Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who faced criticism over his department's response to the deadly Parkland, Florida, school shooting last year, was officially suspended by new Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday. "Sheriff Israel has repeatedly failed and has demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership," DeSantis said in a statement.
"He failed to protect Floridians and visitors during the tragic Fort Lauderdale International Airport shooting in 2017. He failed in his duties to keep our families and children safe during the devastating shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb.14, 2018," the statement read. "These incidents demonstrate Sheriff Israel's repeated incompetence and neglect of duty. The families of the victims deserve accountability. It is my job as governor to ensure that the safety of our local communities, especially the safety of our children, is paramount. Government officials must be held accountable for their actions, and/or inactions. "For these reasons, I am suspending Sheriff Israel from office effective immediately."
DeSantis later tweeted that he was suspending Israel for "his repeated failures, incompetence and neglect of duty."
Fox News Radio's Guy Benson & Marie Harf got reaction from School Safety Advocate & Director of High School Outreach for Turning Point USA Kyle Kashuv, who attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the 2018 mass shooting.
Marie Harf: [00:00:12] Welcome back to events and Harf. We are happy you are joining us tonight. It is day 26 of the shutdown as we keep saying that guy and I are here we keep coming to work. So we are happy that you are tuning in as well. We are grateful to be joined in studio right now by someone you all have heard from before we've had him on the show before but he's in Washington and made some time to come on Bensen Harf Kyle Kashuv. He's a school safety advocate director of High School Outreach for Turning Point USA of course. For those of you who are familiar with Kyle he attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that was the scene of the tragic shooting that we have talked about on this show a number of times so Kyle thank you for joining us tonight. We are happy that you are in studio with us.
Guy Benson: [00:00:56] So Kyle talk about the latest developments out of Florida. I know you've been focusing on school safety you and your classmates across the spectrum have been pretty critical of the way this was handled the response to it from the superintendent of schools to the sheriff's office in particular. What's the latest on that because the sheriff was going to be suspended and then that was somehow in doubt. Update us if you will.
Kyle Kashuv: [00:01:18] For those who may not know there was an initial miscommunication I believe but then it got re clarified and the sheriff was suspended a few days ago by Governor Ron Santos and he was replaced by another sheriff. As for right now I came in here and I want to detail all of the failures of the sheriff because this goes way before even Stoneman Douglas so for those of you don't know a year ago there was a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale Airport and there were a count there were so many failures there that should have been learned from that would have prevented partially what happened to my school. So I printed out there's a Sun-Sentinel report. So here's what happened after the shooting at Douglas the Sun-Sentinel defended the sheriff. Sheriff Israel sheriff Sheriff Israel. So they defended him in February and then they defended him again in April and the editorial now came out against him saying for his termination. So the report they came out.
Guy Benson: [00:02:17] The same paper. Yes. Had defended him and now they're saying he should be out
Kyle Kashuv: [00:02:28] Quite that's quite big that an added paper will call for the termination of an official like that. So what happened at the shooting was that there was there was a lot of lack of leadership that that that allowed for the shooting at the airport to occur. So what happened at Douglas was this at the shoot at the school what happened was the deputies from so didn't act and they were hiding behind trees cars and walls and they failed to pursue the shooter because Sheriff or himself changed the terminology from where previously they had to enter. So I think it was May or can. So he changed the terminology which then permitted.
Guy Benson: [00:03:14] So the law enforcement directive had been changed.
Kyle Kashuv: [00:03:16] He personally changed it. So then they didn't have to ask what they did and said was that they were. I call them the cowards of Broward for a reason they fail to act and do their job. What actually happened was that the Coral Springs deputies which weren't even delegated to that area came in and went and ran past the parkland deputies and went inside the building. And then right after that the same sheriff whose deputies didnt act took credit for the Coral Springs deputies. So there a bunch of other things. So there was an issue. So it was right after that not only he didn't accept responsibility in the airport the sheriff and he didn't accept responsibility what happened at Parkland in addition so yes the exact terminology is the sheriff had changed the active shooter policy to say deputies may and not shall which then gave them the permission not to enter. So and then. So there was an amnesty commission which the Amnesty Commission for those you don't know after the shooting a came to Margerie Stoneman Douglas commission. It came together to see what happened what were the failures that allowed this to occur. You've got top experts you have some of the parents and they actually they actually interviewed the sheriff and then so so here goes the report quote when asked about the active shooter training so deputies receive. Israel said quote "We put them through active killer training every three years. That's totally sufficient. We train well". But what actually the commission says that some deputies didn't remember having active shooter training in 10 to 20 years while the Coral Springs deputies had active shooter training every year.
Marie Harf: [00:04:57] So Kyle you support what Governor DeSantis has done you believe new leadership is needed and this is part of your broader work advocating for school safety which is something you've really taken on. I know you spoke at Turning Point USA's conference that in Florida which as you were there to so the area and Guy said it was a really fascinating speech and presentation that you gave.
Guy Benson: [00:05:18] It seems like you and your your classmate Cameron Caskey who's been on this show. He was famously part of the March for Our Lives. You were not he was more on the left you're more on the right. You seemed to have sort of had something of a come to Jesus moment together to move forward like so what's the bipartisanship that.
Kyle Kashuv: [00:05:34] We've grown close and we've seen that we've been able to talk with each other and come to the point of view where we say look there are certain things that we disagree on how to get to the solution. We disagree on the solutions themselves but we do at the end don't want to see this ever to occur. We don't want to see ever to occur again. So while we disagree on policy we agree on the same end goal and we realize that there are so many things that we agree upon that we can do immediately to instill that will say that will protect our schools right here so we have the individual policies that can be pushed by a single party themselves have a minuscule effect than what can be done by both parties. What both parties can do will have a massive effect. What each party individually can do will have little to no effect.
Marie Harf: [00:06:20] What are some of those things that both parties could do.
Kyle Kashuv: [00:06:23] I think we have a right that we should ensure that those who are mentally ill and who are mentally ill who shouldn't be mentally fit to have a gun shouldn't have a gun. We both agree on hardening schools. We both agree. Look at the end of the day. We don't want to see this happening ever again. We want to make sure that our kids are protected. We can work on mental health we can work on security we can work on accountability. We basically a big issue here is that if if what happens if the sheriff had been replaced after the airport shooting in Fort Lauderdale we would have had a competent sheriff who could do his job right.
Marie Harf: [00:06:59] If there's been more accountability.
Kyle Kashuv: [00:07:00] This should be bipartisan making sure government leaders are held accountable I don't care if you're Republican or Democrat and I do a poor job you shouldn't be that position
Guy Benson: [00:07:07] I just want to say this because we're up on a break. I'm really glad that you and Cameron have taken a step back and re-evaluate said let's pursue this constructive path together because things can get partisan you guys got swept up into a national scene that you were I mean who could ever be ready for that at age 16.
Kyle Kashuv: [00:07:24] And looking back looking back now I've came to the realization that we have to take a pragmatic approach to school safety.
Guy Benson: [00:07:32] We love it. And we thank you for coming in here. And we will talk to you again soon. Kyle. Thank you for your time. Thank you. We'll be right back after this. You're listening to Bensen in our.