The special master who recommended reinstatement of suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has received a death threat, prompting security concerns about next week’s Florida Senate special session reviewing the recommendation.
Special Master Dudley Goodlette concluded from his investigation that Gov. Ron DeSantis failed to prove that Israel was incompetent or negligent in regard to his officers’ responses to mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 and at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in 2017.
Seventeen students and staff were killed at the high school in Parkland, and five were killed in the airport shooting.
“The threat was received not long after Mr. Goodlette’s report became publicly available,” said Katherine Betta, spokewoman for Senate President Bill Galvano. Goodlette’s report recommending Israel’s reinstatement is dated Sept. 24, 2019. Galvano appointed Goodlette as special master.
“President Galvano was made aware of the threat, which he considered to be very serious. President Galvano directed the Senate Sergeant at Arms to alert FDLE, so the threat could be investigated,” Betta confirmed by email.
FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said the Collier County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the threat and that FDLE is assisting. She said Collier is where the threat was initially reported. Goodlette is a former Republican House member from Naples in Collier County.