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Deputy union claims 'no confidence' in Broward County sheriff

May 23 2018, 01:19 | Irvin Gilbert

The International Union of Police Association votes no confidence for BSO Sheriff

The Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association on Thursday announced a vote of

Broward County sheriff's deputies took a largely symbolic vote of no confidence against embattled Sheriff Scott Israel, but their leader says he plans to press the issue with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to reconsider the sheriff's position. "The largest union of this agency staunchly supports us", said Sheriff Israel who spoke before the the vote results were released.

The Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association initiated the vote last Friday, citing crushed morale amid national criticism of how the agency handled its response to the February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Union President Jeff Bell applauded the decision, saying "amazing leadership starts from the top, and there is no wonderful 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".

In his statement, Israel repeated a sentiment he expressed while to reporters shortly before the results of the vote were announced, which is that the vote was "designed to extort a 6.5 percent pay raise from this agency". Scott in his seven years in office has only suspended elected officials if they have been charged with a crime and rejected calls from some legislators to suspend Israel after the shooting.

"Those who purportedly voted in this straw ballot reflect only a small number of the 5,400 BSO employees", Israel said. Rick Scott to replace the sheriff "with somebody who is capable of incredible leadership". Bell said the turnout was higher than expected even though "union members felt intimidated to vote".

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Israel said in a statement that he was accountable only to the citizens of the county. "This has never been about a contract, this has been about his longstanding bad policies, his failure of leadership", said Bell.

Another union, the Federation of Public Employees, last week wrote a letter to support Israel on behalf of the 2,500 BSO employees it represents. Israel said shortly after the shooting that Peterson should have rushed into the building to confront and kill Cruz.

President Jeff Bell mocked Israel during a Thursday press conference, repeatedly using the same "amazing leadership" phrase that Israel used in a television interview days after the shooting to describe his handling of the shooting.

Due to a plethora of seemingly missed flags and missteps by law enforcement, the governor ordered the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate authorities' response to Parkland. "Once that investigation is complete, and we have all the facts, the appropriate steps will be taken to hold people accountable".



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