Sheriff criticized over Parkland shooting response removed from office

Florida governor suspends Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel

News of a replacement for Sheriff Israel comes just days after he told his staff that DeSantis was suspending him over his office's handling of the Parkland schooting.

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel refused to resign for almost a year but on Friday, he was suspended and replaced by former Coral Springs Police Department Lt. Gregory Tony. I served the county honorably.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has been replaced by former Coral Springs Police Sgt. Gregory Tony, who has an extensive background in active shooter training.

"Sheriff Israel has repeatedly failed and has demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership", DeSantis said in a statement. "Some deputies said they couldn't remember when they'd last been trained to handle an active shooter, even though the agency had a confused, chaotic response to a mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in 2017", the Sun-Sentinel said. It was reported in the wake of the shooting that one of Israel's deputies, Scot Peterson, did not enter the school as the massacre took place.

Chadwick Wagner both listed the unjust suspension of Israel in their separation forms.

Sheriff Israel has already said he intends to request a trial before the Florida Senate to fight for his job.

DeSantis' predecessor, Rick Scott, famously sold two state planes when he came into office in 2011.

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"There was no wrongdoing on my part", Israel said shortly after the governor's announcement. After being notified, the Senate then asks the suspended official whether they plan to resign or want to request a hearing.

As I pointed out Wednesday, a final report on the Parkland shooting was released last week.

"Sheriff Israel has received no official word from the governor or his office of the goal of this visit". DeSantis later tweeted that he was suspending Israel for 'his repeated failures, incompetence and neglect of duty'. Debbie Hixon, the widow of MSD victim Chris Hixon, said she hopes that, under the new sheriff's leadership, BSO deputies will run in and try to protect victims during a school shooting. "I understand it's easier to say "Suspend Sheriff Israel" than it is to address the real problem: The problem around this nation of gun violence".

Since the Parkland shooting, in which 14 students and three staff members were killed, Israel and his office have been criticized for their response to the shooting.

"I have been in the community for a long time and one of the things I've learned is that BSO is a great organization if the not the finest we have in South Florida", he said.

Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva said the size of the state and Friday's incident shows the need for DeSantis to have "safe and reliable means of transportation". Tony, a Democrat like Israel, will fill the remainder of Israel's term, unless the ousted sheriff is successful in fighting his suspension.

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