Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, responsible for facilitating the law enforcement response to the Parkland high school shooting, is facing a “no confidence” vote from his own deputies.
Israel, who called his leadership “amazing,” will undergo a motion of no confidence, which began Friday and will close April 26, reported president of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association Jeff Bell to CNN.
“There is a complete failure at the sheriff’s office and he doesn’t recognize it,” Bell said. The votes will be casted electronically.
In announcing the vote, the union’s statement highlighted it comes after “many instances of suspected malfeasance… and the lack of leadership that has crushed morale throughout the agency.” Of course, Israel might be completely shocked by this move.
“In the aftermath of the gun massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed, the Broward County sheriff told CNN’s Jake Tapper he showed ‘amazing leadership,'” reports IJR.
During the interview Israel told Tapper “we all make mistakes,” responding to the fact him and his deputies missed the numerous red flags raised on Nikolas Cruz, who in 2014 told his school therapist that he dreamt of “killing people.”
Not only did Broward County Sheriff’s department fail to arrest Cruz before the shooting, but the FBI also ignored warnings about Cruz. The bureau was contacted twice specifically on school shootings. A report as recently as January was filed, where a woman was concerned about Cruz’ mental state and warned he might “get into a school and just shoot the place up.”
“Israel’s greatest failure, though, was the fact that his own deputy assigned to protect the Parkland school, Deputy Sheriff Scot Peterson, remained outside the facility while Cruz’s attack was underway. For his part, Peterson, who has since resigned, believes he did a ‘good job’ preparing the perimeter and giving law enforcement a description of the 19-year-old gunman,” reports IJR.
Bell has a big problem with the way Israel handled Peterson’s cowardice. “He blamed it all on Peterson,” Bell said. “You don’t do that to one of your deputies. My members are not poster children. They are not squeaky clean. They make mistakes. What we are saying is, they should be punished fairly.”