Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the response to the Parkland school massacre, as questions mounted over the Broward Sheriff’s Office’s handling of the shooting.
The announcement came just hours after Broward Sheriff Scott Israel appeared on CNN and refused any blame for his agency’s missteps and touted his own “amazing leadership.”
The governor’s office said the investigation will begin immediately in a statement released Sunday . It did not specifically name any law enforcement agencies. Butinvestigation the Sheriff’s Office was the lead agency on the scene and criticism has swirled about how it handled the first few minutes after a former student at the school opened fire in a hallway . . .
Appearing Sunday morning on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper, the sheriff said his agency was still investigating how multiple warnings about shooter Nikolas Cruz were missed and whether additional sheriff’s deputies failed to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School immediately when they arrived . . .
“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. We’ll look into this. We’re looking into this aggressively, and we’ll take care of it, and justice will be served.” (Read more from “Florida Sheriff Refuses to Resign After School Massacre” HERE)