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  • Mic123

    It's about time there was some accountability. When are they going to address the failures at the school?

    Really wish David Hogg and the other bloomberg supported "protesters" would have yelled at least a little about the failures of the cops and the school.

  • srichey321

    17 young people murdered in a school shooting under his watch. I'm surprised he didn't resign right after it happened. I'm sure there is some nuance and complexity to consider, but the bottom line is that it was under his watch.

  • TexasVulcan

    Sorry, but a failure of this magnitude demands a "sacrificial lamb" regardless of personal blame.

    Someone needs to tell the Sheriff, "Sorry, the buck stops with you."

  • wiseone

    I 'm retired from a k-12 school system. I worked closely with the resource officer. Every visitor passed by this officer when entering the school. I know we had an officer who would not retreat from an active shooter like the officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. Sheriff Israel had problems with his officers confronting shooters. Therefore he was properly released of his duties by the Governor.

  • Arryandan

    21 interactions with the shooter, AND he posted pictures of the gun with a statement that when he was 18 he's shoot up the school. And the Sheriff thought the guy was trustworthy....? Eh? No wonder there was an 85% no confidence vote.

  • The Terminator

    Some of this story is new to me

    At the time I questioned his leadership.

    The big one then was two of his officers took phone calls from students/parents that Cruz talked openly about wanting to shoot up a school. The two officers didn't do or say anything. The two officers were suspended days after the shooting.

    My opinion, he put a resource officer in the school that my opinion was no good on the street. No other cop would trust him to have their back. So they gave him a cake job until the shooting started and he ran away. Just as he would have done with his partner if he was on the street.

    Parkland had the attitude, "It won't happen here."

    Things in this story don't match what was in previous stories.

    This story says 21 interactions. Past stories said 39.

    The photo with him holding the gun. I was not aware it came with a caption. However, it was my understanding it was sent by a tipster to the I believe the FBI Kansas City Office and the agent there failed to forward it to the Miami office. He sat on it.

    I don't know the Florida gun laws. What little I know they only look at convictions. The 3 day waiting period.

    The 21 or 39 encounters with no arrests wouldn't be considered for gun ownership. Which leads to the question, why was he not arrested?

    I believe Parkland could have been prevented if Parkland didn't take the attitude, "It won't happen here."


    Here after Parkland the police were falling over themselves making arrests for threatening to shoot up a school. I would say 20 to 30 arrests in the two months following Parkland to show they weren't going to ignore threats.


    Part of the problem may be police react to crime, not prevent crime.


  • End of Life Ritual

    I remember him on TV getting extremely defensive over what I thought were simple questions. I knew there was something wrong right then.

  • c0reDump

    Didn't realize a Governor could just fire an elected official like that. I guess we are testing US & State Constitutions in this new age.

  • Furrmin The Cat

    Israel famously replied, "If 'ifs' and 'buts' were candy and nuts, O.J. Simpson would still be in the record books.”

    Fool! OJ is still in the record books. He ranks #21 in all time yards gained rushing. He will never be taken out of the NFL record books. After all they are the records from the NFL and he was in the NFL.

  • Jan515

    It is about time sheriff Israel gets the boot for his incompetence. It is shocking that the sheriff's department officers had such poor training for an active shooter situation. Since Columbine in the late 80's police should be trained to enter a building immediately during an active shooter situation. I feel so sorry for the family and friends of the victims.

  • wdj

    "534 out of 628 deputies issued a 'no confidence' vote in his leadership compared to 94 who voted in confidence of the sheriff"
    When 85% of your employees have no confidence in your ability to lead, maybe it's time to look in a mirror and re-evaluate things.