Deerfield-News.com-Deerfield Beach, Fl- The Sun-Sentinel has reversed course in a recent Op/Ed and seeks Sheriff Scott Israel’s removal from office. As controversial as a newly elected Republican Governor removing a Sheriff elected in a heavily Democratic county is, the Sentinel now supports that. “[A] community of our size is going to face another tragedy,” the editors conclude. “It’s just a matter of where and when. And if we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. Given Sheriff Israel’s failure to learn from history — and his failures during our community’s most horrific events — we now stand with those who believe he should be removed and replaced.”We’ve suggested all along that people hold their fire until more details are known,” they write. “But after seeing the damning details in the commission’s draft report — and Israel’s troubling testimony — we cannot encourage the governor-elect to wait and let voters decide the sheriff’s fate in 2020.”
Removal from office of a duly elected official by a Governor is a serious matter, Israel has failed the county on the two biggest days we needed our Sheriff the airport shooting and the tragedy at MSD. For those reasons, we concur with the Sun-Sentinel removing Sheriff Israel from office is the best thing for Broward County.