(National Sentinel) Passing the Buck: Broward County, Florida Sheriff Scott Israel told a local news reporter that he was not responsible for his deputies’ failure to intervene in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 people dead.
“I gave him a gun. I gave him a badge. I gave him the training,” Israel told an NBC6 South Florida reporter in a video interview tweeted by Erika Glover. “If he didn’t have the heart to go in, that’s not my responsibility.”
“Leaders are responsible for the agency,” the sheriff continued. “But leaders are not responsible for a person.”
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel refusing to resign telling @nbc6: "I gave him a gun. I gave him a badge. I gave him the training. If he didn’t have the heart to go in, that’s not my responsibility." Clip from our one-on-one interview below. #DouglasHighSchool pic.twitter.com/FV5Gn0ZEBY
— Erika Glover 🎤 (@ErikaJGlover) February 25, 2018
Israel has come under increasing scrutiny following reports last week that as many as three Broward County deputies arrived outside of the school as the murders were taking place but elected to stay outside instead of intervening.
Former school resource officer and deputy Scot Peterson, who was armed, also remained outside the building as alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz continued his rampage.
Last week Israel said Peterson should have “went in. Addressed the killer. Killed the killer.”
Florida lawmakers are calling on Gov. Rick Scott to remove Israel from office, a power that governors have in the state.
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran called on Scott to suspend Sheriff Israel “for incompetence” in a letter signed by 74 other members.
The Florida Constitution provides the governor with the authority to “suspend from office any state officer not subject to impeachment, any officer of the militia not in the active service of the United States, or any county officer, for malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty, drunkenness, incompetence, permanent inability to perform official duties, or commission of a felony, and may fill the office by appointment for the period of suspension.”
Sheriffs are covered under the provision.
Kyle Kashuv, a student who survived the attack, told Fox News Sunday that Israel should resign, Breitbart News’ Pam Key reported.
“He absolutely needs to resign,” Kashuv said. “He failed to act on so many different levels. And he himself is responsible for this massive failure. This could have been stopped by the FBI, and the sheriff’s department had they acted.”
Israel has also blamed the FBI for failing to intervene.
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