WHEN A FAILURE TO ACT BECOMES DEADLY
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel was incredibly indignant at talk show host and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch the other night, claiming that what she was doing — suggesting people have a legal right to own guns — is making his constituents less safe.
But if he wanted to see who was making his constituents less safe, perhaps Israel should have take a look at his own police department.
As Loesch pointed out, Israel’s department reportedly received over three dozen calls about the eventual shooter Nikolas Cruz and did nothing.
Then came the news yesterday that shook me to my very core.
The school had an armed Sheriff’s deputy, Scot Peterson, at the school. Apparently, Peterson was aware gunshots were flying, and still chose to wait outside for roughly four minutes and wait for other police officers to arrive.
There are those that have said we should not be so hard on Peterson. After all, he is a human being and it is only natural that he would be scared in a situation like that. And really, how do any of us know what we would have done if we were in his shoes?
That would be an acceptable line of thinking if Peterson were the school janitor, a teacher, or the lunch lady.
But he was none of those things. He was a law enforcement officer whose entire purpose for being on that campus was to at least be prepared to act if something like this happened.
Peterson has resigned but the absolutely disgraceful repeated failures by local law enforcement here are outrageous and unacceptable.
No wonder why Israel was so hostile to Dana Loesch. He was desperately trying to cover for his own department’s shortcomings.
The FBI has gotten some blame for what happened and to their credit, they have admitted mistakes were made and vowed to learn from them. It is not pleasant, but at least they copped to their errors and are actively working to improve upon them so as to avoid another situation like this in the future.
Scott Israel decided to point a finger at others instead and only spoke up about Peterson’s incompetence after it became public and he had no choice.
Believe me when I say I take no pride in saying any of these things. I am a big supporter of law enforcement and I want all of our children safe. But when something like this happens, which leads to deaths that shouldn’t have occurred and drags down the good name of the many brave officers who actually do understand the job they are signing on for, I get very upset, and I would say understandably so.
For the good of his constituents and the children whose care he is entrusted with, let’s hope Peterson is never anywhere near a law enforcement job ever again and Israel finally stops pointing fingers and takes a long hard look in the mirror instead. Because if we are being completely honest, that look in the mirror is long overdue.