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Why Broward Sheriff Allowed Failed Cop to Get $105K Pension and Defended Obama’s Leniency “Promise” Program

Posted by FactReal on January 8, 2019

TAXPAYERS FINANCING FAILED POLICIES AND FAILED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
Via Tucker Carlson (1/4/2019): Did Parkland Cop Protect Sheriff Scott Israel’s Son?
From video:

– Did Deputy Scot Peterson, who failed to stop the Parkland school shooting in 2018, covered up an alleged sexual assault involving the son of Broward Sheriff Scott Israel?
– Sheriff Israel did not fire Deputy Scot Peterson.
– Peterson was allowed to keep his $105,000 a year pension (plus health-care benefits) paid by taxpayers…for the rest of his life!
– Obama’s “Promise” Program (a school policy to report fewer arrests, suspensions) and the Parkland school shooting.

[PROMISE Program (Preventing Recidivism through Opportunities, Mentoring, Interventions, Support, and Education).]

Via Real Clear Investigations (RCI), Fla.: The Sheriff, the Sheriff’s Son, and the ‘Coward of Broward’ (1/3/2019):

Parents of children gunned down in the Parkland school shooting in Florida last year have never understood two actions taken by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel: his refusal to fire a campus-based deputy who failed to enter the school during the rampage that took 17 lives, and his continued defense of controversial Obama-era school policies that allowed the  accused shooter, Nikolas Cruz, to avoid arrest and a police record and thereby purchase the murder weapon.

Some now think they have found the answer in a single incident that occurred in 2014. A police report shows that’s when Israel’s then-17-year-old son, Brett, was accused of participating in a sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas  High School.

The case was investigated by Scot Peterson — the armed deputy who took cover while children and staff were shot last February. Using the Obama-era guidelines, Peterson’s recommendation helped his boss’s son receive just a three-day suspension.[…]

While Israel publicly criticized Peterson for inaction during the shooting, he didn’t fire his deputy, instead letting him resign and  receive a public pension of almost $105,000 a year (not including health-care benefits). The 55-year-old Peterson will collect  monthly payments of more than $8,700 for the rest of his life.[…]

Parkland parents and their lawyers believe one reason for Sheriff Israel’s continued defense of a controversial no-arrest pact he signed with Broward County Public Schools to divert offenders from jail to counseling is that his son benefited from the  lenient policy.

The 2013 agreement, known generally as the PROMISE program, was designed to reduce school-based arrests for minor  offenses and stop the so-called “school-to-prison pipeline” disproportionately affecting minorities.

[…]

In 2013, Israel jointly developed the no-arrest PROMISE program with Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie as part of a crusade first launched in 2011 by the Obama administration to end disproportionate arrests and suspensions of minority students. It required school districts to report data on discipline disparities by race and close racial gaps in suspensions and arrests. The national policy, known as the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, was announced in July 2011 by then-Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Runcie’s former boss and longtime mentor. Three months later, on Duncan’s recommendation, Runcie was hired by the Broward school board. Records show Runcie met with Obama officials in the White House as he put the policy into practice at the largest school district in the country.

As Runcie pioneered the most lenient discipline policies in the nation, the [Obama] administration pumped millions of dollars in education grants into his district. More than 50 other large school districts adopted similar programs as the administration opened race-bias investigations and threatened funding cuts for those who failed to comply with the lower disciplinary standards.[…]

The Florida state safety commission’s draft report also revealed that the Broward district has been systematically underreporting crimes committed on campus since revising its  discipline policies, helping it appear that the PROMISE program and its required “restorative justice” counseling  sessions were  working to reduce the number of students who reoffend and control overall crime on campus.

Officials at Stoneman Douglas, for example, failed to report  dozens of instances of violence, bullying, theft, robbery and trespassing in the  2016-2017 school year, making the school look much safer than it was prior to the shooting.[…]

The sheriff even mirrored the no-arrest policy at the county jail.

In a related  program, Israel agreed to back off arrests of students who commit various crimes outside of schools, offering them civil citations and the same “restorative justice” counseling in lieu of incarceration, even for repeat offenders. Restorative justice is a controversial alternative punishment in which delinquents gather in “healing circles” with counselors – and sometimes even the victims of their crime – and  discuss their feelings and the “root causes” of their anger and actions.

Within two years of adopting the discipline reforms, Broward’s juvenile recidivism rate surged higher than the Florida state average.  The negative trends continued through 2017, the most recent juvenile  crime data show.

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