Broward County sheriff dept had the nerve to get involved with March for Our Lives and it was a big mistake

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The Broward County Sheriff’s Department attempted to join in and be relevant as March For Our Lives protests unfolded in cities across the nation.

Unfortunately, at the Florida county where last month’s mass school shooting took place – and lead to the protests – the sheriff’s department won the irony award of the day.

One has to wonder who is in charge of PR at the agency which has been the target of backlash since the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Law enforcement, FBI and other government agencies had failed to follow through on repeated red flags about the 19-year-old gunman, Nikolas Cruz, who easily entered the school and began firing at students and staff, killing 17 people before eventually being arrested nearby.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and his agency have been under intense scrutiny and media attention following the Parkland tragedy. A crisis management firm was even hired last week by supporters of the law enforcement official in order to help him cope, Miami Herald reported.

(Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images for Habitat for Humanity of Broward)

The Department has come under fire for its handling of the shooting, especially after video footage showed a deputy assigned to the school had waited outside the building during the shooting and had failed to try and stop Cruz.  Questions have also been asked about why other deputies waited several minutes to storm the building.

Last week, it was announced that a Broward deputy was suspended after he was found sleeping in his patrol car at the school instead of guarding the building.

The irony of the tweet from the Broward County Sheriff’s Department during the March For Our Lives protest ignited a virtual – and almost universal – face palm on Twitter.

 

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