FL Lawmaker Calls on Gov. Scott to Remove Broward Sheriff for 'Incompetence'
A Florida state lawmaker called on Gov. Rick Scott (R) to remove Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel from office for "incompetence" after the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
State Rep. Matt Caldwell (R), along with more than 70 state legislators, want Israel to be suspended in light of reports that the sheriff's office missed clear warning signs about the shooter and Israel's deputies failed to act at the scene.
"The governor has the power to remove people for incompetence," he said. "You don’t even have to commit a crime. The Constitution actually gives a very wide discretion to evaluate county and city officials and if they’re just simply incompetent at their job, he can simply suspend them and remove them."
On Monday, President Trump singled out Deputy Scot Peterson, who was on the campus of the Parkland, Florida, high school as the shooting was occurring, but failed to enter the school.
"He wasn't a brave guy under pressure. He choked. A lot of people choked," Trump said, deriding the deputies as "[not] exactly Medal of Honor winners."
Peterson resigned last week after being notified that his actions were under internal investigation. According to a CNN report, officers from the Coral Springs Police Department were upset after responding to the scene and finding three more Broward sheriff's deputies who had not entered the school.
Brian Kilmeade said he wants to know whether a "stand down" or other similar order was given to the deputies. Caldwell said he's also bothered by new reports that EMS personnel waited outside the school, contrary to policy.
Caldwell said state lawmakers will issue subpoenas to get to the bottom of what happened.
Watch his remarks above.