Why Not to Vote for Disgraced and Ousted Sheriff Scott Israel
Scott Israel was removed from office because of neglect of duty and incompetence for his failed handling of two mass shootings of national significance, the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 students and faculty members dead, and the mass shooting at Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport that resulted in five deaths.
After being removed from office, Scott Israel repeatedly attempted to reclaim his position but was blocked by concerned citizens. Important in keeping Scott Israel from claiming his old job have been the victims of the Parkland massacre who have pleaded with lawmakers to keep Israel out of office.
Tony Montalto, whose daughter, Gina, was among the 14 students slain at the school, said the families are "unanimous" in placing the blame for the massacre at the feet of the ousted Sheriff Scott Israel and his failed policies before, during and after the mass shooting. The "systemic failures can only be blamed on incompetent leadership," Montalto said according to WUSF News
The families of Stoneman Douglas find it unfathomable that Scott Israel is running for election to get his old job back.
"Our 17 families have learned that without safety and security, nothing else matters," Montalto said, adding that Israel and his deputies "failed us when we needed them the most."
The state governor’s lawyers removed Scott Israel from office because he failed to prepare his deputies for mass shootings. “Florida law makes Israel accountable for the actions of his underlings and for policies instituted by his office … The facts and evidence show that Scott Israel failed to provide appropriate department policies for responding to an active shooter situation, he failed to adequately and frequently train his deputies to respond to an active shooter situation, and he failed in his paramount statutory duty to be the conservator of the peace in Broward County. These failures resulted in ‘unnecessary and preventable deaths and injuries’ at the airport and the Parkland school” according to WUSF News.
Because it is imperative that Scott Israel be kept from getting his old job back, voters need to look for the right candidate to cast their vote for.
Current, unelected Interim Sheriff Gregory Tony who is running against Scott Israel is not a good alternative; Gregory Tony’s leadership has been marred by continual failures because he does not have a basic understanding of the needs of the departments under him as a direct result of him having no background in the sheriff’s office before becoming the head of it.
Happily, there is a bright alternative to these equally unattractive options in the up-and-rising candidate Santiago Vazquez whose dramatic new C.A.R.T. Training programs promise to revolutionize the broken police training system by involving both citizens and psychological health experts into police affairs to begin healing our fractured communities.