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Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Will Finally Lose His Job, Almost a Year After the Parkland Shooting

The sooner he's gone, the better.

SIMike Stocker/TNS/NewscomNewly minted Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) will soon fire Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel over his mishandling of the police response to the Parkland shooting in February 2018.

DeSantis's office has not confirmed these plans, but people with knowledge of the situation told The Miami Herald that Israel's days were numbered. The sheriff plans to fight the matter in court, and will request a trial before the Florida state senate. Presumably, that body's Republican majority will back DeSantis and give Israel the boot.

The firing would be long overdue. Israel's tenure was marked by incompetence, corruption, and gross mismanagement. While he is not responsible for the actions of Nikolas Cruz, the deranged teenager who killed 17 of his former classmates and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year, nor is he directly responsible for his deputies' failure to respond properly, Israel was ultimately the man in charge. His office staff was poorly trained, their equipment malfunctioned, and their security protocols failed, according to the state's 458-page report on the shooting.

One might have expected a sheriff who presided over such a disaster—a disaster very possibly made worse by his office's myriad failures—to come across as apologetic, or at the very least humbled. But Israel has remained defiantly confident. In fact, he called his own leadership "amazing," and gave the following non-response when CNN's Jake Tapper asked him if he would have done anything differently: "If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, O.J. Simpson would still be in the record books."

Israel's allies are attempting to paint any attempt to fire him as a political move, since DeSantis is a Republican and Israel is a Democrat. But firing him is the right move regardless of party affiliation. Israel is a bad sheriff, and the sooner he's gone, the better.

Photo Credit: Mike Stocker/TNS/Newscom

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  • A Lady of Reason||

    Good! His cowardice cost 17 lives lost and a community of grief! For those who defend him, just look at the other shooting in Maryland that had only 2 killed and stopped in minutes by guess what? A good guy with a gun who also did what he was hired to do: protect the students and teachers!

  • Trollificus||

    He should be fired just for the unwarranted pretense that he was blameless in the incident. When he said that, he was throwing his trainers, officers, and everybody else under the bus, because it was glaringly obvious that they failed badly.

    Some leader, eh? At last we see a "R" who lacks self-awareness to the degree we so often see from the identitarians on the Internet. This is not an encouraging sign.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    nor is he directly responsible for his deputies' failure to respond properly

    Disagree.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Does he owe the county a refund?

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    Yes. 17 lives.

  • Pro Libertate||

    That, too.

  • Ray McKigney||

    David Hogg will no doubt applaud Gov. DeSantis's action.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    David Hogg is an American hero and absolutely deserves to go to Harvard even if his SAT score really is the reported 1270.

  • Ray McKigney||

    Harvard deserves him. I'll grant you that.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    What heroic thing did Hogg do?

  • Trollificus||

    The story that he rolled a fat kids' corpse in front of himself as a shield is a cruel hoax promulgated by Russian bots.

  • ||

    Hogged fucked a fat kid's corpse before the body was even cold? Why is this story not being told everywhete? Sounds like a cover up to me...

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    He became a leader in a nationwide movement to promote much needed common sense gun safety legislation.

  • Fats of Fury||

    So I guess the left will not boycott this Israel.

  • Vincent Milburn||

    Not so sure. It seems to me that David Hogg opposes anything that distracts us from blaming the gun lobby. He even defended the on-site deputy who chickened out.

  • creech||

    Must be the Peter Principle in action because the guy was competent enough to be promoted all the way to four star general before this screw up.

  • LiborCon||

    You'd think a guy that full of himself wouldn't have settled for anything less than General of the Army.

  • ||

    "If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, O.J. Simpson would still be in the record books."

    So, incompetent and racist, no?

  • Earth Skeptic||

    Just an asshole.

  • ||

    Sounds like he is lobbying for OJ to stay in the record books. No racism there, just standing up for murder without consequences. Pretty consistent for him, actually.

  • Pooneil||

    How does a governor fire a sheriff? Are sheriffs state employees in Florida? A bit of additional explanation would be helpful in this story.

  • Ron||

    I was wondering the same thing since aren't most sheriff's voted to office? I think he should be out of office but this may not play out

  • ||

  • ||

    IIANM, this power or something like it exists in most states. Counties and other local governments are creations of the state and state governments have broad powers over them.

  • Migrant Log Chipper||

    Thanks, it's not very common that you hear of such a removal and if anyone deserves it it's this fuckwit political flunky.

  • Calidissident||

    It's disconcerting that it's actual a welcome relief when a government official gets fired a year after a massive fuckup that ended with a bunch of people dying due to their incompetence (obviously along with the gunman's actions, which are his fault alone).

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    Don't forget the real villain in this tragedy is the NRA. These shootings would be rare or nonexistent if not for the enormous power of the gun fetishist lobby.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    That's right. It sure wasn't Obama's and Holder's program to coerce local law enforcement tomignore minority criminal activity so as to play down minority crime stats. Blaming a black man would be racist, no matter how guilty he is.

  • Trollificus||

    That's why the guys who shot little Jazzmin have been deemed honorary white guys.

  • Philadelphia Collins||

    That's the policy that got Trayvon killed.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    Well it is long overdue, it seems.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Louis CK must be so proud.

  • Agammamon||

    Here's my take on this.

    Its good that he's going. The manner in which he's being removed is not good.

    In the end, Sheriff is an elected position. He's certainly not giving the people of Broward County a well-trained police force and all that but, in the end, it should be their choice. Their sheriff, their trade-offs to consider, their burden to bear.

    He's not actually, to my knowledge, broken any laws - he's just not a very good topcop. Barring actual, you know, *evidence* of corruption or illegal practices . . . he should be allowed to continue till the next election - even if that's a recall election set up by Broward County residents who want him gone ASAP.

  • Migrant Log Chipper||

    I generally agree, but his degree of fuckwaddery is a special case, his own deputies are clamoring for it.

  • Eddy||

    Some states have laws requiring public officials to do their jobs. Maybe Florida has such a law?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    This is correct.

  • Longtobefree||

    Wait, what? A trial in the senate?
    Whiskey
    Tango
    Foxtrot

  • ||

    Here's hoping the senate are fans of Julius Caesar.

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