Scott Israel is the Sheriff of Broward County, Florida, serving since 2013.. He is a member of the Democratic Party and an advocate for gun control. Israel has received significant media coverage for his department's controversial handling of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting which occurred in his jurisdiction.
The outspoken Broward County Sheriff battling calls to resign in the wake of the Florida high school shooting is described by former colleagues and associates in a new report as being a “hothead” who never talked in detail about crime and appeared more concerned with “putting his picture on the side of trucks.”
A report released Friday claims four of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel’s deputies waited outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while the attack was occurring. [...] Now CNN reports that the Coral Springs police officers claim three other Broward County deputies were outside the school but failed to go inside as well. They quote “Coral Springs sources” who said the three “deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles” when Coral Springs officers arrived.
Sheriff Israel has been criticized, accused of hiring his political supporters to work in "community outreach" jobs that consist mostly of going to meetings, touting the Sheriff's Department's success. Ten such workers were hired since 2013, for salaries totalling $634,479. Israel responded to criticism of his team with "lions don't care about the opinions of sheep," while also stating he doesn't spend more than ten seconds listening to his opponents' criticisms.
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