The new governor of Florida has suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for what boils down to general incompetence in the wake of the Parkland school shooting and other things:
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who faced criticism over his department’s response to the deadly Parkland, Florida, school shooting last year, was officially suspended by new Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday.
“Sheriff Israel has repeatedly failed and has demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership,” DeSantis said in a statement.
“He failed to protect Floridians and visitors during the tragic Fort Lauderdale International Airport shooting in 2017. He failed in his duties to keep our families and children safe during the devastating shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb.14, 2018,” the statement read. “These incidents demonstrate Sheriff Israel’s repeated incompetence and neglect of duty. The families of the victims deserve accountability. It is my job as governor to ensure that the safety of our local communities, especially the safety of our children, is paramount. Government officials must be held accountable for their actions, and/or inactions.
Israel, true to form, immediately shifted the blame to the NRA:
— liz roldan (@lizroldancbs4) January 11, 2019
From my perspective, that shamelessness only totally confirms that Gov. DeSantis made the right decision.
Then, in the irony of all ironies, Israel whined about “false narratives”:
“There was no wrongdoing on my part. I served the county honorably,” he said. “False narratives,” Israel claimed, are continuing “but not in a court of law. In a court of law, only the facts matter.”
Oh, there are false narratives here, but they’re coming from Israel’s side of the debate.
Israel doesn’t need to worry, because CNN or MSNBC will probably hire him as an analyst within a couple days.