CNN Grills Sheriff on Responsibility for 'Red Flags' — Sheriff Says He's Given 'Amazing Leadership'

| FEB 25, 2018 | 3:58 PM

On Sunday, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel appeared on CNN's “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper and was grilled on whether or not he would take responsibility for the numerous times “red flags” appeared with no action taken on the shooter before the tragedy happened.

Tapper asked Israel about a tip that was received in November about the shooter, and he responded by saying that a deputy involved has been placed on restricted duty and that they were looking into what happened.

“Deputies make mistakes, police officers make mistakes, we all make mistakes,” Israel said. “But it's not the responsibility of the general or the president if you have a deserter.”

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Then Tapper put the pressure on him, asking, "Are you really not taking any responsibility for the multiple red flags that were brought to the attention of the Broward Sheriff's Office about this shooter before the incident, whether it was people near him, close to him, calling the police on him?”

Israel responded:

"Jake, I can only take responsibility for what I knew about. I exercised my due diligence.

I've given amazing leadership to this agency."

Tapper jumped back in questioning him, “Amazing leadership?”

Israel doubled down:

“Yes, Jake, there's a lot of things we've done throughout this. You don't measure a person's leadership by a deputy not going into a — these deputies received the training...”

Tapper jumped in:

"Maybe you measure somebody's leadership by whether or not they protect the community. In this case, you've listed 23 incidents before the shooting involving the shooter, and still nothing was done to keep guns out of his hands, to make sure the school was protected, to make sure you were keeping an eye on him.

I don't understand how you can sit there and claim amazing leadership."

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