by Sharon Rondeau

(Feb. 23, 2018) — The hashtag “#ResignSheriffIsrael” is trending in fourth place on Twitter on Friday night in apparent response to a CNN article published several hours earlier contending that, according to “sources” from the Coral Springs, FL Police Department, more than one Broward County Sheriff’s Office deputy remained outside of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14 as a murderer took 17 lives.

On Friday, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced during a press conference that Deputy Scot Peterson, the school’s assigned resource officer, remained outside of the school for about four minutes as the rampage took place unfettered, ultimately killing 14 students and three educators plus injuring at least 14 more.

Peterson was reportedly suspended without pay after the shooting pending an investigation and resigned on Thursday.  His home is reportedly now guarded by sheriff’s deputies.

In 2014, Peterson received a commendation for his performance as school resource officer.

At Thursday’s presser, Israel said he was “devastated” and “sick to his stomach” after learning that Peterson did not attempt to stop the shooter and that Peterson should have entered the school to “address the target.”  Israel did not mention the possibility that Peterson was not the only deputy from his office who arrived at the school as the rampage was taking place and failed to apprehend the perpetrator.

The 19-year-old former student accused of committing the murders was questioned by police in November after he was reported to have threatened a 22-year-old acquaintance with gun violence.  News reports also indicate that an online threat apparently posted by Nikolas Cruz reported to the FBI in September and a second report made on January 5, 2018 were not acted upon properly by the federal law-enforcement agency.

Las Friday, the FBI acknowledged its mishandling of the reports it received about Cruz’s alleged propensity for committing violence.

Several outlets have reported that Cruz was the subject of police visits 39 times dating back to 2010 but was never arrested nor prohibited from buying a gun.

CNN’s Friday report said, in part:

With direction from the Broward deputies who were outside, Coral Springs police soon entered the building where the shooter was. New Broward County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene, and two of those deputies and an officer from Sunrise, Florida, joined the Coral Springs police as they went into the building.

Some Coral Springs police were stunned and upset that the four original Broward County Sheriff’s deputies who were first on the scene did not appear to join them as they entered the school, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. It’s unclear whether the shooter was still in the building when they arrived.

At a Wednesday night townhall discussion moderated by CNN, Israel gave no indication that he was aware that one or more of his deputies did not act swiftly to stop the carnage.  Face-to-face with NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, Israel voiced his support for a ban on bump stocks and “automatic rifles” while telling Loesch she was “wrong” to contend that his office could have done more to prevent the tragedy.  Israel also expressed support for Stoneman Douglas student survivors-turned-gun-control-advocates, some of whom declared politicians who have accepted donations from the NRA to be at fault.

Israel’s position at the forum was generally cheered by left-leaning media on Thursday.

Since the massacre, many Americans have turned to blaming the NRA, with a boycott of the organization generating a loss of endorsements and business arrangements on Friday.

An article dated January 13, 2017 at FrontPageMag details a shooting carried out by Esteban Santiago at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport one week before which killed five people.  The airport is located in Broward County.

The article reported that Santiago appeared, based on reports of his posts on his MySpace page, to have converted to Islam at some point, was an Iraq War veteran, and served in the Alaska Army National Guard.

Following the attack, which was described as one of terrorism, the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reported that a 99-page report issued by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office revealed that in the wake of the airport attack, “the agency erred from the very beginning in controlling the shooting scene in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2, where five people died and six others were wounded. The initial failures were compounded as false reports of more gunshots 90 minutes later sent travelers stampeding to the exits and onto the tarmac.”

In an article reporting then-Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief’s refutation of the report, the Sun Sentinel wrote, in part:

The highly critical, 99-page draft report, written by Sheriff’s Office officials, showed top-to-bottom failures within its own ranks, including how it contained the crime scene. It also faults itself for failing to take command over the more than 2,000 law enforcement officials that responded from state, local and federal agencies, which added confusion to an already panicked scene.

But it also points blame at the Broward County Aviation Department, which runs the airport, for multiple issues during the day. The review suggests that aviation officials maintained operations in Terminal 2 too long after the shooting.

On Friday’s “The Ingraham Angle,” Fox News contributor Allen West, who is also an NRA Board member, called for Israel to resign after host Laura Ingraham’s other guest, Michelle Malkin, observed that Israel gave no indication during Wednesday’s townhall meeting of the information he would release the next day about Peterson.

Ingraham reported on her Friday show that two students invited to participate in the townhall discussion claimed that CNN had sought a particular viewpoint beforehand.  Ingraham faulted townhall moderator Jake Tapper as having abandoned his journalistic standards; Tapper is also the author of the article sourced to the Coral Springs Police Department.

As of press time, #ResignSheriffIsrael remains in fourth place on Twitter.

Editor’s Note:  Just after publication at 11:16 p.m. EST, the writer noted that the Sheriff Israel hashtag has fallen to seventh place on Twitter.



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  1. Most police don’t carry a rifle. Usually they have a pistol. Therefore, a “nut job” with a rifle
    and lots of ammo has the high ground. Also, most police don’t wear a helmet nor have
    body armor. So this recent shooting incident was a disaster in the making. Ed Sunderland
    is correct for many dropped the ball.

    What training and resources did the deputies have? In a shooting things occur rapidly. Was
    there a team leader? What communication was there? The shooting took place in a large
    compound in a matter of several minutes. The clock was ticking…

    While the sheriff’s teams response was lacking, given the fast pace and confusion, can there
    be some forgiveness? Indeed, this was a learning experience to learn and prevent another
    incident. Further, soft targets need to be hardened.

  2. As retired LEO with 30+ years of service, I cannot offer any good news for Israel..He is incompetent at best, and downright dangerous at worst..17 kids died because his deputies stood pat and didn’t attack the threat..There has to be accountability..And what was Israels response?..”I didn’t know anything..Its not my fault”..Israel..Stand up, and be a man…Resignation is too good for you, firing is the only answer

  3. He should absolutely resign. Personally I think it is disgraceful to go on tv and blame others when 4 of his officers acted so pathetically which likely resulted in further loss of life.

    People saying its understandable because “who wants to go up against an AR15 with a six shooter” are delusional.

    • The deputies likely had glock 19’s which hold 19 rounds
    • Thats literally their job

    Stop politicizing everything. Regardless your beliefs on gun control, this was a massive failure.

  4. I support the Sheriff Israel. First, he is right on gun control. Second, I feel bad for the deputy who resigned, in the REAL WORLD, how do expect one guy with a six shooter to out an AR-15? Third, sure there is blame concern to go around, but firing a competent and thoughtful law enforcement officer is not the way. And finally, how does anyone know it the #ResignSheriffIsrael is NOT A RUSSIAN BOT, ADDING TO THE DIVISIVENESS OF THIS ISSUE? I stand now, and always will, with the STUDENTS. Theirs’ are the only credible voice in this whole story. Period. PS: I do blame the NRA, they are completely unreasonable in the face of unimaginable carnage. I quote the students “Guns > our lives?” and David Hogg “we will outlive you.”

  5. What happened here is out and out Dereliction of Duty. It began at the top in his department and went completely throughout it. It’s a crime!! He let the school board and politicians tell him what he will not do. That was simply….”Do not enforce all laws” The school board should do the same…..all resign.

  6. The buck stops with you buddy! Shedding a tear and blaming everyone around you. No accountability for you, really? You and everyone else who failed to do their job and protect those students – need to resign!

  7. Yes i agree. The so called sheriff has to be REMOVED from office. This is what happens when we allow incompetent
    political aspirants take control of an agency responsible for safeguarding lives.

  8. Pls sheriff Scott do the right thing and submit your resignation immediately
    As you are the one responsiable for the actions of your officers

  9. People around this fool knew he was a loose cannon and he made verbal threats enough to make citizens and former classmates to call the FBI, twice! Then he has had numerous run ins with the local police. He then goes off the rails and shoots up the school but sheriff deputies refuse to enter the school to put a stop to this insanity but somehow it’s the NRA’s fault and don’t forget, all of us who are NRA members it’s our fault too?

    It’s our responsibility this happened even though the cops clearly dropped the ball, FBI didn’t give a damn, the sheriff deputies hid in the parking lot. So really? It’s out fault and the NRA’s fault?

    I will say this, if these companies are so stupid they want to side with the DNC and their Godless immoral anything goes baby killing you decide if you want to be a boy or girl anythings goes party then they can have all of your business as I refuse to engage in commerce with you.

    If these bastions of morality and peace like Enterprise rent a car and Fedex are so indignant they select to side with the socialist commie democrats and fraudulent media knock your lights out and good luck with that.

    I have a lot more to say about this but Sharon would be right not to publish a page full of profanity.