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    Florida Supreme Court upholds suspension of Broward Sheriff Scott Israel by Gov. Ron DeSantis

    Florida Supreme Court upholds suspension of Broward Sheriff Scott Israel by Gov. Ron DeSantis

    DeSantis: “Scott Israel failed to protect the families and students of Broward County and I look forward to the @FLSenate resuming the process of formal removal.”

    In January, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel over his response to the Parkland School shooting in 2018.

    Israel tried to get his job back through the courts, but Florida’s Supreme Court ruled DeSantis has the constitutional right to suspend Israel.

    The Miami Herald wrote that “Florida’s constitution allows the governor to suspend a sheriff for neglect of duty or incompetence.” The Sun Sentinel from January reported on DeSantis’s executive order:

    In his executive order, the governor cited incompetence and neglect of duty. At the press conference, he did not mince words.

    “I have no interest in dancing on Scott Israel’s political grave,” DeSantis said, “but suffice it to say the massacre might never have happened had Broward had better leadership in the sheriff’s department.”

    The suspension caps a nearly year-long series of revelations that exposed the failure of Broward sheriff’s deputies to run in to save children at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Some deputies said they couldn’t remember when they’d last been trained to handle an active shooter, even though the agency had a confused, chaotic response to a mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in 2017.

    Israel fought back as he “filed a lawsuit challenging whether DeSantis had the authority to suspend him.” He claimed DeSantis never “specified any statutory or official duty that Israel neglected or performed incorrectly.” I guess he didn’t read or listen to DeSantis’s order or press conference.

    Broward Circuit Judge David Haimes ruled against Israel in April. Israel’s attorneys filed an appeal, but the Supreme Court said DeSantis could suspend him.

    Of course Israel attorney’s bashed the ruling and promised he would not stop fighting.

    After this ruling, it heads to Florida’s “Republican-majority Senate, which will decide if his [DeSantis’s] decision stands.”

    Israel’s attorneys also issued a warning to the rest of elected officials. He urged them to remain “aware of the potential for Governor overreach when discharging their duties.”

    How pathetic. Anyone with a brain knows that Israel did not do his job properly. The shooter killed 17 people and injured 17 more. The sheriff ignored warning signs and tips about the shooter. Then he didn’t allow his people to storm into the school to take down the shooter.


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    The best news of today, this rodent goes down in flames.

    The suspension of the sheriff was for a systemic failure in his department over several incidents culminating in the massive failure at Parkland.

    You say that Peterson charging into the building would not have helped those who were shot and that’s true. The fact of the matter is that the training is to enter the building (not charging in recklessly) and try to get eyes on the shooter. That did not happen and the shooter walked away. That failure of the correct response is totally on Israel. The same is true with the secondary officers from the BCSO that arrived. Instead of getting eyes on the shooter, they stood by and let the shooter walk away.

    One of the egregious errors the Commission notes is the communication – or lack of communication – between the officers from the BCSO and other agencies. The failure of the onsite command is also noted. You want to skip all of that and say “no big deal.”

    (Also note that the other agencies wanted to go into the building to save other people but were held back because of the on-site supervisor who had been hand picked by Israel despite not having supervisor experience in any capacity.)

    You are entitled to your opinion even though it is contrary to the facts.

    As for preventing the shooting, you may not realize it but there were bills passed by the Florida legislature to address the very things you talked about.

    As for the program that let the shooter walk around and not be arrested, you know who was a major proponent of that? If you say “Sheriff Israel,” you win a cookie. He was also against metal detectors, against allowing teachers to be armed, and against more armed SRO’s in the schools.

    It should also be noted that the same Commission wrote the training for such events within the BCSO was lacking and not done even though the budget called for the training and Israel said the deputies had trained for the situation.

    Yet for some unknown reason, you keep wanting to say that Israel’s departmental failures don’t reflect on him.

    Your comment that “there are other incompetent Sheriffs in Florida” shows a lack of critical thinking. It is ludicrous to even postulate that one cannot and should not get rid of incompetent and corrupt leaders because there are other leaders that are corrupt an incompetent as well. Heck, let’s never try and get better. Let’s never raise the bar on what we expect because there are always worse people out there.

    Most people can walk and chew gum at the same time. We can address what happened to try to make sure it doesn’t happen again, but we can also hold accountable the failure of those who responded and who failed to take responsibility for their own (in)actions.

    Let me get the LE tactics out of the way, first.

    Since 2001 [Columbine happened in 2000], the response to an active shooter, among LE administrators, is for the line troops to race in and engage an active shooter, in order to save innocent lives. The expectation is that, if you get eyes on the shooter, you engage. That is “shoot” him, for those not clear on the terminology. But, what LEAs teach is that LEOs are supposed to enter, in a 4 man diamond formation, as CSPD did, not just run in alone. So, what to do? Run in alone or wait for back-up and go in as you have been taught? Decisions, decisions. Now, if you enter carefully to get an eyeball on the shooter, or shooters, you have to sweep every doorway and check every room. If not, you run the risk of being neutralized, by the shooter, or a second or third participant. That means you are “killed”, for those not up on the terminology. If that happens, you are not going to neutralize the shooter or be able to provide intelligence to responding officers. This is why knowledgeable LEOs HATE this run and gun policy. They do it, because they are dedicated and care about others. So, you will take a long time to reach the shooter, who is probably moving around himself. In fact, unless he sticks around waiting to be killed by responding LEOs, as most shooters of this type do, the shooter is going to simply leave, before a perimeter can be established. But, public relations wise, it looks good.

    The problem with communications between the various agencies is not the Sheriff’s fault. CSPD has its own dispatch center. It does not share facilities or frequencies with the Sheriff’s office. It had the opportunity to do so, but chose to have its own facility. On site communications were not handled well, it is true. But, by the time onsite communications became necessary, the shooter had left the campus and everyone was dead.

    The fact that the onsite supervisor held back rescue personnel until the building was partially secure, was the correct response. What happens if you let unarmed paramedics run into the build and they encounter the shooter, who neutralizes them? Who is going to treat the wounded? If the paramedics had been allowed to enter and had been shot by the shooter, the public would have crucified Israel for that. This is NOT a video game.

    Bills will not stop this type of shooting. What stops these kind of attacks is to have strict entry control, screening, and efficiently trained and equipped [armed] personnel to address an armed assault. We are now over one beyond MSDHS and virtually no school system in the state has upgraded their security to adequately address this type of threat. Broward County passed a sales tax increase to fund upgrading school security. However, it does not go into effect until July, 2019. So there is no telling when adequate security will be in place. And, of course, the security measures in place today are almost the same as they were in 2018. Feel safer, now?

    The Promise Program was signed onto by every single Broward County politician, including the State Attorney and the Chief of the Circuit Court. All of them are still in office. Almost everyone in the county was against metal detectors. This was because they were expensive and they “made the schools look like prisons”. As for arming teachers, that is fine, if those teachers are properly trained and supervised. Knowing teachers, as I do, I am also not in favor of arming teachers, in large schools and school districts. The Broward County School system can have all of the school resource officers that it wants. The school board can have its own sworn LEA. In fact, the Broward County School Board already has sworn LEOs who work directly for the School System, not for the Sheriff or a municipal LEA. All the board has to do is hire, train and assign its own LEOs. Know why the School Board uses LEOs from other agencies for SROs? Liability. If the SRO arrests someone, the SRO’s parent agency assumes the liability for his actions. The Sheriff has far more law enforcement duties that simply patrolling schools. The Sheriff;s Office, like most LEAs today, is understaffed.

    Whether the training for a mass shooter situation was adequate or not, is moot, in this case. The shooter was on site for 8 minutes. He began shooting a little over 2 minutes after he entered the campus. He finished 5 minutes later, when he was trying to shoot through a third floor window at fleeing students outside the building. He dumped his gear and was off campus approximately i minute later. So, everything after that point had NO effect on the shooting incident. I realize that this is the third or fourth time I have pointed this out, but you seem unable to grasp that.

    Should all of these short comings reflect upon the Sheriff? Yes. Do they rise to the level of requiring suspension for incompetence? Not historically. On the other hand, should the agency which was directly responsible for the safety and security of the students in its charge, the Broward County School Board, be held responsible for this historic failure? Yes. Did they suffer any penalty for that performance? No. Why not? They proved to be as incompetent as the Sheriff.

    I could care less that Sheriff Israel was suspended for incompetence. He was incompetent, in more ways than just his response to the two shootings. But, the suspension was based solely upon the public reaction to the MSDHS shooting. The public wanted an official scapegoat. The School Board suffered no suspensions. The School Board Superintendent suffered no negative job actions and is still on the job today. As I have pointed out, nothing the Sheriff’s Office did, or did not do, allowed the shooting to happen. The actions of a single deputy might have limited the carnage, if he had acted differently. Then again, it might have had the same result, none. And, as I have pointed out, historically, Sheriffs in Florida do not get suspended for “incompetence”. See, the voters, in the county, can always recall elected officials, including the Sheriff, if they feel that he is incompetent. This did not happen here. The Sheriff was not accused of committing any criminal act.

    The only reasons why Israel was suspended were to make it look like this shooting was all his fault so as to protect the other elected officials in the county, most notably the school board, and so that Governor DeSantis could pay back some political supporters. The Governor appointed a security consultant who had experience in school shooting prevention as the acting Sheriff. Why would he do that, do you suppose? It was all politics. It was all a feel good move. And, it did nothing to make anyone safer. If you understand that and are still satisfied that the suspension of Israel makes Broward County and its school children safer, that is fine. As long as you KNOW the truth.

    I provided amazing leadership. Just amazing, I am telling you!

    Expect CNN to hire this turd.

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