A lot of blame should be placed on Sheriff Israel’s office in the case of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting that took place last month. Sheriff Israel deserves a fair amount of that blame. The sheriff’s office took in roughly 50 calls involving Nikolas Cruz even though he claimed that the number was closer to 20.
The Independent reported that the Broward County Sheriff’s Office responded to around 50 calls involving Nikolas Cruz or his brother within the 10 years prior to him opening fire in his former high school.
Call logs were taken from the sheriff’s office. These logs prove that authorities had 45 calls about Cruz and his brother between 2008 and 2017. CNN reported that the reasons for these calls stretch from “domestic disturbance” to “missing person” to “animal abuse.”
The amount of calls is much higher than the 20 or so that Israel claimed that they received. So Israel is either incompetent or a liar… or both. Sheriff Israel’s officers failed to respond while at the scene.
It was reported that Chuck Grassley isn’t allowing Scott Israel to get off scotch free. The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman excoriated Israel because he failed to show up to a Wednesday hearing on Capitol Hill. The meeting was about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He was accused of having “let the American people down.”
The Iowa Republican stated in his opening remarks, “The committee also invited Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel to testify.”
Grassley compared Israel’s failure to show up with his frequent media appearances. He was at a pro-gun town hall hosted by liberal news network CNN days after the shooting at the Parkland, Florida high school.
“I’ve seen that sheriff all over television discussing the shooting, so it’s disappointing that he has refused to speak to the country through his testimony before this committee.”
Israel simply shouldn’t be employed by any kind of law enforcement agency based on his actions on February 14.
National Review reported:
The numbers tell the story: 23 sheriff’s calls involving the Parkland shooter; 18 sheriff’s calls involving the shooter’s behavior directly (some of the others were principally about his brother); four sheriff’s deputies, armed and trained, cowering outside the high school while the killer within carried out his massacre; 17 dead.
The failure of the Broward County sheriff’s department in this matter has been comprehensive — before and during the incident, obviously, and after it, too, with the continued sanctimonious blame-dodging of the sheriff. The sheriff’s department (and other law-enforcement agencies from Palm Beach County to the FBI) had every reason to believe not only that the killer was a danger to others but that he was specifically planning a school massacre. People who knew him called in with that specific worry, and the killer boasted online of his plan to become a school shooter. Those boasts were forwarded to the FBI, which did precisely nothing in response. The killer himself called police to tell them he had been having trouble after the death of his mother.