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Under Pressure, Florida Sheriff Defends ‘Amazing Leadership’


Facing mounting questions on Sunday over how his officers handled a mass shooting in a high school, Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County, Fla., defended his actions as “amazing leadership.”

Sheriff Israel, a Democrat in an elected post, said he would not resign over the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, which left 17 people dead. His current term runs through 2020. On Saturday, a Republican state lawmaker called on Gov. Rick Scott, also a Republican, to remove the sheriff from office.

In a tense interview on CNN on Sunday, Sheriff Israel said he should not be held responsible for the armed deputy assigned to the school, who failed to enter the building while the shooting was in progress on Feb. 14.

Read more at the New York Times