Broward Sheriff Candidate Scott Israel: "I Have a Pristine Record"

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What's your view of the sheriff himself as a liaison to the public and the media?

If something is truly a public record, there will be no roadblocks. I'm not hiding anything. I will be visible and available. I'm a leader, not a manager.

Your campaign got some flak in the 11th hour in 2008 because of some controversial fliers, including one showing black candidate Wiley Thompson in a bow tie (something this paper called "a brilliant attempt to suggest Uncle Tom sellout to black voters and black Muslim to paranoid white voters").


I have no knowledge of any kind of publications that went out about that.

You also hired a "ruthless" campaign adviser, Judy Stern, who was extremely well-connected locally.

Judy did a fantastic job running the campaign last time. We won the Democratic primary and lost the general election by a very small margin. She's not running my campaign this time.

Why do you think Lamberti pulled ahead by that small margin?


I'm being told by a lot of political pundits that it was Scott Rothstein's money.

During the last campaign, allegations surfaced that you had shoplifted [cologne at the Galleria Mall] while on duty and that the internal affairs investigation records were subsequently lost. Care to address that?


The shoplifting allegations are an absolute lie. Fiction. Aladdin's magic lamp. Never happened. It's preposterous. I never shoplifted anything in my life.

And the internal affairs investigation? [Here, Israel addresses different IA investigations, concerning use of force, not the shoplifting.]

I became a cop in 1979, and in 2004, I retired from Fort Lauderdale. The department estimated that I made approximately 1,500 arrests. Of those, four white men came in and made complaints of excessive force. In all those cases, my partners and I absolutely used force. It was legal, and it was justifiable. The way I explain it, is some people don't want to go to jail. Each complaint was not sustained.

And the shoplifting investigation?

Florida State Statutes direct internal affairs units to purge complaints made against police officers if they are not sustained. They purged my files. [An earlier Sun-Sentinel report on the charges said that "state and city law dictate the records be kept 50 years past the termination of employment. Police spokesman Sgt. Frank Sousa said... that the current administration has not purged any officers' records."]

More recently, we've given Lamberti some heat for contracting with the producers of the TV show Police Women of Broward County. Would you allow that show to continue?

Absolutely not. It's demoralizing to see that we would be making arrests and what have you with self-promotion in mind. There are allegations as to who was paying [the policewomen] while they were performing their duties. A lot of issues. Police departments exist for two reasons: to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life. Would I cancel the contract? Absolutely.

You don't need to go out and have "bagels with the sheriff." You have to be walking the walk, doing your job.

What are your thoughts on the BSO's weeks-long investigation of the TSA officer who took Rick Case's pen? Was that appropriate?

Would John Doe have been treated the same way [as Case, the victim in that investigation]? One would have to come to the conclusion that he would not. It's never been done before.

Anything else you'd like to add?

Anything you're hearing about me and would like to ask, ask me. I have a pristine record.

Will do.


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Get Medical Records
Get Medical Records

Dismantle this empire sometimes referred to as BSO. Even larger seriously isn't superior. Almost any customer with the company includes some sort of cravings for food intended for electric power. Uncover everyone another person who's going to be prepared break through in place of which behemoth bureau in addition to he/she obtains the election.

Chuckie
Chuckie

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go back to school  

Loki Luck III
Loki Luck III

I do recall Mr. Israel being a member of Homeland Security during his 2008 campaign.  Does it conflict with the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution?  In good faith, the Sheriff's most powerful elected servant within our Local Government.  Please verify Federalist Papers #46 authored by James Madison, and it's self explanatory.

MDCP
MDCP

This is typcial Scott Israel making statements and using words he doesn't know the meaning of to try and impress people, which he does not.    Someone should tell him the word "pristine" has absolutely nothing to do with his horrible reputation or record.  It means original or earliest...  Do we have another Dan Quayle on our hands that couldn't spell the word potato....  These Republicans never quit...  Sheriff!!!! Not a chance..    

FQS9000
FQS9000

Sounds like a typical politician trashing his rival.  BFD.  Change 'em all out at the end of every term.

Teetz
Teetz

I have met him many times too.  The guy is shady and a compulsive liar.  He has no record.  He should be made to prove everything that comes out of his mouth.  Democrat of the Year??  Where and When???  Chief of the Year what a joke.  He put himself in for the award.  I worked in Miami-Dade County when he was there and nobody liked him.  Scammer to the fullest entext.....  Caring?? Cares only about himself.  Definitely not Sheriff material and definietly not qualified.  He has been out of police work for years.  

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Dismantle the empire aka BSO.  Bigger is not better. Any candidate for the office possesses a hunger for power. Find me someone who is willing to bust up that behemoth agency and he/she gets my vote.

Obermann
Obermann

Maybe we should ask Scott Rothstein if Al Lamberti should continue to be our sheriff.  Seems he is telling the truth these days. The bottom line is everyone from Chief Judge Vic Tobin to the BOVA waitstaff knew that Rothstein was up to no good, so how can we support anyone who was part of SR's circle  to represent our county, let alone law enforcement?   And a even bigger thing is that Lamberti refuses to address the mess he has with his command staff. That's amazing, really.  When Rothstein goes on record to talk about bribes to law enforcement,  no doubt Dave Benjamin is going to be front and center.  And we've all seen Tom Wheeler on the private jet with SR, in the midst of the ponzi scheme.   There's just no excuse for the citizens of Broward County to be supporting  salaries  and benefits to  Benjamin, Wheeler, Santucci, etc. If Lamberti just ignores these issues there is only one thing citizens can do...that's vote him out. The Roger's incident needs to be investigated - why hasn't Lamberti demanded that be done?  These are issues that I don't think will just go away with time.  They were so egregious.

Granteed has been in the news in not such a good light recently (at the Cheetah strip club, allegations that sexual harassment charges costing taxpayers (again) a big payoff). Please ask Granteed about those issues in your interview. 

And why won't our sheriff come forward and talk?  He has a responbility here, I think.  It just stinks.  And the  last person who should be speaking for our sheriff or  anyone is Sousa.  He's an old friend of Ryan LeVin's, isn't he? 

Guest
Guest

I've met Scott Israel many times.  He strikes me as bright, capable, caring and an all around decent guy.  He'll make a great Sheriff.  

Solgreenberg
Solgreenberg

I think you need to get Lamberti on an interview and ask him why the taxpayers are still paying Benjamin and Wheeler's paychecks?  These guys have been proven, by association if nothing else, to have been on the take with Rothstein (trips, gifts, etc). Why are they still on the payroll?   What about Art Santucci and his illegal antics?  Major Larry Rogers and his son's cover-up?  Can the BSO just continue to ignore the fact that people want answers and accountability on these crimes.    I did read the book and the new one about a look at Broward County't most corrupt couple and I think the citizens of Broward County have to put these people who have misused their power on the street.  We need leaders and there is no better to do a clean sweep. 

Curiousss
Curiousss

There are a number of capable people who would fill the position adequately. I don't believe Israel is one of them. They need a major change over there and would benefit by bringing in an outsider with a trusted team of executive managers. Someone with a proven record of management experience with a very large law enforcement organization.

Hocbam
Hocbam

" I have a pristine record." Means ...Pure and  uncorrupted!!!

Chuckie
Chuckie

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Grimmjohnny9
Grimmjohnny9

He got chief of the year from the PBA, then helped the FOP take over and agency NBVPD. That in and of itself shows what a two faced pile of garbage he is.

Stefan Kamph
Stefan Kamph

 We've reached out to Lamberti's campaign for an interview, but so far have only spoken to Louis Granteed (coming Wednesday morning) and Israel. This kicks off continuing coverage we'll have of the issues in the sheriff's race.

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