Scott Israel-Closet Scam
Scott Israel has over thirty years experience in Florida law enforcement. But despite his experience, many Broward citizens don't think Israel is the man for the job. Throughout his career, Scott Israel was associated with a number of questionable ethics violations, including various accounts of racial profiling. As if that weren't enough, Scott Israel also has a nasty record of using excessive force on minority individuals.
Scott Israel's Racist Prosecutions
During the 2008 election, Scott Israel was criticized for a series of Internal Affairs investigations launched against him. It is widely believed that news of these investigations cost Israel the election. But while many people know about the IA investigations, many are unaware of the details. And one enormous detail that receives little attention is the fact that every one of these cases involved minority defendants.
The severity of most of these cases remains unknown because half of the files have mysteriously vanished from city archives. But the records that are available don't paint a very pretty picture of Scott Israel. Included among these records is one instance in which Scott Israel and another officer savagely beat a handcuffed suspect. Israel maintained that the mauling was justified, as the suspect had a pocket knife. But many question whether the suspect planned on maliciously using the pocket knife, a relatively common tool. Others question how the suspect could possibly use the knife with his hands shackled behind his back.
Scott Israel's Racially Charged Propaganda
In addition to use of excessive and unnecessary force on minorities, Scott Israel allegedly utilized racist propaganda during his 2008 campaign. The propaganda came in the form of a pamphlet which displayed African-American candidate Wiley Thompson in a bow-tie. The flier was dubbed “a brilliant attempt to suggest Uncle Tom sellout to black voters and radical Muslim to paranoid white voters.” Although the propaganda in question is not officially linked to Israel, it was aimed at his competitor. And the professional design suggests whoever created the pamphlet had a considerably large budget.
These allegations of racism are extremely important, especially when you consider that Scott Israel is running as a democratic candidate. A significant number of minority voters are democrats, and minorities represent 48% of the Broward population. Here we should also mention the fact that Scott Israel only registered as a democrat to gain an edge on Lambarti; Israel was a registered republican for nearly thirty years until he realized he couldn't compete within his own party.
Scott Israel is running under the democrat flag to pull in the minority vote. But Scott Israel's record is testament to his racism, and he's definitely not a friend of the minority voter.