Elder Patriot’s POV| Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel became widely known to the American people following the misfeasance his response unit displayed when Nikolas Cruz was mowing down 34 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. in Parkland, FL.
Seventeen of Cruz’s victims died that day.
In actuality, Sheriff Israel had been unwittingly laying the groundwork for the carnage Cruz wrought for some time.
Sheriff Israel had been instrumental in coordinating the efforts of his police department’s school resource officer with Broward Superintendent of Schools Robert Muncie to effect the Obama Education Department’s race-based policy to equalize outcomes rather than to punish offenders.
That was Sheriff Israel’s original sin. He left Nikolas Cruz free to kill 17 classmates despite more than three dozen calls to his residence.
But Sheriff Israel’s misfeasance really came to the nation’s attention as soon as Cruz began shooting. His response team huddled together outside while Cruz went about his killing spree.
All four of Sheriff Israel’s deputies that were on the scene – the one assigned to protect the school and the three that responded to the call – all hid outside, refusing to answer the call of duty.
According to our report, when members of the Coral Springs Police Department arrived on the scene they were shocked to find the three Broward County Sheriff’s deputies behind their cars with weapons drawn. And, the school’s armed resource officer also hiding outside.
Israel angered America’s gun owners and Second Amendment supporters when he used the massacre – largely caused by his own malfeasance and misfeasance – as a political football with which to attack the NRA and private gun ownership.
When Floridians voted to elected conservative Ron DeSantis, Israel told the members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office that he knew his days were numbered.
Almost as soon DeSantis was seated, the new governor suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel over his mishandling of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
On January 11th, WFLA, an NBC affiliate reported:
The Republican governor flew to Fort Lauderdale three days after taking office to remove the Democratic sheriff, appointing a former police sergeant to serve as acting sheriff. Gregory Tony, 40, worked for Coral Springs police for 12 years before leaving in 2016 to start a company specializing in active-shooter training. He is the first African-American to serve as Broward’s sheriff.
DeSantis’ office issued a statement saying, “Sheriff Israel has repeatedly failed and has demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership. 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. These incidents demonstrate Sheriff’s Israel’s repeated incompetence and neglect of duty.”
In early March, Israel sued Governor DeSantis to get his job back claiming, of all thing, he was fired for political reasons.
On Thursday, a Broward County judge ruled on the former sheriff’s complaint that Gov. Ron DeSantis was within his authority to suspend Sheriff Scott Israel.
Broward County Judge David A. Haimes ruled that the court’s role isn’t “to assess the merits of the allegations” but to “determine whether such allegations meet the minimum judicial threshold.”
Haimes said the Republican governor’s Jan. 11 executive order to suspend Israel, who is a Democrat, lists specific grounds — “neglect of duty and incompetence” — that meet the “jurisdictional threshold” set forth in the Florida Constitution.
Israel has vowed to appeal the decision. DeSantis has asked Florida’s Supreme Court to fast track the case.