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Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel to oppose the vote of no confidence of his own deputies



Jeff Bell, president of the Office Deputies Association of the Broward Sheriff, told CNN on Friday that union members had decided to move ahead with the vote, which will begin electronically tonight and close on April 26.

"There's a whole failure in the sheriff's office and he does not recognize it," Bell said.

CNN is trying to reach Israel to get its reaction to the decision. Bell said he had informed the sheriff before the announcement that the vote would go on.

"The movement follows many allegations of wrongdoing … and the lack of leadership that has destroyed morale across the agency," the MP said:

Bell says the historic move is on attributed to the malfunction of the office, which has been stacking for years. But it was Israel's behavior after the shooting that 1

7 people died, pushing the base over the edge, he says. Especially when Israel school reporter Scot Peterson was quickly blamed for not entering the building and stopping the shooter.

  Stoneman Douglas & # 39; Resource Officer reported gunfire in 1200 but failed to reveal calls

Peterson said through his lawyer that he thought the shots would be fired outside the building. Peterson was suspended without pay and resigned later.

Bell, who also criticized Peterson, agrees that the MP should have entered the building. But he said he and his union members believe the sheriff should have taken some responsibility as well, instead of blaming all the blame on a deputy.

Israel "did not say it was an open investigation (on the law enforcement response to the shootout) He accused Peterson of everything," Bell said. "You're not doing this to any of your MPs."

"My members They are not kids on billboards They're not spotless They make mistakes What we're saying is that they should be punished fairly, "said Bell

Deputies complained about mixed messages, politics

The Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association represents 1,325 MPs, more than half of the county's 2,560 certified deputies. "There's no moral among MPs and NCOs, Bell says." He says his members have had enough of mixed Messages of leadership and confusion over some of the division's policies.

  Radio errors caused confusion in police response to parkland shots

One example, he says, is the active shooter policy, which states that a deputy may "board" a building and engage the shooter, to receive life. But in training, Bell says, MEPs learn to enter the scene of shooting and confront an active shooter. MEPs must make decisions in fractions of a second, he said, so that their leadership and training should be identical.

Legislators asked Governor to suspend Sheriff

This is not the only step against Sheriff Israel in the post-war shooting

Eleven days after the February 14 massacre sent to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Florida House spokesman Richard Corcoran and 73 other Republican representatives sent a letter to Governor Rick Scott asking him to suspend the sheriff for what they called his name. Incompetence and obligation failure. Legislators also cited the failure of Scott and his deputies to enter the school building to stop the shooter and their failure to deliver warning signals about the shooter for years.

The governor did not suspend the sheriff but started one State investigation being conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office was consistently accredited by the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement, most recently in November 2017. The national organization maintains a corporate body of standards for public safety initiatives and setting up and administering the accreditation process.

The Broward County Commissioners and Florida State House of Representatives are also investigating law enforcement response to Parkland shooting.

In a heated interview on CNN's "State of the Union" at the Feb. 25 – The same day lawmakers sent the governor this letter – anchor Jake Tapper asked Israel how he could claim "astounding leadership" of the sheriff's office, as it guns out of the hands of shooter Nikolas Cruz after several reports of alarming behavior and incidents who could not hold him, and when the school resource officer – a Broward County MP – stayed outside the building when Cruz killed 17 people and injured many more.

"Jake, in 16 of these cases (reports on Cruz) our deputies did everything right, our deputies did amazing things, we took that – in the five years I'm sheriff, we have the Broward Sheriff & # 39; s Office raised to a new level. I've worked with some of the bravest people I've ever met, "said Israel.

"It makes me sick that we had a deputy who did not go in, because I know that if I were there, if I were on the wall, I would have been the first, along with so many other people." [19659002]

"Morality is gone"

The vote of no confidence will vote April 26 to allow all voting members to cast their votes during their shift. All deputies and sergeants in the union will have the casting vote

While the result of the vote of no confidence is mainly symbolic, it will give the sheriff an idea of ​​what his ordinary deputies think of his command.

"Some of his best backers are against him," Bell said. "Morals are gone, morality is gone."

The union has never held a vote of no confidence against the sheriff, according to Bell.


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