Harry Truman once said that the buck stopped with him and it is a crying shame that there are leaders of organizations that don’t feel that it is their place to take the fall when things go down.
You see it in the military a lot when there is a terrible incident at a military command where the commanding officer will resign because whatever happened ultimately is a reflection on his leadership.
Scott Israel somehow doesn’t seem to think that his lack of leadership in trying to mitigate the damage that was done during the Parkland school shooting has anything to do with the reason why the Governor of Florida wants him as far away from a leadership position as possible.
He is crying sour grapes like you wouldn’t believe.
Via Daily Wire:
Following his suspension by new Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel vowed to take legal action. Despite reports and investigations showing numerous flaws that led to more deaths at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, Israel proclaimed his suspension was “about politics.”
“This suspension is not about what occurred on February 14th,” Israel said. “The governor promised as a candidate – well before he had any facts of the investigation, well before the commission even began their work – that he would remove me from office. Today, he merely fulfilled a campaign promise. This was about politics, not about Parkland.”
Israel went on to say no one from DeSantis’ staff nor the governor himself spoke to Israel about what happened in Parkland, and that the governor was carrying out the will of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
He also suggested suspending him was an “easy” way to ignore the real problem, which is gun violence in America.
The problem for Israel is that the investigation and commission he spoke about found that the department’s active shooter training was ineffective, though they did not recommend suspending Israel. The sheriff was also criticized in the report for changing his department’s policy from saying officers “shall” confront active shooters to saying they “may” confront them.
This allowed Broward Deputy Scot Peterson, who was assigned to the high school where a mass shooting occurred in February 2018, to take cover outside instead of entering the building to save the lives of children. Seven other deputies from Broward also stayed outside, while officers from neighboring Coral Springs entered the building to stop the shooter.