For decades, the American trope of a bumbling and ineffective police officer was merely a visage of the classic Jim Nabors character Gomer Pyle, who would famously have to ask his chief if he was allowed to even carry his own gun.
Now, however, it seems that a new level of ineptitude has reared its ugly head in 2018, and the worst part is that it isn’t even fictional.
I’m speaking, of course, about the wholly incapable Sheriffs of Broward County, Florida, who are responsible, if not culpable for the deaths of 16 students and a coach at Stoneman Douglas High School in the city of Parkland back in February.
Not only did the Sheriff’s department participate in a controversial and misused program that created an incentive for the school to allow criminal students to walk free, but their previous interactions with the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, were wholly ineffective and suspect.
On top of all of that, video was released recently that showed Sheriff’s deputies waiting outside of the school where Cruz was slaughtering innocent children, cowering in fear.
And, as if we didn’t have enough reason to doubt that the Broward County Sheriff’s Department was a competent organization, another bit of corruption is surfacing today that pretty much seals the deal.
It’s kind of an amazing thing that three months after the Parkland school shooting, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is not only still a gainfully employed man, but he holds the same position he did when the shooting occurred.
Now comes news that the disgraced school resource officer who refused to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the shooting may have covered up an alleged sexual assault by Israel’s son during a bullying incident at the same school where the shooting happened.
According to a report by WPLG in Miami, parents are calling for an investigation into an incident four years ago where Deputy Scot Peterson may have altered a report involving one of Israel’s children so that no legal action was taken.
Peterson, you may remember, was heavily criticized by Israel but not fired for staying outside the school while students were being killed. Instead, he was allowed to resign, entitling him to a six-figure public pension.
Just how bad was it? Bad.
“The case involved two 17-year-old students bullying a 14-year-old freshman, with one holding down the younger boy by his ankles while the other kicked the victim, grabbed his genitals and then took the victim’s own baseball bat and began shoving it against his buttocks, simulating rape, through the boy’s clothes,” WPLG reported.
“One of those assailants, the boy who allegedly held down the victim, was Israel’s son, Brett. Defense attorney Alex Arreaza, who represents shooting victim Anthony Borges, who was shot five times in the Valentine’s Day massacre but survived, said the case could have led to felony charges,” the outlet continued.
All I know is that, if I ever visit Parkland, Florida, I fully expect Scot Israel to be dropping fries at whichever Whataburger I choose to visit.