BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Broward Sheriff Scott Israel says he would not remove his county’s booking blotter from public view to settle a score with the media.
Speaking with BocaNewsNow.com founder and former network news correspondent Andrew Colton — hosting NewsRadio 610 WIOD’s “First News” Wednesday morning — Israel said that he would handle media issues on an individual basis, not by preventing public access to online arrest records.
“I would not have taken that route,” said Israel.
Palm Beach Count Sheriff Ric Bradshaw ignited a firestorm last week when he pulled the county’s booking blotter in a dispute with the Palm Beach Post. The Post reported that Palm Beach County’s blotter routinely omitted the arrests of police officers. Bradshaw reinstated the blotter nearly a week later — blaming technical issues for its removal.
Bradshaw has not responded to requests for direct comment on the blotter’s removal.