State Rep. urges Scott to oust Broward sheriff over Parkland shooting

Feb 24, 2018
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and Florida Gov. Rick Scott at a Feb. 15 news conference near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

State Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, is urging Florida Gov. Rick Scott to remove Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel over his agency’s handling of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

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Hager sent a letter to Scott on Saturday calling on him to remove Israel, who was elected in 2012 and 2016, “for neglect and incompetence.”

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office had 23 interactions with Cruz or his family from November 2008 to November 2017, according to records. When the shooting occurred, the Broward deputy assigned to be the school’s security officer, Scot Peterson of unincorporated Boynton Beach, remained outside the building for four minutes while the shooting was taking place, Israel said.

CNN reported Friday that when police from neighboring Coral Springs arrived at the school, they found three other Broward deputies who were outside the building but did not go in.

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