YOU’RE FIRED! Florida Permanently Removes Scott Israel As Broward County Sheriff!
“The institution failed and he was its leader.”
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has been fired due to the neglect of duty and failures in his department’s responses to two mass shootings in Florida. His mishandling of the school shooting by Nicholas Cruz in 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland was center stage. The other was concerning a lesser known shooting in 2017 at the Fort Lauderdale airport.
Israel was temporarily removed from office by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in January. The Florida Senate has voted 25-15 to make the removal permanent.
The vote finalizes DeSantis’ executive order that suspended Israel from office.
The Florida Sun Sentinal reports:
After hours of debate filled with gripping, emotional details about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre and soaring rhetoric about constitutional rights and the weighty responsibilities of elected officials, the Florida Senate voted Wednesday to permanently remove suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.
Israel, whose leadership was seen as so flawed by the governor and family members of Parkland victims that it contributed to some of the 17 deaths and 17 injuries, has been out off office since Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended him in January.
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“I hope the outcome provides some measure of relief to the Parkland families that have been doggedly pursuing accountability,” DeSantis said in a statement after the vote.
A handful of senators split with their parties. Three Democrats — Randolph Bracy of Ocoee, Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg, and Annette Taddeo of Miami — voted to remove Israel.
“Our job today is to arrive at our own conclusion based on all the evidence that exists,” Rouson said. “The policies created by the sheriff shape the actions of the deputy,” adding that “I make this decision today not based on a primary opponent. Not based on the next election. But I make it because I believe that it’s the right decision.”
Taddeo said she needed to listen to the voices of the Parkland parents. “I am taking the call of the parents,” she said.
The national debate raged in the swell of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland by Nicholas Cruz. As Cruz continued through the school, law enforcement waited outside. Deputies told officials who were investigating the school shooting that they “couldn’t remember the last time they were trained to handle an active shooter situation.”
Parents were disgusted at the lack of action on the site of the shooting. The daughter of slain student Alaina, Ryan Petty, told Israel he was rekindling parents’ pain and pleaded with the ex-lawman to stop fighting for his job. Gena Hoyer — whose son, Luke, would’ve celebrated his 17th birthday this week — said permanently booting Israel “is our first step in the right direction.”
State Senator Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, said that Israel was given full opportunity to his case. “Mr. Israel got his day in court,” he said. “Due process has been served and justice has been served.”
He added, “The institution failed and he was its leader.”
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Much of the concern was due to the participation by Israel in Obama-era education policies that had been “designed to create equal rates of disciplinary outcomes” between different racial and ethnic groups of students. The policies were discovered to have produced ‘Astonishing’ increases in school violence, according to recent studies.
Peter Kirsanow, member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights stated:
“This was an imminently predictable consequences of the 2014 school discipline guidance that was jointly-issued by the Obama Justice Department and Education Department, which sought to equalize the rates of suspensions and expulsions between students of different races.”
The policy forced an implementation of racial and ethnic quotas regarding disciplinary actions towards students.
NY Democrat and state senator Leroy Comrie stated that the Obama school discipline policy resulted in “chaos” in New York City schools and a lack of “accountability” for dangerous behavior.
How permanent is this really? Israel, who was elected sheriff in 2012 and 2016, has previously stated that he could run again in 2020. DeSantis has stated that he “will not suspend him for previous actions of neglect of duty and incompetence,” if he decides to run again. spokeswoman Helen Aguirre Ferre told CNN.
We will see!