Skip to comments.Broward County Sheriff: I’ve Given ‘Amazing Leadership’ to Department
Posted on 02/25/2018 7:35:05 AM PST by COUNTrecount
Embattled Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said he had provided "amazing leadership" to his department on Sunday, drawing disbelief from CNN host Jake Tapper.
Tapper pressed Israel during a nearly half-hour interview about the response of his department before and during the Stoneman Douglas high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead.
Israel announced Thursday that school resource officer Scot Peterson had been suspended and decided to retire rather than be terminated after learning Peterson failed to enter the school during the massacre and engage the shooter.
Israel also defended the conduct of his department in response to the 18 calls its deputies got about the killer, Nikolas Cruz, including fears he could be a "school shooter in the making." No report was initiated upon that tip.
Tapper asked Israel, who participated in CNN's town hall on guns on Wednesday and called for stronger gun control laws, if he could see how the public would be critical when it saw so many red flags go ignored by the department.
"How could there not even be a report on this one?" Tapper asked.
"If that's accurate, Jake, there needed to be a report and that's what we're looking in to, that a report needed to be completed, it needed to be forwarded to our homeland security or violent crimes unit and they would've followed up on it," Israel said.
Tapper noted Israel's conditional remarks, pointing out it was notes from Israel's own department. Israel responded the officer who handled that situation was on restrictive duty.
"I've exercised my due diligence, I've led this county proudly as I always have," he said. "We have restricted that deputy as we look in to it. You know, deputies make mistakes, police officers make mistakes, we all make mistakes, but it's not the responsibility of the general or the president, if you have a deserter. You look into this. We're looking into this aggressively, and we'll take care of it and justice will be served."
"Are you really not taking any responsibility for the multiple red flags that were brought to the attention of the Broward Sheriff's Office about this shooter before the incident?" Tapper asked.
"Jake, I can only take responsibility for what I knew about. I exercised my due diligence. I've given amazing leadership to this agency" Israel started.
"Amazing leadership? Tapper asked incredulously.
"Yes, Jake. There's a lot of things we've done throughout thisthis isyou don't measure a person's leadership by a deputy not going into these deputies received the training they needed" Israel said.
"Maybe you measure somebody's leadership by whether or not they protect the community," Tapper said. "In this case, you've listed 23 incidents before the shooting involving the shooter and still nothing was done to keep guns out of his hands, to make sure that the school was protected, to make sure you were keeping an eye on him I don't understand how you can sit there and claim amazing leadership."
Israel said on "16 of those cases," his deputies did everything right and in the five years he had been sheriff, he'd taken the department to a "new level."
"One person didn't do what he should have done," Israel said. "It's horrific. The victims here, the families, I pray for them every night. It makes me sick to my stomach that we had a deputy that didn't go in because I know if I was there, if I was on the wall, I would have been the first in along with so many other people.
I dislike Tapper and did watch this. He did OK on this POS in my Opin
When you are the one calling yourself amazing...you’re not.
...When you are the one calling yourself amazing...youre not...
What’s also amazing is the failure of BCSO to take action. Departments across the USA no longer wait to take action because school shooters historically won’t stop killing till they run out of ammunition, or victims, or kill themselves.
Sheriff Israel will never be confused with a street smart cop. He is an enforcer of progressive orthodoxy. He is the manifestation of an armed commissar.
His leadership is truly amazing but certainly not in the sense that he thinks it is.
He knows, if only at a subconscious level, that he is partly to blame for the death of students.
Coward County learned from the master........
The latest in a public employee management trend, “Self Evaluations”, along with sending emails to yourself to create a story if needed, hammers and bleach to data storage, lost laptops sent in the mail, and air fresheners in government offices to help eliminate the stench of the Walmart smelling little people.
He’s so full of himself he’s spewing over...................
This joker couldn’t lead a swarm of flies to a pile of steaming dogshit.
Well stated. Brevity is excellence! You can give yourself an award for that./s
Thank you for your “amazing leadership” plick. Now resign before Floridians throw your cowardly ass out!
He refuses to take responsibility and resign along with his deputies after their misconduct, dereliction of duty and failure to stop someone who was a threat to others before he could carry out his threat - that is something to be proud of?
Amazing, indeed. Broward County has the law enforcement it deserves and those 17 dead kids are all on the people of Parkland for tolerating such officials and letting them drop the ball on numerous occasions.
It isn’t the NRA that killed those kids. It was those charged with protecting their lives. And more gun control wouldn’t change their refusal to do their job. Period.
Bullshit!!!! You're a tool of the Democrat Party Killing Machine!
Which is why his deputies are such cowards???
I guess she led them in cowardship.
When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing you need to do is stop digging.
Truly breathtaking. </sarcasm>
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