Florida governor suspends sheriff who ‘failed’ in Parkland school shooting
Gov. Ron DeSantis said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel had “repeatedly failed” and “demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership” following shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Fort Lauderdale airport in 2017.
At a press conference, the newly elected Republican went so far as to say the Parkland massacre, which killed 17, “might never have happened had Broward had better leadership in the sheriff’s department.”
“The difference is I spoke out against gun violence,” he said.
A commission investigating the school shooting published a report last week lamenting the “abysmal response” of the in-school police officer and a lack of action upon Broward sheriff’s deputies’ arrival at the building.
He is the president of Blue Spear Solutions, a private security firm that specializes in providing training for responding to shootings and attacks like that seen in Parkland.