The Florida sheriff, who eludes the media under heavy criticism of his department's handling of Parkland school shooting, appeared excited this week when a reporter asked if he would ever take responsibility.
In the hours after the Valentine's Day Massacre in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel frequently appeared on television channels and news websites as he criticized each of local politicians against the NRA for one of his own officers for lack of response.
But after calls for legislators to resign Due to a failure to notice any warning signals regarding the shooter, a rocky interview on CNN in late February and the subsequent release of a video featuring Broward MP Scot Peterson during the attack outside the High School has frankly pointed out that Israel has kept away from the media until it was spotted by WPGG Local 10 News reporter Bob Norman earlier this week.
"How do you have time for poli are you ticking when you have all these problems?" Norman asks Israel how he saw him leave a meeting of the Weston Democratic Club.
"As I said, your stories were never balanced," Israel replies, adding that he is "very disappointed" with the reporter.
"This is not about me sheriff," says Norman, cutting off Israel. No, there are 17 dead … you have not heard that the country is disappointed with you and the BSO? "
Later in the heated stock market, Israel says it wants to wait for a Florida Department of Law Enforcement Investigative Report, ordered by Governor Rick Scott, before commenting on its administration's handling of the attack  "Will you ever take responsibility for what happened at Stoneman Douglas?" Asks Norman.
"When the report arrives, we'll have this conversation, Bob, and you seem to get really angry now," Israel answers before slamming his door to the police car.
The confrontation came just a week after Jeff Bell, president of the Broward County Sheriff's Deputies Association, told the station that the base was voting on confidence in Israel.
FDLE told Fox News Wednesday that their investigation into how the police handled the shootings at school was "in the early stages" and "could not include a timetable for completion".
Governor Scott demanded the investigation in February after receiving two letters, one from prosecutor Bill Hager and the other from Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who was supported by 73 Republican colleagues and demanded the removal of Israel.
In Corcoran's letter he wrote that "In the years leading up to this unspeakable tragedy, Sheriff Israel, his deputies, and co-workers repeatedly ignored warning signs about the violent, unpredictable, threatening, and antisocial behavior of Nicolas Jacob Cruz."
Scott said in February that he had "asked FDLE to immediately investigate the response of law enforcement agencies and further investigate this matter as more facts emerge.
" There has to be an independent investigation, and so I have the FDLE Commissioner asked to begin this process immediately, "he added" I have spoken with Spokesman Corcoran about his request and I understand his concerns. "Scott Scott's Deputy Communications Director, McKinley P. Lewis, told Fox News on Thursday that the governor still stands by that statement.
Cororcan's office did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News.
But local and state Democrats say the facts must come out before a fair opinion can be made about Israel and that Republicans are only trying to shift the focus away from other hot-button issues such as gun control, de reports Miami Herald.
"It's just a distraction," said Cynthia Busch, chairwoman of the Broward Democratic Party newspaper in 1965.
While Bob Norman was able to track down Israel on Monday, other reporters were left in the dark a few weeks ago.
During a prayer meeting held at his community in Pompano Beach on March 1, Israel sneaked in and out of the facility through a side door to escape the media, which according to the Miami Herald were excluded from coverage
" We do not want you in the church. "Pastor John Mohorn, a former member (19659005), told a participant there that Israel had gone in for about half an hour before quietly making his way out.
A pastor who spoke with reporters after the incident said "There was an attack against [Israel] elected officials."
Former Israeli colleagues and co-workers who spoke with the New Yorker in mid-March called him a "hothead" who never spoke at length about crime and more appeared concerned with "putting his picture on the side of trucks." But Israel The public information officer told the magazine that the allegations were "shameful, baseless and obviously wrong".
Sources of the police department told WPLG Local 10 News that Israel has sworn privately to go nowhere and return to sheriff's position in 2020 – even though Scott removed him from his post.