Reason is reporting on how Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has a history of giving political supporters good-paying “jobs” as rewards. A microscope whose focus gets sharper as details continue to emerge about the events on that tragic day when seventeen people died.
When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find not only that Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer, had not entered the building, but that three other Broward County Sheriff’s deputies were also outside the school and had not entered, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them had gone into the school.
Now back to that Reason article.
Israel’s opponents say he’s built a publicly funded political machine, paying back supporters with jobs and using them to keep him in office. They say the money could be better spent, particularly after the sheriff complained about not having enough funding to secure the county courthouse, where a murder suspect recently escaped.
How many cronies are packed into the department and were any of them in uniform outside that school listening to gunshots while Cruz was inside killing? We’ve no idea yet. But when,
Asked about the allegations (of paying back supporters with jobs), Israel responded, “What have I done differently than Don Shula or Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King, Gandhi?”
He also said, “Lions don’t care about the opinions of sheep.” That’s a paraphrase of a quote from the Game of Thrones character Tywin Lannister, a villainous public administrator known for promoting his family’s interests ahead of the government’s or the people’s.
He sounds like a Democrat, which he is, but I don’t mean the blue-collar work-a-day sort. I refer to the ruling class variety. The Nancy Pelosi ‘crumbs’ club of liberal that enjoys a certain separation from the real world.
More to follow, I’m sure.