Stench Still Rising From Broward County Sheriff

Stench Still Rising From Broward County Sheriff

Stench Still Rising From Broward County Sheriff

It’s been nearly a year since Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, taking 17 lives. But the stench is still rising from Broward County, namely from the office of Sheriff Scott Israel.

On Wednesday a Florida state panel released a scathing 458-page report citing a perfect storm of security breakdowns, police blunders, and school inaction.

Here’s a news video of that report which provides harrowing images of Nikolas Cruz with his AR-15, stalking the high school halls. You’ll also see school officer Scot Peterson waiting outside the building.

Certainly there’s plenty of blame to go around. But there’s also the story of how Israel covered up for Peterson, after Peterson did the same for Israel. One hand washing the other, you might say.

It goes back to 2014, when Brett Israel, the Sheriff’s son, was the starting quarterback for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school. He was a senior that year, and he apparently liked to pick on freshmen — one in particular. The victim, a 14-year-old boy, reported to the school resource officer how Brett Israel, along with another senior, sexually assaulted him. He told the officer that while Israel held him down, another senior kicked him and grabbed his genitals. They also shoved a baseball bat between his buttocks, as if he were being raped.

All this information went into a four-page report that got filed and downplayed. Who was the school resource officer who filed the report? Scot Peterson.

Peterson could have charged Brett Israel with felony, but he reduced it to simple battery, writing that “the school district’s disciplinary matrix requires no law  enforcement action required regarding the incident.” Instead, Brett Israel received a three-day suspension. It was all part of the lenient environment of the Broward County school system.

Moreover, part of that environment was the “PROMISE” program, which was supposed to counsel young offenders instead of arresting them. Never mind that prosecutors and police didn’t think this was a great idea. Touchy-feely was the word of the day.

Guess who was one of the designers of this program? Sheriff Scott Israel, who worked with Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie in 2013 to implement PROMISE, an Obama-era pipe dream. “We can only measure our success by the kids we keep out of jail, not the kids we put in jail,” bragged Israel at the PROMISE signing ceremony.

And, voilà! Arrest reports dropped in the Broward County schools. The program was a miracle! Especially, of course, for Brett Israel.

It gave Nikolas Cruz all the breaks, too. In fact, he got to reset his offense record to zero every year. Nothing to see here, move along.

The stench was getting worse. Because not only did Scot Peterson give Sheriff Israel’s son the breaks on a sexual assault charge, Israel reciprocated and gave Peterson some good breaks, too.

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Sheriff Scott Israel. Credit: Broward County Sheriff’s Office. Licensing under public domain. 

Like not firing him after his epic fail at the Parkland shootings. Instead, he allowed Peterson to resign. So now, at 55 years old, Peterson is collecting more than $8700 per month for life on a public pension. That doesn’t even include health insurance.

And, to add to the stench, Sheriff Scott Israel still calls his leadership “amazing” and has no plans to resign. Plus, he plans to run again in 2020 after his 2016 re-election victory in heavily-Democrat Broward County.

Ah, but some fumigation might soon clear the stench. Rumor is that the new Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, will boot Israel from office sometime before February 14th, the first anniversary of the Parkland shooting. On top of that, outgoing Gov. Rick Scott just appointed Andrew Pollack, the outspoken father of Parkland victim Meadow Pollack, to the state Board of Education. Pollack advocates for school safety and accountability, but he’s no fan of the Broward County Sheriff’s office. Currently he’s suing Scot Peterson, whom he’s called the “Coward of Broward.”

It’s about time that Broward County’s mess get cleaned up. Right now it’s making sunny Florida stink to high heaven.


Featured image: cropped and altered from pilgrim passing @ pixabay. License under CC0 1.0; Public Domain.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • bilbo says:

    This is just more corruption at local level than most are willing to admit too. This kind of garbage happens often across this country. And here we have an arrogant self serving hack of a sheriff whom gives a good old boy pass to a lowlife buddy of his. And how in god’s name does a pooblik sector employee warrant $8700 a month pension ?. Is this some kind of Chicago union math scheme ?. I’ve known decorated veterans whom lived long enough to get their 20 years in their branch of service and didn’t get one quarter of that amount a month. Ah the corruption is rifle in that pension scheme…in that sheriff’s department , and that county.

  • GWB says:

    more than $8700 per month
    Wow. I wish I could make that before retirement.

  • Darkangel says:

    It stinks so bad in Broward that you can smell it all the way over in Pasco County.

  • RebeccaH says:

    Sorry, but Florida, which gave felons the right to vote, already stinks to high heaven and in all likelihood, will continue to do so for some time to come.

  • anon says:

    Broward County is the most heavily Democrat and most corrupt county in Florida.

  • sound awake says:

    8700 dollars a month pension for retired police officers is a failed business model
    see: calpers
    see also: the californization of florida

  • […] Israel. Newly elected Florida Governor Ron DeSantis fired Broward County Sherriff Scott Israel.  Israel famously used his position to politicize the Sheriff’s office in favor of democrats.  When you do that sort of thing, actual law enforcement typically gets left in the dust, in this case leading to the Parkland shootings.  Last week a Florida state panel released a 458-page report detailing security breakdowns, police blunders, and school inaction.  The report also detailed facts about school resource officer Scott Peterson’s arrangement with Sheriff Israel.  Peterson, who refused to enter the building during the shooting, investigated a sexual assault claim against Israel’s then-senior son who assaulted a 14-year freshman.  Peterson filed a 4-page report that got filed and downplayed.  Peterson could have charged Israel’s son with a felony, but downplayed it as simple battery, worth only a 3-day suspension.  Israel’s kid was the starting quarterback for the school football team and liked to pick on freshmen.  This one got way out of hand and should have resulted in a sexual battery / attempted rape charge.  In return, Israel reciprocated and gave Peterson some breaks, like not firing him on the spot for failing to enter the building during the shooting, instead allowing him to resign with full pension.  Israel’s firing is the first of many steps necessary to clean up the mess that he and his democrat backers made of local law enforcement. […]

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