In a disastrous interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel admitted he was aware of reports about deputy resource officer, Scot Peterson, failing to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, prior to CNN’s town hall on the shooting.
Tapper: When did you find out that Deputy Peterson had not gone into the building? How soon after the shooting did you know that?
Israel: Not for days.
Tapper: How many days?
Israel: I’m not sure.
Tapper: Because you spent much of the Wednesday night town hall on CNN to meet with the entire Stoneman Douglas communities, students and teachers and parents, attacking the NRA, saying the police need more powers, more money to prevent future tragedies, you didn’t disclose any of this, to the crowd then, the Stoneman Douglas high school community, did you know it then, did you know it Wednesday night?
Israel: It was spoken about earlier during that day. I’m not on a timeline for TV or any news show, we need to get it right, we need to get it accurate, we’re talking about people’s lives, we’re talking about a community, we need to corroborate, we need to verify, and once we did the next day, and I looked at the tape and I was 100% certain that it happened the way I was told about, the investigators initially told me about, I didn’t even release it right then…..
In the same interview, Israel compared himself to a president, and touted his ‘amazing leadership.’
When Tapper pressed Israel how the Broward County Sheriff’s Office could have responded to the shooting differently, the embattled law enforcement officer responded with:
Partial transcript of the exchange below:
“I’ve exercised my due diligence, I’ve led this county proudly as I always have,” he said. “We have restricted that deputy as we look in to it. You know, deputies make mistakes, police officers make mistakes, we all make mistakes, but it’s not the responsibility of the general or the president, if you have a deserter. You look into this. We’re looking into this aggressively, and we’ll take care of it and justice will be served.”
“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?” Tapper asked.
“Jake, I can only take responsibility for what I knew about. I exercised my due diligence. I’ve given amazing leadership to this agency—” Israel started.
As The Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft reported, CNN says three Broward County Sheriff’s Deputies waited outside the school during the shooting.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is currently investigating why Peterson failed to act during the shooting.
On Friday, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Brandon Huff told WSVN that Broward Sheriff resource officer, Scot Peterson, hid behind a staircase while pointing his gun at “nothing” as gunman Nikolas Cruz shot dead 17 people.
"He was pointing his gun at nothing." Student says he watched as @browardsheriff school resource officer Scot Peterson hid behind a staircase during the Stoneman Douglas shooting. @wsvn pic.twitter.com/IWRQorRrcL
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) February 23, 2018