty. I was honored to be joined by 73 Republican colleagues. You can read the letter attached here. pic.twitter.com/exZVwGQ3DR
— Richard Corcoran (@richardcorcoran) February 25, 2018
It said: “The Florida Constitution gives you the power to suspend a sheriff for ‘malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty [or] incompetence.’ I am requesting that you immediately exercise this power and suspend Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County for incompetence and neglect of duty.”
The letter described, in detail, Israel’s mishandling of Cruz. One example included how the sheriff’s office responded to a violent event at Cruz’s mother’s home.
It said: “Sheriff Israel’s fundamental duty is to keep the peace and protect the citizens of Broward County. He has the power and responsibility to appoint highly qualified deputies and to ensure they receive state-of-the-art-training. Sheriff Israel failed to maintain a culture of alertness, vigilance, and thoroughness amongst his deputies. Sheriff Israel failed to fulfill his duty to ensure that all of his deputies have the necessary active shooter tactical training. As a result of Sheriff Israel’s failures, students and teachers died.”
Do you think Israel should be fired?