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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Comments 1-5 of 47

  • 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.