It is about time that the Florida Senate took action against Scott Israel. The Broward County sheriff, Scott Israel, has been dismissed from his post. Scott Israel is said to have been neglectful in his duty and has failed the people of Broward Country after a mass shooting happened at the Fort Lauderdale airport in 2018. He is also accused of failing to respond in the mass shooting that happened at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
The shooting in Parkland was the last straw for Governor Ron DeSantis’. He gave an executive order that officially suspended Israel from his post because it was reported that he was neglectful and failed in several ways after the shootings. The vote of the Senate that finally did him in was 25 to 15. The decision to dismiss the sheriff was a breath of relief for many of the victims and their families.
Andrew Pollack is a father of one of the victims that were killed stated that “We did it for everyone in the community and for the thousands of kids that attend school in Broward. They could be rest assured now that that county will be a lot safer without … this failed sheriff in Broward County.” A group of parents had been working hard to keep the sheriff from being reinstated. Pollack went on to say that Israel has to be judged by his systematic failures and the failures of individuals because that’s what leadership is.”
At some point in time, the citizens of Broward County became fed up with the crime and the lack of response that was coming from the sheriff’s department. Israel was not at all surprised as he would say to the people “Your vote has been stolen and the results of our 2016 election have been overturned. From 450 miles away, the Governor substituted his judgment for yours and installed his sheriff in Broward County.” Israel believes that he should have been left in power after the mass shootings. But someone had to answer for the mass amount of crime that is plaguing Broward County.
Israel plans on running again in 2020 and DeSantis has stated that he would “not suspend him for previous actions of neglect of duty and incompetence.” In other words, Israel would have a fresh start in 2020 should he win the election. But for right now it does seem that the governor of Florida has taken the votes away from them and installed his own man to run the sheriff’s office in the country. Some citizens are wanting to take the matter to a vote. The reason that they voted him in so allow them to vote him if that is the will of the people.
For some, it seems like Israel has become the scapegoat for the grieving parents. He may have not been a very popular person but his supporters would claim that he is entitled to a fair process of law. All the Republicans but one voted to remove Israel from office. The Democrats were all in favor of keeping him the seat of power as sheriff. But Israel let people down before these tragedies took place.
It is the right of the governor to suspend a sheriff if he feels that the sheriff was neglectful in his duties. The Senate then has to approve the order. That is the due process of law that Israel was to receive. The majority of the Senate agrees with the DeSantis so Israel is no longer the sheriff of Broward Country. The Democrats love to cry foul play when one of their own is dismissed. The country would love to see the same thing happen for many of them that sit in Congress right now trying to harass the president.
Israel had been failing in his duties for a long time and the governor acted in the best interests of all those living in the county. Broward County deserves a sheriff that is willing to do what it takes to protect the people that live there.