Gov. DeSantis says law enforcement must be held accountable in school shootings

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The Governor drew parallels between Uvalde and the 2018 school shooting in Parkland.

In comparing the apparent failures of law enforcement in Uvalde, Texas, to stop a recent school shooter with the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed accountability of law enforcement and schools.

DeSantis, asked at an Orlando news conference about his thoughts on the Uvalde mass shooting last week that killed 19 young children and two teachers, said a lesson from the 2018 school shooting in Parkland was that law enforcement must be held to high standards and must be held accountable to those standards.

“We’re going to figure out definitively what happened with this response or non-response,” DeSantis said.

“I met with Parkland families. I can tell you one of things they were frustrated about was there was not an adequate effort to rescue their kids,” the Governor said.

In that February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, 14 students and three staff members were murdered. Investigations found that Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, who was serving as the school resource officer on the day of the shooting, failed to confront the shooter. Investigations found several other Broward deputies also did not urgently enter the building.

Last week in Uvalde, nearly 20 officers reportedly stood for about 45 minutes in the hallway outside the adjoining classrooms where the gunman killed students and teachers.

“The shooter didn’t meet the quick resistance that he should have met,” DeSantis said of Parkland. “You had a lot of folks that could have been held responsible and nobody had been held responsible. So when I came in we decided to do something about that.”

DeSantis, who took office in January 2019, suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel that same month. Israel was removed from office by a vote of the Senate in October of that year.

“I honor the service of people who wear the uniform. Their duty is to put themselves in harm’s way. And that’s not an easy thing to do. You’ve got to be willing to step up. And when those times call, and they’re not easy, you have to be able to respond, particularly when you’ve got people who aren’t able to defend themselves,” DeSantis said.

“So what we did in Parkland was say we’re going to hold law enforcement accountable as well,” he added. “And that’s the thing. You can have the best security in the world. But if you don’t have folks that are out there when it really counts, which very well may have happened in Texas, then it’s not going to amount as much.”

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


8 comments

  • martin

    June 3, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    a question on the screening application: do you move towards the sound of the gun shots, or do you simply stand where you are and pee in your pants.

    and before anyone wants to flame me; former combat vet. Trained to move towards the gun fire.
    It is obvious that todays cops are not firefighters or combat personnel. They are simply around to collect their pension and move on.

  • Don’t Look Up

    June 3, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    So basically DeSantis is admitting two things:

    1. Law enforcement fear AR-15 assault weapons.

    2. Good guys with guns are nonexistent.

    • Gonna be good

      June 3, 2022 at 2:31 pm

      Hope the next shooting happens at his house lol

      • Charlotte Greenbarg

        June 4, 2022 at 8:03 am

        You need to be Baker Acted. Only a nut case would say something like that

  • Tinesely

    June 3, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    the donut eating cops were too busy handcuffing parents who were petrified about what was happening to their children. Once again, we witnessed cops cowering in the corners, wetting their pants, pretending not to know what was going on directly in front of them.

    Gov. Desantis is 100% correct. Either do the job they are trained and paid to do, or suffer the consequences of malpractice. Is it any wonder that the public is losing respect for “law enforcement”.

    The FBI wastes their time and resources spying on parents who attend school board meetings, while ignoring the obvious red flags waving in front of their faces. And the local cops stand around picking their backsides while people are executed.

  • RonDesantis Sucks

    June 3, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    I try to give credit where it’s due. DeSantis is right here. Uvalde police were incompetent.

  • Tim

    June 4, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    The Governor is at the top of the state’s law enforcement engine. Little Ronnie doing the DeSantis Shuffle again, deflecting all blame on to law enforcement like an antifa activist. Our law enforcement is out there trying to protect us. DeSantis just hides his cartoonishly fat face behind security only elites have.

  • Yeah

    June 5, 2022 at 4:19 pm

    Imagine this broken up system loosess all protection.

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