Scott Israel

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Scott Israel
Scott Israel, Sheriff, Broward County Sheriff's Office.jpg
Broward County Sheriff
Assumed office
2012
Preceded by Al Lamberti
Personal details
Born 1956/1957 (age 61–62)
New York
Citizenship United States
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Susan Israel
Children 3
Residence Davie, Florida

Scott Israel is the currently elected Sheriff of Broward County, Florida. He is a member of the Democratic Party and an advocate for gun control. Israel has received significant media coverage for his departments handling of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting which occurred in his jurisdiction.

Career

A Jewish-American[1] supporter of progressive politics accused of enforcing political correctness,[2] Israel was born in New York and is the son of a homicide detective. He became a patrol officer for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in 1979. He later worked in narcotics and later served as a SWAT commander. From 2004 to 2008, he was the chief of police in North Bay Village. He left that position in 2008 to run for Sheriff, but lost the election.[3]

Broward County Sheriff

Israel was elected sheriff in 2012, running against incumbent Al Lamberti and reelected in 2016. He is known for speaking out against gun violence and opposes open carry legislation. In 2016, Israel began to implement a plan for deputies to have body cameras.[3] In 2017, his office was criticized for failing to take control in the aftermath of the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting. According to a report issued by the Sheriff's Office, the failure was caused both by leadership issues and problems with communication systems.[4]

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting

In the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Israel came under scrutiny for both for the actions of his deputies and his department's failure to act on warning signs about shooter Nikolas Cruz. On the day of the shooting, an armed sheriff's deputy was outside of the school but did not enter. Afterwards Israel criticized the deputy, saying that he should have "went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer".[5] It was later discovered that there may have been at least two other deputies, that arrived later, who also did not enter the building.[6] Coral Springs police officers who arrived at the scene were surprised to find that the deputies still had not entered the building.[7] According to Israel, his agency had "been involved in 23 type calls involving the killer in some way, shape or form -- or his brother." However, through a Freedom of Information Act request CNN found that the sheriff's department had actually received 45 such calls about Cruz or his brother over the past decade.[8] Israel has rejected calls for his resignation, including one from State representative Bill Hager.[9]

Criticism

Sheriff Israel has been criticized in the media[10], accused of hiring his political supporters to work in "community outreach" jobs that consist mostly of going to meetings, touting the Sheriff's Department's success. Ten such workers were hired since 2013, for salaries totalling $634,479. His policies allegedly sought to minimize the arrest and prosecution of violent youths, which successfully lowered the crime statistics, but allegedly failed to deal with the issues of Cruz.[11]

Israel responded to criticism with "lions don't care about the opinions of sheep,"[10] a paraphrase of a line from George R. R. Martin's novel A Game Of Thrones, while also stating he doesn't spend more than ten seconds listening to his opponents' criticisms.[10].

On April 20, 2018, the Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association opened a no-confidence vote for members, scheduled for April 26. This is the first no-confidence vote the union has brought against a sheriff.[12] The no-confidence vote concluded 534 - 94 against Israel.[13]

See also

References

  1. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/broward-politics-blog/sfl-ad-watch-sheriff-israel-s-i-m-jewish-ad-20160819-story.html
  2. http://www.breitbart.com/radio/2018/02/24/exclusive-michelle-malkin-florida-students-are-being-used-and-exploited-as-human-props-for-gun-control/
  3. 3.0 3.1 Valys, Phillip (February 24, 2018). "Who is Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel?". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 28 February 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Hobbs, Stephen; O'Matz, Megan (June 3, 2017). "Fort Lauderdale airport shooting: We failed to take control, Sheriff's Office says". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 28 February 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Mazzei, Patricia (February 26, 2018). "Sheriff's Deputy Defends Actions in Florida Shooting, Denying He Was a 'Coward'". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 February 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Huriash, Lisa J.; O'Matz, Megan (February 23, 2018). "Police say more deputies waited outside school during Stoneman Douglas shooting". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 28 February 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Tapper, Jake (February 24, 2018). "Sources: Coral Springs police upset at some Broward deputies for not entering schoo". CNN. Retrieved 28 February 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Devine, Curt; Pagliery, Jose (February 27, 2018). "Sheriff says he got 23 calls about shooter's family, but records show more". CNN. Retrieved 28 February 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Scott Israel resignation sought by Bill Hager after Florida school shooting". Associated Press. February 25, 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "Sun-Sentinel". Tronc publications. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/03/how_the_left_created_nikolas_cruz.html
  12. Flores, Rosa (20 April 2018). "Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel to face no-confidence vote from his own deputies". CNN. Archived from the original on 21 April 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Broward Deputies Union Has "No Confidence" In Sheriff Scott Israel". CBS Miami. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>