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Facing calls to suspend Broward sheriff, Gov. Rick Scott says first ‘get the facts’

Scott has ordered a review of what happened.
Gov. Rick Scott being interviewed outside the White House on Feb. 26, 2018.
Gov. Rick Scott being interviewed outside the White House on Feb. 26, 2018.
Published Feb. 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – Facing calls to suspend Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, Gov. Rick Scott said Monday that he'll wait for a formal investigation.

"I'm going to go through the process and get the facts," Scott said after a meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump and other governors.

On Sunday Svott called on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to probe many unheeded warning signs about the Parkland attacker.

"We'll understand exactly what happens, we'll have transparency. We need to know exactly why all the things that happened happened, then I'll make a decision," Scott said Monday.

Scott said it was "disgusting" that a Broward deputy did not go into the school. "He had one job. If something like that happens, go in an kill the guy. He didn't do it."

Scott noted that unarmed assistant football coach Aaron Feis, 37, was seen running toward the gunshots and was killed trying to protect students. "He was a hero. He protected other students and he lost his life over it. He didn't have a weapon."

President Trump again on Monday called for arming teachers, which Scott opposes. "Let teachers teach," Scott said.

"I think we ought to put our money into law enforcement. We ought to make sure all of our schools have law enforcement, they are well trained, they are prepared. We need to harden our schools. That where I want to put my time and money."

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