From the Miami Herald:
It appears that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is preparing to pack up his office.
The two-term sheriff, the object of fierce criticism over BSO’s handling of the Parkland massacre, told his top commanders that he will be removed from office by Gov. Ron DeSantis, sources have told the Miami Herald.
DeSantis, who was sworn in Tuesday morning, had not made a formal announcement of a possible suspension. Israel’s discussions with staff about his ouster was first reported by Miami New Times.
Stuart N. Kaplan, one of Israel’s lawyers, said Israel was in his office at the public safety building in Fort Lauderdale working on Tuesday.
“The governor has not said anything to us, directly or indirectly, as to whether or not the sheriff is going to be suspended,’’ Kaplan said. “He is working and continues to serve the citizens of Broward County.’’
But Jeff Bell, BSO’s union chief, said Israel told his staff on Monday that his ouster was inevitable.
“We know that he is telling everyone at the public safety building that he is going to be gone,’’ said Bell, who was at DeSantis’ swearing-in ceremony in Tallahassee on Tuesday.
Personally, I have come to the conclusion that this is a terrible idea.
Sheriff Israel has been described as “the most powerful Democrat” in Florida’s most Democratic county. DeSantis is a Republican who won by a narrow margin.
Rule Number 1 of big government is: never admit to the failing of big government.
As mad as many people in Broward are at Sheriff Israel, I doubt most of them can admit that he was a worthless piece of shit whose incompetence led to the deaths of all those people.
They will twist and turn and pervert the truth until Sheriff Israel is turned into a martyr for wanted to push gun control in the “Gunshine state” ousted by a mean and nasty Republican with an axe to grind after his near loss in the recount in Broward and embarrassing the NRA on CNN.
That fits the narrative much better than the facts of Parkland Commission Report.
I mean, really… the Parkland Commission was made up of a bunch of Sheriffs from those redneck, Red counties up state.
I predict that within a year, definitely by the next election, when the Parkland Commission Report is stale in people’s minds, Sheriff Israel will be back, proclaiming his greatness and will be held up as the victim of a political hatchet job at the hands those awful Republicans.
Broward County residents elected Sheriff Israel, if they don’t trust him they can vote him out next election.
A buddy of mine in Broward, who lives only a couple of miles from Parkland, agrees with my assessment but proposed one other potential that we agreed to be a positive outcome.
Sheriff Israel eats his service weapon out of disgrace.
It would be a fitting end to that coward.