Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Confirms Police Don’t Have Discretion in Arrests


A Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy confirmed last evening on the Ingraham Angle that because of a feckless school board, the police cannot arrest juveniles who need to be arrested. Police don’t have discretionary powers when making arrests.

Yesterday, we posted a summary of an investigation by a writer at The Last Refuge. The author has in the past probed the disciplinary procedures of the Broward County School District. Broward of course is the site of the recent mass murder of 17 innocent children and staff. He outlines a strong argument, with documentation, that a failed police-school system allowed serious crimes to go unreported and kept criminal youth in the schools and on the streets.

If true, it proves the most corrupt police monitor the schools and criminal youth are too rarely held to account. A deputy to the Sheriff of Broward just lent credence to the story.


Jeff Bell is the President of the Broward Sheriff’s Deputies Association and works under Sheriff Israel. Deputy Bell blames the Broward school board in part for the tragedy at Stoneman this month.

There are a number of programs at the school aimed at keeping the arrests of juveniles down. Everyone can agree that is a desirable outcome.

The problem comes in, he said, with the way it is implemented in the Promise Program. The program agreement between the school and police took all discretion away from the police in making arrests.

For one thing, the school doesn’t want any arrests on the school grounds because they are worried about their statistics.

The school board is proud of the fact that they have reduced the numbers of arrests but they have done it, not by providing help for the most part, but by not arresting people who needed to be arrested.

The officer also explained why the Stoneman tragedy is not about guns.




  1. Part of the problem was putting disruptive students into “alternative” schools. Exposés in the past have shown these types of schools have little success. Until we deal with troubled kids in an effective way we will have societal problems. I am suspecting that the “Psychology” industry may be partly to blame. Media circles have promoted its efficacy but does it really assist. Many have suggested the idea of grief counselors are more damaging in the long term. When a traumatic event occurs the industry essentially has the person relive the event again. This, in effect, burns it into the mind. It could very well be better to step aside from that event for a time. It would be compared to an abuse victim who is abused “once” compared to one who is abused “long term”. Which suffers the most. To relive the event is to be abused long term.

  2. The school board cannot decide when the police are allowed to make arrests. The police are supposed to handle crime. The shooter had been expelled a while ago. So the school board policy did not seem to cause this massacre. The police seem to be trying to deflect. Whenever I read that site I feel as if I am being deflected.

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