“The Florida sheriff who’s dodged the media amid heavy criticism of his department’s handling of the Parkland school shooting appeared agitated this week when a reporter asked if he will ever take responsibility.
In the hours following the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel frequently appeared on television channels and news websites, as he criticized everyone from local politicians to the NRA to one of his own officers for failing to respond.
But after calls to resign from lawmakers due to a failure to notice warning signs regarding the shooter, a rocky interview on CNN in late February and the subsequent release of a video showing Broward Deputy Scot Peterson standing idle outside the high school as the attack unfolded, Israel has kept away from the media — until he was tracked down earlier this week by WPLG Local 10 News reporter Bob Norman.
“How do you have time to politick when you got all these problems?” Norman asks Israel as he’s seen leaving a meeting of the Weston Democratic Club.
“As I’ve said before, your stories have never been balanced,” Israel responds, adding he is “very disappointed” with the reporter.
“This isn’t about me sheriff,” Norman says, cutting Israel off. “I’m sorry this isn’t about me. No. There’s 17 dead people…You haven’t heard about the country being disappointed in you and the BSO?”