February 28, 2018

After a cold-blooded shooting at a school in Broward County, Florida, left 17 dead on Valentine’s Day, the collective shock we felt was so great that we could hardly absorb all the related stories that tumbled out afterwards: that for years, the shooter had set off every alarm bell imaginable and still had not been stopped, even by a background check; that four armed sheriff’s deputies had completely failed to act when they heard the shots; that it appears they’d been ordered not to go in without body cameras turned on (which they weren’t wearing at the time); that they allegedly stopped first responders from treating the wounded at the scene; and that after all this, Sheriff Scott Israel demonstrated he cares much more about protecting his own backside than about protecting the school kids. He has refused to resign or even to take any responsibility at all, going so far as to praise himself for his “amazing” leadership.

He’s amazing, all right. Everyone is amazed at what a piece of work this guy is.

And now, there’s more. Thanks to the ace reporting typical of Sara A. Carter, we now know that the Broward County State Attorney’s Office opened over 66 investigations into deputies and employees of the Broward County Sheriff’s Department, just in the period around 2012-2013. (We don’t even know how many there have been since then.) Forty of these investigations occurred during Sheriff Scott Israel’s amazing leadership, and they include such offenses as drug trafficking and kidnapping. What in blazes is going on in Broward County, Florida?

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Of course, Broward County isn’t the only place where screw-ups in this case occurred. They happened at the federal level, too, when the FBI dropped the ball more than once, most notably in “response” (not) to a detailed call making it perfectly clear that Nikolas-with-a-”k” Cruz of Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida was ready to shoot up the place at any moment.

But enough about the FBI –- Broward County looks like yet another swamp that’s badly in need of draining. One of the ongoing investigations there involves the fatal shooting by a deputy of local resident Jermaine McBean, an IT specialist who happened to be African-American and who was walking home carrying an air rifle he’d just purchased. Civil rights attorney David Schoen, who is representing the family of the deceased in a wrongful death lawsuit, compiled a long list of offenses that Broward County deputies and other employees, including supervisors, were arrested for, charged with and/or convicted of, mostly during 2012 and 2013, useful to his case because McBean was killed in 2013. They “run the gamut from Armed Kidnapping, to Battery, Assault, Falsifying records, Official Misconduct, Narcotics trafficking, and other crimes involving dishonesty and violence...” This is the SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

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According to Schoen, “Often the cases against BSO (Broward Sheriff’s Office) employees are resolved by guilty pleas resulting in short or no period of incarceration and a chance for the criminal record to be cleared after a period of time.” How nice for them.

Sara Carter reports that no one at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office could be reached for comment. Really? It seems as though they’d jump at another chance to tell the world how amazing they are.


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  • Laura Davis

    03/08/2018 02:05 PM

    Thank the good Lord for the mother who called the police on her son for stealing a car. She may have saved him from becoming a convicted criminal and spending a life time in the Big House. We need more parents who stand up for what is right today and not protect the little babies.
    Kiddos for the dad who had his son run to school for being a bully on the school bus! The same applies here. Parents are learning to stand up and are being Parents AND NOT LETTING THE CHILD BE THE ONE WHO RULES THE HOME.

  • Reade BT Lines

    03/03/2018 11:42 AM

    "Stand down" leftist politic... omissions that kill US Citizens
    Broward County
    Orlando Night Club
    US Boarder Patrol

  • James T Bryson

    03/02/2018 08:07 AM

    How do you respond to 45, not 39, 45 calls for law enforcement at the Cruz residence and FAIL to act to protect individual and public safety?

    The PSCO negligently and intentionally failed to arrest "the self identifying professional school shooter",when doing so would have blocked his ability to buy weapons. The facts and numbers are all there. The PC Schools Superintendent and Sheriff Israel colluded to cook the statistics for their shabby political-ideological ends, and federal funds. Both agencies, Broward County Schools and Broward County Sheriffs entered a formal agreement that GROSSLY misrepresented youth/school crime in Broward County. Let the lawsuit begin. Spin all you want YOU ARE EXPOSED.

  • Michael Egbert

    03/01/2018 08:59 AM

    Having been a law enforcement officer myself (retired, 33 years, Houston PD) I can understand somewhat where this sheriff is coming from. He naturally has a loyalty to his deputies in his department but the embarrassment and shame over their lack of performance during that high school shooting is inexcusable. Even I was surprised when I began hearing the details surrounding his deputies. That never would have happened with the officers of HPD (incidentally, nearly all of Houston's public schools have an armed officer assigned to them). The public outcry to crucify the sheriff and his deputies should be expected in this case....

  • Aaron Chapman

    03/01/2018 06:56 AM

    The response by the Broward County sheriffs department is without excuse regardless of any other circumstances. However I don’t see you, Mike, Sarah Carter, or anyone else talking about one of the biggest problems that contributed to this shooting. The state of the mental health system in this country. There exists in every community individuals who are dangerously mentally ill and are allowed total freedom to go wherever and do whatever they want in the community. When they act out and the police take them to be evaluated by the mental health system, it often takes hours for an evaluator to even respond to evaluate them. Most of the time they are evaluated and immediately released. When they are held it is usually for only 3 to 4 days and then they are released again. And this vicious cycle occurs again and again and again. It’s no wonder the police get frustrated. And our mental health organizations conveniently hide in the background and except no responsibility for shootings such is that that occurred in Florida. Anyone who disagrees with me needs to come and ride in my car for a couple months.

  • Robert Emmerick

    03/01/2018 12:11 AM

    CNN cover-up and refusing to let eye witnesses speak the truth through their own oberservations. The worst part of this tragedy is it was preventable even before it started not to mention the number of people who could have and should have stopped this the Sheriff and other deputies where foolish and first responder could have saved many lives!!!! P.S. the teachers who gave their lives would have done much better with guns in hand another is many students could have also stopped this because he was seen on campus so why we're the Gates left open and then closed P.S. the officers where less than 5 min sorry less than 3 min away. People refusing to heed the Signs just like 9/11 and like why is the Media and the Deep State under Obama's leadership pushing for Sharia law and the indoctrination of Islam on our Society that was formed under Judeo/Christian principals. ???

  • Joyce Tennant

    03/01/2018 12:02 AM

    On his show tonight, Bill Orielly had great information about it. No. 1, the students 911 calls went to another police district. The Broward Police were told it was firecrackers on the football field, so they went there. Meanwhile the other police depth that had received the 911 calls showed up. Listen to Bill.

  • Joseph Haddakin

    02/28/2018 11:14 PM

    Dammit Man, you must spend all day working on this newsletter. I love it!

  • Laura Favos

    02/28/2018 08:36 PM

    We must no longer coddle criminals, whether public or professional, as it allows continued criminal action due to no “real” consequences for such actions. Do the crime, serve the time

  • Richard Singletary

    02/28/2018 07:42 PM

    love trump vote for him again he learning slowly i cant fire a bb gun in my yard and a garden can only be 2500 square feet sarah is welcome those are our lives with higher population of illegals wanting elite non christian area to remain worse every day i stay. T.E.A party done deaf dumb and blind.

  • rodney Burke

    02/28/2018 07:32 PM

    Sheriff needs to be removed, by force if necessary "And in handcuffs" to quote Jeanine Piro. this man is a criminal. He has anything to do with Hamas?, the NAACP? As Ben Shapiro says "Something very fishy, is going on here." State Police and AG' office need to be all OVER this place. and every investigative reporter in FL. There needs to be recall of the sheriff and the rest, removed and in jail. I'd say it's time for some divine intervention, someplace.

  • Lawrence Hoya

    02/28/2018 06:23 PM

    It is time that the Broward County Sheriff's Office, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and the FBI be investigated by our Federal Government and State of Florida period. They should all be fired and sent to prison after the "TRUE FACTS" come out in this investigation. Mike Huckabee you are so right, "It's Time to Drain the Swamp" every where in each state now!

  • Sharon Bush

    02/28/2018 05:37 PM

    I am not understanding why people feel the Government should buy the food for people on food stamps. That leaves no choices. I have a disabled son on food stamps and he buys food not junk but he also buys from a company that delivers to the door. Food purchased for him leaves no choices. That means the government has control over what people eat. He also has a medical condition that does not allow him to eat some things other people eat. I personally feel food control is a terrible thing.

  • charles bailey

    02/28/2018 03:53 PM

    I see no purpose for a private citizen to own a auto. rifle I own guns but have no need for own of these, I would hate to have the job of manning a police dept. I know at best some guestionable individels would get through, what a tough job

  • art weintraub

    02/28/2018 03:37 PM

    We must take note that most if not all shootings have been perpetrated by millennials. THIS is of recent years. That being said, I am convinced that these massacres are caused by the desensitizing of killing people through video games and social media. Children today are glued to the "X-BOX" and playing combat games and the like. They utilize weapons of war (assault weapons (ARs included) to kill the bad guys. In many ways, killing in the mind of an impressionable child is purely don't hurt, after all it;'s quite natural. The children experience gang violence involving handguns, AR-15s, knives, etc. to rid the bullies from their lives. Think about it, were computer video games available in the 50s 60s? How about mass shootings way back then? Utilizing the VEN diagram, it will point towards the progression of technology. BY THE WAY, we met in New York while you were hosting your show. Be well! ART P.S. If you ever need any advise on real estate..give me a shout!!

  • John M. Kurilla

    02/28/2018 03:02 PM

    This is not the Sheriffs' Department that I remember from 1984 through to the middle of 2000. I have no clue what happened since I moved away in the mid 2000.

  • Firewagon

    02/28/2018 02:58 PM

    Ahh, now we know why those four "officers" did not "run to the sound of the gun." They only run to intimidate, or shake down, the non-life threatening, unarmed, lawful populace! The Feds? THE FEDS?! Let us return to those days of yesteryear when REAL "G-Men" took on the likes of Baby Face Nelson, Machine-gun Kelly, Legs Diamond, Dillinger, Bugs Moran, Al Capone - killers of men NOT unarmed children!

  • Virginia (Ginger) Hite

    02/28/2018 02:51 PM

    Since I have been keeping up with news about the New World Order group: dark force working behind the scenes, I soon decided this sheriff was one of them. They want to gain power so badly that they will do anything, including murder, to regain it. I have seen it hinted that the slaughter in Las Vegas had very questionable concerns about the same. That has been kept under wraps. The Lord will bring all this evil to light when it is His time to do it. I have complete confidence in our President and believe he is anointed of God to save America and the world through Him. Thanks for your stand, Gov. Huckabee.

  • Floyd Hale

    02/28/2018 02:03 PM

    The Sheriff seem more in interested in touting him self than addressing the situation or problems

  • Jim Norvell

    02/28/2018 01:35 PM

    Thank God our military does not have the policy of not allowing medics to enter a battlefield to tend the wounded until the guns are silenced. This is a policy that needs immediate revision. If EMTs wish to avoid harm, they should choose a different profession. I cannot imagine first responders who don't or are not allowed to immediately respond.
    As for Israel, he's a poster child for dangerous leadership. His past and current behavior shames an honored profession.

  • Colette Wagner

    02/28/2018 01:28 PM

    And these are the people that the government wants us to give our guns to and depend on when all hell breaks loose. Not a chance.

  • Norma cohen

    02/28/2018 01:28 PM

    This is all so disgraceful. This is definitely one swamp that needs to be drained. Sorry but I would hope that I would disobey the rules if I thought I could save a life. Body cameras. Really. They should have had them on. Fire the sheriff. T Y for giving us Sara. T Y for being so honest in reporting.

  • Mike Grayson

    02/28/2018 01:12 PM

    Governor Rick Scott needs to suspend this Sheriff for the welfare of the people he serves.

  • Gwyne Falo

    02/28/2018 01:10 PM

    After seeing so many lose their channels on Youtube, who were covering this shooting, I am convinced that more evil is going on than what the media, police, and FBI are telling us. In fact those channels who have been eliminated, were saying that there was more than one shooter, that a teacher said she saw a man, dressed in black, like a swat person, shooting, so it could very well be that this mentally ill person is being used as a patsy. May the Lord God Almighty reveal how evil this shooting was, by exposing the lies and deception in order to pass gun laws to our demise. May the Lord God expose the "Hamans" in our midst, just as He did through Mordecai and Esther, so we will not lose our rights as Christians in this country. May the Lord God have mercy on us as He did the Jews in the book of Esther. May He deliver us from all this corruption and evil. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

  • Dana Harlow

    02/28/2018 12:59 PM

    So now that we know about it, it's time to stop talking and DO SOMETHING!! It's been widely known how corrupt Broward County is and nothing is done. Enough is ENOUGH!

  • Robert E Walton sr MACS(SW);USN;Ret.

    02/28/2018 12:39 PM

    Mike I served 26 years in the naval service with 9 years as a military police officer, as a civilian police officer and 16 years as an armed security officer and Director of Security at an up scale private school in Norfolk, Virginia. One of the oldest and most prestigious school in the nation.
    I attended the active shooter threat response courses and my constant concern was a shooter after my people.
    The policy after Columbine has been to engage the murderer as quickly as possible. Sheriff Israel knows this and in my opinion is guilty of accessory to murder at most and malfeasance of office at least. However from what I have heard so far I am suspicious that there was a political motive for telling the deputies to stand down and I hope I am wrong. However it is being revealed that Israel is a left wing anti-gun job and that his department has provided training to Islamic radicals. This should be investigated and the truth revealed. I do not know the truth here but I do know that the left is desperate to disarm Americans and that the truth of corruption in our federal and state governments has been revealed by the actions taken by the left against our properly elected president. I have spent my adult life in the military, law enforcement and security. I am very knowledgeable with firearms and tactics. I wear rifle and pistol expert badges on my uniform. That said I believe something stinks about all of these shootings. I do not believe the official version of the Vegas assault. It stinks of a black op. I do not believe there was just one shooter and I do not believe a semi- automatic AR15 was the principle weapon. I believe the deep state is willing to commit mass murder to destroy the 2nd Amendment and subordinate this nation to global government.
    I do not say this lightly but what I see and what my knowledge and experience and instinct from 70 years of living and 40 some years of military and public service tells me is that something is stinking about all of this.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    02/28/2018 12:38 PM

    And yet the police dept will round up the homeless on buses and ship them to another county; there's where you man power is; they stop anyone that is carrying a loaded backpack.

  • Joseph Whitson

    02/28/2018 12:37 PM

    The key to stopping the School Shooting Problem is to,"REDUCE THE RESPONSE TIME FROM MINUTES TO SECONDS." That can only be achieved by having an," ARMED PRESENSE," within each school. Whether it's training and arm the teachers and Administration Staff or trained and experienced Combat Veterans located in strategic positions with clear lines of fire. LET IT BE KNOWN THAT ALL SCHOOLS ARE PROTECTED BY COMBAT VETERANS! TO HAVE TEACHERS MOVE THE KIDS TO THE BACK OF THE ROOM AND STAND BEHIND THE TEACHERS FOR PROTECTION IS SUICIDE FOR BOTH THE TEACHERS AND PUPILS! Mental Health issues and gun registration should be tied together for screening purposes.

  • Judy Blankenship

    02/28/2018 12:36 PM

    Where, amidst all of this, does the agreement that Obama made with the School systems in Florida and the policing authorities that they would receive more monies in their school districts if they would not arrest the kids nor bother them. They can get away with just about anything and not be arrested if it would remove them from school. I think this had a lot to do with the guards not entering the school. I believe the same arrangement was made with the Chicago Police Dept.. Please check this out and talk about it so we will know.

  • Tom Alstadt

    02/28/2018 12:27 PM

    Sheriff Israel is just another DemocRAT who follows the Marxist agenda of their party - which merged with CPUSA (Communist PArty-USA) decades ago. For the communists to take over the government, the citizens must be disarmed. Look to Israel for the solution to security. They have had only two school shootings in the past 44 years. Although very unfortunate, the number of people killed by these shooting are nothing compared to the 3,000 babies murdered each day. Enforce the existing laws. Get rid of bump stocks and devices that allow fully automatic performance.

  • Kelly D Allen

    02/28/2018 12:26 PM

    I spent 10 years as a deputy sheriff in Texas before family needs forced me out of a low paying job into the manufacturing sector. But I found a happy medium as a Safety and Emergency Response assistant fire chief, so I more or less stayed involved in the metro Emergency Operations Center comings and goings. I worked closely with local law enforcement and got to know many great folks and kept all my old friendships where I did work. Here's my two cents:
    In the 1980's We didn't have body cams. We didn't even have dash cams, laptops or anything high tech. We did things the old fashioned way. We worked hard to protect the citizens in the county I worked for. We made the biggest methamphetamine drug bust in Texas history at that time. We hunted down crazed criminals like Jerry "The Animal" Mcfadden and brought them to justice the old fashioned way: Hard nose, down and dirty police work. I worked with some amazing people back then. Were we afraid when we searched old warehouses, abandoned buildings or wooded areas for the armed and dangerous? Yes. Did we refuse to go when we knew people would be in danger if the suspect or criminal element wasn't caught? NEVER! Did we sometimes disobey a direct order to keep us from "going in where angels fear to tread"? Yes. But it was because we sometimes had someone in a command position who was trying to make a call when he or she wasn't there and didn't have a clue what we were looking at. They were idiots and we knew it. And the sheriff always, ALWAYS sided with his people and backed us up.
    I believe there are still the same type of people in law enforcement today who have the same character and integrity as the law enforcement folks did back in the 80's. But, today, they are hamstrung by fear of character assassination from the media, bad press, socialist snow flakes and lawmakers who couldn't find their butt with both hands. I know. Besides my friends, I still have family in law enforcement and I often hear the lament of what they go through. FACT: It's a lot tougher to be in law enforcement now than back then. I couldn't make it now. You not only have to fight the bad guys, but the bureaucrats who sit on their political backsides making up laws to help get them elected or help their friends in the law offices locally keep the money train flowing by making laws in favor of the criminal element to get them off on a technicality or plea bargain.
    It's especially tough when the bureaucrat also happens to be your boss who is doesn't give a rat's crap about the people he/she protects or the people who work for him/her. He/she is worried too much about their own assets and they will feed anyone who disagrees or is in line with their aspirations to the proverbial wolves.
    I had an old police academy instructor say "Indecision kills". And I think that is what really was going on in the minds of those four deputies. Indecision brought on by too many chiefs and not enough indians. Too many protocols and procedures (Whatever happened to just enforcing the laws of the United States, their state and municipalities and the Constitution of The United States?) A bad situation from anyone who depends on the Incident Command System to function. The weakness, both morally and intellectually, of the sheriff made for a bad day for anyone who was depending on strong leadership. If you can't make the tough call, then it's time for you to move on and put someone in that command position who can. And it is evident that Scott Israel needs to move on. He is a liability and not an asset. Never was. Never will be.

  • James T Bryson

    02/28/2018 12:21 PM

    I understand that an elected sheriff is a political position, noted, however, the cooperative malfeasance between, the Broward County School District, and the Broward County Sheriff's Office, to under report and under respond (as in appropriate response) is clearly documented in the public records. Unless you look away in intentional distraction, you must see that the BCSD Democrat politicos and their BSCO Democrat Sheriff COLLUDED to under report and under respond to school/youth offenders. On February 14th that long term, programatic, misrepresentation exploded into tragedy.

    Look at the public record, facts and make full public disclosure.

  • Eileen Barayasarra

    02/28/2018 12:18 PM

    We USED to have institutions for the INCURABLY mentally ill where they could be kept off the streets and kept from harming other people. One of my favorite presidents, Ronald Reagan, closed down most of them. That was the one thing he did that I did not like. Now PRISON is the only place we have to house them. Prisons can only take them AFTER they have done something really BARBARIC! So- - our streets are full of ticking time-bombs. Once around 20 years ago I was in a convenience store along with several young mothers with small children, and three teen-age boys who were apt to use poor judgment and mouth off. An obviously deranged man came in yelling that he had "been everywhere" and could not get any mental health assistance. He was yelling loudly and very upset. I grabbed two ice cream bars from the freezer, offered him one, said "YOU ARE SO RIGHT! Let's talk about it!" I hoped I could calm him so that the other customers could leave safely. He hesitantly accepted the ice cream bar and I encouraged him to keep trying, go every day and ask for help- - I honestly was so nervous that I do not even remember what I said, but he calmed down, finished the ice cream bar, left quietly. He thanked me very politely! When I got up to the counter, the clerk refused to let me pay for the ice cream, said "THANK YOU! He just scares me to death." Two years later he murdered a couple he did not even know- - shot them in the parking lot of a different convenience store at 4 a.m. as they folded newspapers before their delivery route. He is now on DEATH ROW! If he could have gotten treatment, that did not have to happen.

  • Jarrell jones

    02/28/2018 12:09 PM

    Good. Reporting We need more like you and your Daughter you both are great and I enjoy you both. Keep up the good work.

  • Marcia Brugger

    02/28/2018 12:06 PM

    Thank you for writing this. It just shows that when things smell "fishy", they usually are.

  • Nancy Andrews

    02/28/2018 12:02 PM

    This is such a tragedy! This is so sad that it is coming out now, I pray for the parents and the families of the staff that were lost during this evil deed. I could not imagine how I would feel knowing that deputies were out by the buildings when this carnage took place. How could officers stand out there and hear those shots and screams and know that people were not able to defend themselves and the officers had weapons to try to get the situation under control. I don't care if I was told to stand down, or not to go in without body cameras. May God have mercy on us.
    Before my mother died, she was always saying that the very old devil walks this earth, and with each day I see the devil coming out more and more. Please God save us.

  • Mike Spears

    02/28/2018 12:01 PM

    Seems like one could take the facts surrounding the Parkland shooting and write a recipe, not for deterring a school shooter; but for CULTIVATING a school shooter.

  • Stephen Thomas

    02/28/2018 12:00 PM

    Maybe he needs to add a few more stars on his collar.

  • Paul Morgan

    02/28/2018 11:55 AM

    This is a very leftist area. They are reaping what they have sown. No wonder the sheriff is in love with himself. No surprise here. Just a shame their kids had to pay the price for this work of art sheriff. Hopefully in time these voters will learn whom is elected counts! Put in a leftest sheriff and you get these results.
    In seeking cover, they blame the NRA. Pass the buck, no accountability here. That is liberalism 101.

  • Richard Kurkowski

    02/28/2018 11:53 AM

    Is this part of a plan to outlaw firearms. I am suspicious. Who is behind all the noise the school kids are making?? Keep digging!!

  • Christa Ohlich

    02/28/2018 11:47 AM

    He and his team need to go —-what cowards they are: meaning the sheriff Israel, etc

  • Stephen Mitchell

    02/28/2018 11:44 AM

    I live in Florida , and most of the sheriff's deputies that I come in contact with are "cowboys " . They think they're above the law , and can do as they please .
    I think , that every parent that lost a child in that school shooting , should file a wrongful death suit against the sheriff's department , and the F.B.I.

  • stephen russell

    02/28/2018 11:41 AM

    Is this a trend? or one off, How many more "Broward Counties" do we need in the US?
    Fire the sheriff alone, purge the Sheriff depts, retrain said Sheriffs.,
    Estd Campus Police like LA CA has, OK armed staffers,
    Fire mayor, assit Mayor IF involved.
    OK Broward County residents ACT.
    Change mental health codes, & status.
    Reuse idle acerage to house "dangerous" mental health types.
    More can be done
    CUT regulations alone. (vs safety for local residents)

  • Jackie Boykin

    02/28/2018 11:38 AM

    What about Obama’s and Holder’s “Promise Program” that was implemented in Broward County.? Is there anything to this?

  • George Morlan

    02/28/2018 11:34 AM

    Agree except for one point. My wife was an EMT (volunteer) for 20+ Years and they were never permitted to go into a dangerous situation until the police had cleared it. So I cannot criticize Broward County for that.

  • Amelia Little

    02/28/2018 11:31 AM

    So, perhaps the reported info that the sheriff (or someone in that department) is telling the officers to support the sheriff could be a reminder that a different sheriff in town might change what they could essentially get away with doing. Or, just as likely, with a new sheriff, there might be some officers finding themselves without their current jobs.