Watch Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Say Basically Nothing is His Fault

Posted: Feb 26, 2018 10:40 AM

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is coming under increased scrutiny and criticism after reporting shows severe and devastating errors by his department in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. 

When asked about the failure of at least one deputy to get inside and engage the threat, in addition to his own handling of the situation, Israel lost it and became defensive. Additional reports show three additional deputies waited outside while students were slaughtered.

It was revealed during an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday that Israel knew ahead of a town hall on the issue the deputy failed to act, but didn't disclose the information until the next day. Instead, he blamed the NRA for the body count.

Members of the Stoneman Douglas High School community have called for Israel to resign, which he says isn't an option. Instead, he believes he has done an "amazing" job both prior to the shooting -- when the department visited the home of the assailant 45 times -- and in its aftermath. 

TAPPER: Are you really not taking any responsibility for the multiple red flags that were brought to the attention of the Broward Sheriff's Office about this shooter before the incident, whether it was people near him, close to him calling the police...
ISRAEL: Jake, I can only -- Jake, I can only take responsibility for what I knew about. I exercised my due diligence.
I have given amazing leadership to this agency.
TAPPER: Amazing leadership?
ISRAEL: I have worked -- yes, Jake.

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