Sheriff Israel, questioned about corruption in 2016: ‘Lions don’t care about the opinions of sheep’

Sheriff Israel, questioned about corruption in 2016: ‘Lions don’t care about the opinions of sheep’
In the jungle, the mighty jungle... (Image: Screen grab of Guardian News video, YouTube)

[Ed. – It’s official: the sheriff is not a sympathetic character.]

Two years ago, the Sun Sentinel reported that Israel was rewarding top political supporters by giving them and their family members cushy jobs doing public relations and community outreach for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. …

According to the Sun Sentinel:

The outreach workers, who mainly attend community events, are in addition to political activists and others Israel hired into community affairs roles, writing and designing printed pieces about the agency, and sharing it on social media. The employee log shows six hired into community affairs roles, their salaries totaling $388,729.

Israel’s opponents say he’s built a publicly funded political machine, paying back supporters with jobs and using them to keep him in office. …

Asked about the allegations, Israel responded, “What have I done differently than Don Shula or Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King, Gandhi?”

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He also said, “Lions don’t care about the opinions of sheep.” That’s a paraphrase of a quote from the Game of Thrones character Tywin Lannister…

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