Police union votes no confidence for Florida sheriff after Parkland

Source: The Hill | April 26, 2018 | Julia Manchester

The Florida sheriff who oversaw the response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland earlier this year received a no-confidence vote from a police union on Thursday. 

The Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association voted 534-94 to express no confidence in Sheriff Scott Israel, asking Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) to remove him from office. 

“Members have displayed great courage to come out and vote under threat of retaliation and reprisal from the sheriff,” the union’s president Jeff Bell said, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Bell said the union would next request the governor to “please make change and replace the sheriff with somebody who is capable of amazing leadership.”

“Amazing leadership starts from the top, and there is no amazing leadership here. We are a ship out at sea with no power — adrift,” Bell said. 

Israel released a statement after the vote, saying the vote represents a small portion of police employees in Broward County. 

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