The union of deputies in Florida’s Broward County held a vote of “no confidence” in Sheriff Scott Israel Thursday, voting to officially rebuke the department head and asking Governor Rick Scott to remove him from his position.
The members of law enforcement voted 534 to 94 to remove Israel following his reaction and response to the deadly mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.
Union President Jeff Bell applauded the decision, saying “amazing leadership starts from the top, and there is no amazing leadership here,” adding that members of the union “have displayed great courage to come out and vote under threat of retaliation and reprisal from the sheriff.”
A recent report from a neighboring department -who also responded at the school shooting- publicly accused Broward County deputies “taking cover” behind trees and cars as the massacre unfolded inside the building.
The Sheriff also came under fire from missing repeated red flags surrounding 19-year old shooter Nikolas Cruz; with reports indicating his office received dozens of phone calls and tips of the impending attack that left 17 people dead.