Sheriff Scott Israel was suspended today by Governor Ron DeSantis for his repeated failures, incompetence, and neglect of duty, as well as his department's failures in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
In a tweet today, the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, stated:
Effective immediately, I am officially suspending Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for his repeated failures, incompetence and neglect of duty. https://t.co/tkHzxTHhjH— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 11, 2019
In the executive order, Governor DeSantis lists some of the many failures of Scott Israel and his department in stopping the shooting on February 14, 2018, leaving 17 students and staff dead:
Whereas, On February 14 2018 Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Broward County, Florida, experienced a tragic shooting, taking the lives of 17 students and staff members; and
Whereas, prior to the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school, Broward's County Sheriff's Office had a total of 21 interactions with the shooter, including two incidents that in internal affairs investigation later found wanted additional follow-up; and
Whereas, the first of the above incidents occurred in February 2016 when the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas shooter posted a picture of a gun with a statement similar to "I am going to get this done when I turn 18 and shoot up the school"; and
Whereas, Broward County Deputy Eason, acting on behalf of and in place of Sheriff Israel, did not complete an incident report, but instead noted in CAD," no threats noted and info forwarded to (SRO) Peterson at school.."
The statement goes on to say:
Whereas, Sheriff Israel is responsible for developing, implementing and training his deputies on policies related to active shooters;
The Sheriff has refused to take responsibility for the shooting, even though three of his deputies were seen standing outside the school while the shooting was taking place.
The full executive order can be found here: