Florida AG Says Sheriff's Office Wasn't Honest With Her Or Governor

The Florida attorney general said that not everybody in the sheriff's office has been honest with her or the governor.

Tallahasse, FL – As 74 different Florida lawmakers called for Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel to step down from his position in the wake of his department’s bungled response to the active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Middle School on Valentine’s Day, the Florida state attorney general told FOX News that not everyone in Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) was telling the truth.

“I don’t think some people were honest, and we’re going to investigate this situation in Florida and the right thing will be done,” Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said an interview on Monday morning.

Bondi said that Florida Governor Rick Scott was not one of the lawmakers calling for Sheriff Israel to resign, but that he wanted a full investigation into what happened when a former student murdered 17 students and faculty, and wounded 14 more, in a rampage on Feb. 14.

She said that some members of BCSO “weren’t honest with me, nor were they honest with the governor.”

“I know a lot more than you all do now, so all I’m going to say is, yes, I believe there needs to be a full investigation,” Bondi said.

The attorney general was asked why anyone would have lied to those investigating the incident.

“If they were there and didn’t want people to know they were there, then that would be it,” Bondi said.

On Thursday, Sheriff Israel announced that the school resource officer who had been present at the high school when the massacre began had stayed outside, and taken cover, rather than running into the school to confront the shooter.

BCSO Deputy Scot Peterson, a 26-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, resigned the next day.

But it turned out he was not the only Broward County deputy who hadn’t run to help students upon arrival at the high school.

CNN reported Friday that sources in the Coral Springs police department said that three other Broward County deputies were present and hiding behind their cars outside when they arrived on the scene.

Coral Springs deputies, along with a Sunrise police officer, and some BCSO deputies who arrived after Coral Springs police, raced into the building to try and stop any more carnage, while the four deputies who were already there remained outside, behind cover, CNN reported.

Bondi wouldn’t comment on rumors that there had been a stand-down order issues to BCSO deputies that kept them outside the school.

“Let me put it this way, when you have a school full of students, and your duty is to protect your students … your job is to protect those students. That’s what you sign up for,” Bondi said.

Former Deputy Peterson released a statement through his attorney on Friday in which he defended his actions on the day of the shooting, and said he’d followed department policy during the incident because he believed the shooter was outside the school building.

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Ande24392
Ande24392

I am dismayed at your response. If the Governor decides to listen to the 74 "armchair" State Representatives, does this mean that they have no basis for their armchair decision/recommendation? WOW.

Katarina
Katarina

Exactly, ForestJohn. The Sheriff has been quick to point his finger at everyone but himself. Now we start to see there are three fingers pointing back at him. Also, Sheriff was following policy set by our last President to lower crime rate statistics. Just don't arrest them! Crime wasn't going down, but it looked better on paper.

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

No one seeing the video besides Israel and his ilk, I hold my judgement until I see the video, hear the radio traffic, and see the statements of the other deputies near Peterson. Rush to judgment without knowing the facts is something our last president did...

rds40
rds40

They used the term repedidly the past few days. I thought he was a reserve officer which apparently isn't the case.

b1rd
b1rd

I can hardly wait to see the results of the investigation.