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Scott Israel Bio
|Scott Israel was an American law enforcement officer who served as the 16th Sheriff of Broward County, Florida until his termination on January 11th, 2019 by an executive order signed by Governor Ron DeSantis. DeSantis appointed Gregory Tony to replace Israel. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting occurred in his jurisdiction while he was Sheriff.|
|Scott Israel Personal details|
|Scott Israel Age||He was born in 1956 (age 62) in New York, US|
|Scott Israel Wife||Susan Israel|
|Scott Israel Children||3 Children. Brett Israel, Blair Israel, and Blake Israel|
|16th Sheriff of Broward County|
|In office January 8, 2013 – January 11, 2019|
|Preceded by||Al Lamberti|
|Succeeded by||Gregory Tony|
Scott Israel Career
Israel was born in New York. His father was a homicide detective. He became a patrol officer for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in 1979. In the 1980’s he was investigated by Fort Lauderdale Police Department Internal Affairs division for 10 incidents. The incidents included 6 accusations of “excessive or unnecessary force”, shooting at a drug suspect and for using profanity. Israel was later on cleared of all wrongdoing. He worked in narcotics and later served as a SWAT commander. From 2004 to 2008, he was the chief of police in North Bay Village. He left that position in 2008 to run for Sheriff but lost the election.
Scott Israel Broward County Sheriff
Israel was elected sheriff of the Broward County in 2012. He ran against incumbent Al Lamberti whom he defeated; he was reelected in 2016. He is known for being outspoken regarding gun violence and gun control and opposes open carry legislation. In 2016, Israel began to implement a plan for deputies to have body cameras. In 2017, his office was criticized for failing to take control in the aftermath of the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting. According to a report issued by the Sheriff’s Office, the failure was caused both by leadership issues and problems with communication systems.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting
In the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Israel came under scrutiny for both for the actions of his deputies and his department’s failure to act on warning signs about shooter Nikolas Cruz. On the day of the shooting, an armed sheriff’s deputy was outside of the school but did not enter. Afterward, Israel criticized the deputy, saying that he should have “went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer”. It was, later on, discovered that there might have been at least two other deputies, that arrived later, who also did not enter the building. Coral Springs police officers who arrived at the scene were surprised to find that the deputies still had not entered the building. According to Israel, his agency had “been involved in 23 type calls involving the killer in some way, shape or form — or his brother.” However, through a Freedom of Information Act request, CNN found that the sheriff’s department had received 45 such calls about Cruz or his brother over the past decade. Israel has rejected calls for his resignation, including one from State representative Bill Hager.
Scott Israel Controversies
Sheriff Israel has received criticized by his political opponents. He was accused of hiring his political supporters to work in “community outreach” jobs that consist mostly of going to meetings, touting the Sheriff’s Department’s success. Ten such workers were hired since 2013, for salaries totalling $634,479.
Israel responded to criticism of his team with “lions don’t care about the opinions of sheep,” while also stating he doesn’t spend more than ten seconds listening to his opponents’ criticisms.
On April 20th, 2018, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association opened a no-confidence vote for members, scheduled to conclude on April 26th. The no-confidence vote was the first one that the union had brought against a sheriff. The no-confidence vote concluded 534–94 against Israel.
In May 2018, following the April vote of no-confidence, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association paid for a billboard just north of Sunrise Boulevard on Interstate 95 appealing to Governor Rick Scott and referencing their vote with the phrase “There is no confidence in Sheriff Israel”. The association has called for the governor to remove Israel following his handling of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
Scott Israel Suspended from Broward Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Israel was removed from office on January 11th, 2019 by Florida governor Ron DeSantis, due to alleged misconduct concerning the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
Scott Israel Wife (Susan Israel), Children
Israel wife is Susan Israel. The couple has three children, Brett Israel, Blair Israel, and Blake Israel.