Republican legislators in Florida demanded Sunday the suspension of Broward County sheriff Scott Israel, accusing him of "incompetence and neglect of duty" at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the months leading up to the mass shooting on February 14.  Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and 73 Republican colleagues urged Gov. Rick Scott, R., Israel, suspended a Democrat who was re-elected in 2016.
"Sheriff Israel failed to cultivate a culture of vigilance, vigilance and thoroughness among its deputies, Corcoran wrote in a letter released on Sunday." As a result of the failure of Sheriff Israel, students and teachers died. "
Israel said he would not resign if the agency handled the shooting that left 1
Israel said this before releasing the letter The agency was handling red flags about the suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, stumbled and had at least two warnings that he could carry out such an attack, but Israel said he should not be held personally responsible.
"I can only take responsibility for what I knew," he said Sunday morning in an interview in CNN's "State of the Union." "I've given this agency amazing leadership."
The sheriff has joined Asked how his office reacted to the massacre after it became known that an armed MP did not enter the school while the shooter was inside. This MP, Scot Peterson, retired last week after being suspended.
Israel said that he believes Peterson's inactivity could have cost lives, but he also said he should not be held responsible for Peterson's actions.
"You do not measure a person's leadership by Deputy did not say," he said in the CNN interview on Sunday.
Republican MP Bill Hager (R-Boca Raton) sent a letter to Governor Scott on Saturday accusing Israel of "neglect and incompetence." Israel called the letter "shameful" and "politically motivated."
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said on Sunday afternoon that it would initiate an investigation of the shootings' prosecution at the request of the governor.
In a statement, Israel said it would ce fully cooperate with the investigation, "because we believe in full transparency and accountability."
"This independent, external review will ensure public confidence in the results," he said.
National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch, The Sunday Speaker on ABC's "This Week" accused the sheriff's office of "dereliction of duty" and said that Israel should be subject to increased scrutiny.