posted on Jan, 12 2019 @ 08:01 AM
Sheriff Scott Israel was suspended yesterday by the governor of Florida his, his agency’s, and his deputies’ handling of the Marjory Stoneman
Douglas High School shooting. The governor cited both the school shooting and an earlier shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport as demonstrating a
repeated and continuing incompetence on Israel’s part, as well as deputies under his command.
Part of governor’s
Additionally, the commission charged with investigating the shooting released an initial report early this year. In their report they cite several
- Israel changed agency policy from “deputies shall
engage active shooters” to “deputies may
engage active shooters.” Israel
claims that the change was made because he didn’t “want to send deputies on a suicide mission.” Coral Springs, the other agency that responded,
has a “shall engage” policy, which is why their officers immediately made entry on arrival, even as BCSO deputies continued to run around outside
being completely useless and ineffective.
- the commission lays a failure of command at the first sergeant to arrive on scene, citing no command and coordination
- the commission does the same with the first captain on scene
- the commission found numerous physical barriers either unsecured or unmanned
- the commission lays blame on the SRO, stating that rather than attempt to locate the shooter the deputy not only retreated to a position of personal
safety but also was found to have repeatedly warned other LE personnel to stay away from the building.
Those are just a few of the highlights. It’s over 400 pages long.