Broward County Sheriff Claims That if Deputy Didn’t Have the Heart to Go in, it’s Not His Responsibility

Kirsters Baish| Scott Israel, Broward County Sheriff, spoke to reporters and stated that the fact that his deputy failed to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the time that the shooting was taking place was not his responsibility.

Sheriff Israel spoke to an NBC6 South Florida reporter in a video interview that was tweeted out by Erika Glover. During the interview Israel stated, “I gave him a gun. I gave him a badge. I gave him the training. If he didn’t have the heart to go in, that’s not my responsibility.”

Israel’s interview with the local NBC affiliate came after he had been scrutinized by the masses for his department’s failure to handle the school shooting properly, a school shooting that left 17 people dead.

Governor Rick Scott was called on by Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran to suspend Sheriff Israel. His reasoning was due to “incompetence,” Breitbart News’s Jeff Poor explained. 

Governor Scott was sent the letter by Corcoran and the rest of the 73 House members who joined him to sign it. The governor is given the authority by the Florida Constitution to “suspend from office any state officer not subject to impeachment, any officer of the militia not in the active service of the United States, or any county officer, for malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty, drunkenness, incompetence, permanent inability to perform official duties, or commission of a felony, and may fill the office by appointment for the period of suspension.” This provision covers Sheriffs as well.

One of the students who survived the attack, Kyle Kashuv, told Fox News on Sunday that Israel should be resigning from his position. Breitbart’s Pam Key reported that Kashuv stated, “He absolutely needs to resign. He failed to act on so many different levels. And he himself is responsible for this massive failure. This could have been stopped by the FBI, and the sheriff’s department had they acted.”

Adam Baldwin had something to say about Sheriff Israel’s interview by saying, “#TheBuckStopsOverThere.”

A Twitter user named @Psychic2009 tweeted, “Obviously Sheriff Scott Israel never speent any time in the military. The buck stops with you. RESIGN!”

“Leaders are responsible for the agency,” Sheriff Israel went on during the interview. “But leaders are not responsible for a person.”

Esdras Garcia responded to this in a tweet saying, “A good leader Leads when things are good but will also lead when things are bad. As their boss you are ultimately responsible for their actions whether they are good or bad.”

Jaunita Broaddrick also felt that Sheriff Israel should be thinking about resigning.

Conservative talk show host and former Congressman Joe Walsh put in his two cents as well.

Broward County protesters are insisting that Israel resign. A conservative writer tweeted:

Sheriff Israel spoke to CNN’s Jake Tapper and addressed all of the calls for his resignation saying, “I’ve given amazing leadership to this agency. Of course I won’t resign.”