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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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200 New Red-Light Cameras for Miami; 100 for Broward

Posted by FactReal on September 9, 2011

BIG BROTHER GROWS
The Sun Sentinel reported on Wednesday:
  The number of red-light cameras in South Florida is about to expand exponentially.

Broward is poised to triple its total, adding 100 more of the electronic eyes, and giving out even more tickets to drivers who run red lights. Palm Beach County will add about 75 to its arsenal of 25. And Miami-Dade County will also triple its number to 200 more cameras.

The company that dominates the red-light camera business in Florida and across the country, American Traffic Solutions Inc. (ATS), is waiting for cities in all three counties to give the go-ahead for more, a proliferation expected to occur over the next year.

The first step comes later this month, when the Broward County Commission votes on ATS’s request to let it tap directly into the county’s traffic signal system, improving the accuracy and catching more red-light runners.

Then, the expansion and the signal tie-in would begin across the county.

One possible obstacle: Broward commissioners say that if the company is going to get access to the signals, the county should get a cut of the money they make, or at least a robust annual fee. […]

Ten of Broward’s 31 cities have red-light cameras or will have them soon. An 11th city is voting this month on a contract. There are no cameras in unincorporated Broward, but the county owns the signal system, operates and maintains it. […]

City officials in South Florida have had a love-hate relationship with the cameras.

Judges dropped many of the tickets that drivers challenged. Cities had to take officers off the streets to review video tapes for the citations. Costs were unexpectedly high; the return was unexpectedly low.

A few cities considered ditching their cameras; Hialeah did it in June.

ATS regional director in Florida Michael McAllister said those troubles are largely in the past.

The company won a big legal victory just a few weeks ago when Judge Steven P. DeLuca, the head Broward judge hearing drivers’ challenges, ruled that the camera tickets don’t violate drivers’ constitutional rights.

The locations for the 100 additional cameras in Broward aren’t determined yet, McAllister said.

The 50 existing cameras are watching intersections in Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, Davie, Margate, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach and Hollywood. Plantation and Tamarac have contracts but no cameras yet. West Park is considering cameras, with votes scheduled this month. Coral Springs has cameras with another company.

In Miami-Dade, 21 cities have them, including the city of Miami, which is set for a major expansion… In Palm Beach County, ATS cameras are watching drivers in Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, Juno Beach and Palm Springs.

 
 
RELATED
Red-Light Cameras: Locations, News, Laws, Opponents…
 
 

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RED-LIGHT CAMERAS Generate Little Revenue for Fort Lauderdale

Posted by FactReal on February 17, 2011

NO CASH COW AFTER ALL. TIME TO CUT GOV’T SPENDING.
Sun Sentinel reports:
  FORT LAUDERDALE — Traffic tickets from red-light cameras may be more work than they’re worth for the city — and officials may have to re-balance the budget because of it.

The city expected to nail almost 250 people a day for running red lights and collect $3 million in fines a year. The reality is about 15 drivers a day are being cited. Fort Lauderdale may end up with barely $500,000 in revenue.

City commissioners are disturbed that the cameras have not lived up to expectations and are proving to be a time-consuming burden to the Police Department. The expected $3 million in fines helped balance this year’s budget without a tax increase or any employee layoffs, and commissioners want regular updates now to see if they must adjust their spending.

 
RELATED
Rear-end collisions jump at red-light camera intersections in West Palm Beach
RED LIGHT CAMERAS: Locations, News, Laws, Opponents

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MIAMI-DADE RED LIGHT CAMERAS: Locations, News, Laws, Opponents…

Posted by FactReal on January 6, 2011

RED-LIGHT CAMERAS: BIG BROTHER, SAFETY MEASURE, OR MONEY GRAB?

Red Light Cameras in Collier County, FL.


South Florida politicians are rapidly approving the installation of red-light cameras at traffic lights.  They claim it is to make the streets safer. Owners of vehicles caught on camera running red lights will be fined. Many Americans see the red-light cameras as a money grab scheme by government officials to make up for high budget deficits and falling property-tax revenues. There is also the concern of Big Brother’s power grab.

RED LIGHT CAMERA LOCATIONS
Miami-Dade County and here.
City of Miami, MAP (Spanish)
Doral
Broward, MAP
Ft. Lauderdale
Naples (MAP)

COST
Miami-Dade plans to install more red light cameras at a cost of $25 million. Robert Williams from the Miami-Dade Public Works Department said that “an area the size of the county should warrant cameras at about 250 signal approaches in unincorporated locations, each costing $70,000 to $100,000.”

Who will benefit?
According to Miami Today News, “a contract is struck with a [camera] system vendor, in which the vendor will absorb all associated costs. The county plans to take this approach, eliminating all up-front expenses”, but according to the new state law “Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act” of the $158 fine, “the county would retain $75, with $70 to the state general fund, $10 to trauma centers and $3 to the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Miami-Dade would use its receipts to cover installation costs, Mr. Williams said.”

Camera Vendor: American Traffic Solutions (ATS)

LAWS & GUIDES
State Law:
– 4/23/2010: On a 77-33 vote, the Florida House passed the authorization bill HB325, the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, authorizing the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, a county, or a municipality to use a traffic infraction detector (a.k.a. red light camera) to identify a motor vehicle that fails to stop at a traffic control signal steady red light.

Check how your Florida Representatives voted.

– 5/13/2010: RINO Governor Charlie Crist signed the bill legalizing red light cameras in Florida
– 5/13/2010: HB325 became Florida Law, Chapter 2010-80 which amended these Florida Statutes:
316 (State Uniform Traffic Control), 318 (Disposition of Traffic Infractions),
321 (Highway Patrol), 322 (Drivers’ Licenses).

Local Laws and Guides:
City of Miami regulation
Hialeah Red Light Guideline (“Red Means Stop”)
Surfside Red Light Guideline
Ft. Lauderdale Guide

OPPONENTS
Reasons To Oppose Red-Light Cameras
Red Light Camera Companies Exploit Victims to Push Florida Law
PhotoEnforced.com
National Motorists Association
Red-light cameras are unfair (12/24/2010):

“Ted Hollander, a lawyer and part-owner of The Ticket Clinic who has offices in those cities, and said he has seen increased business since the red-light programs started. But he called the red-light cameras “totally unfair.”

“In my opinion, the law violates many parts of our constitution,” Hollander said. “The way it is set up between the camera company and the city, in my opinion, it is illegal.”

He said the red-light cameras violate the equal protection that is guaranteed by the constitution. “The notice given to those who receive a ticket is inadequate, and the contract that the cities have entered into with the camera company violates the [state] red-light camera law,” he said.”

STUDIES: Red-light cameras increase accidents
Fact Sheet: Red-Light Cameras
Cities shortened yellow light times to increase ticket camera profits
County shortened the timing of yellow lights in order to issue more tickets…and make more money
Stop Short Yellow Lights

NOTES TO PONDER
– Are politicians depending solely on research prepared by red light camera vendors or government contractors interested in justifying camera-based traffic enforcement?
– If the camera enforcement is not about money, shouldn’t the penalty be community service, etc.?

NEWS: (Updated by FactReal on July 13, 2011)
Red-Light Camera Ticketed Funeral Procession in Miami (7/6/2011)
Red Light Cameras Actually Cause Accidents (Video) (6/29/2011)
Little Revenue generated by red-light cameras in Fort Lauderdale (2/16/2011)
Challenges to the Red light cameras law (11/30/2010)
Rear-end collisions jump at red-light camera intersections in West Palm Beach (8/17/2010)
Pressure building over red-light cameras (8/17/2010)
Red-light cameras and short yellow-lights = increased rear-end collisions (5/27/2010)
Judge voids Aventura red light camera use (2/23/2010)

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