The head sheriff of the department that received 18 warning calls about Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz boasted about his ‘amazing leadership’ and even made a bizarre comparison about the OJ Simpson case.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced Thursday that school resource officer Scot Peterson had been suspended after he failed to act on numerous reports about ‘school shooter in the making’ Cruz. As a result, Peterson retired.
Israel defended himself as well as the Broward County Sheriff’s Office while speaking to CNN on Sunday.
‘I can’t predict how an investigation is going, but I’ve exercised my due diligence, I’ve led this county proudly as I always have… we have restricted that deputy as we look into it,’ Israel told CNN host Jake Tapper in a live interview.
Tapper angrily asked about the department’s decision to ignore the red flags, and whether he thought the shooting may have never happened had the department done their job.
‘If ifs and buts were candy and nuts OJ Simpson would still be in the record books,’ Israel replied in his rambling TV appearance.
Tapper then asked Israel: ‘At this point sir, do you understand how the public, seeing red flag after red flag… warning after warning… they hear that your office didn’t even initiate a report?! How could there not even be a report on this?’
Israel replied: ‘Well, if that’s accurate Jake, there needed to be a report and that’s what we’re looking into.’
He pointed the blame to officer Peterson, who he said was wrong by failing to forward the reports to Homeland Security or the Violent Crimes Unit.
Tapper interrupted Israel to add the details about the 18 missed reports were from Israel’s office – after the sheriff questioned his ‘accurate’ information.
Israel went on to suggest that all deputies and officers make mistakes – and the mistakes should not be seen as a reflection of the general or lead of the department.
He further informed that the investigation is ongoing and Peterson and anyone else involved will face consequences.
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Source: Daily Mail