Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Republican Gov. DeSantis to Replace Scott Israel with Broward's First Black Sheriff

Republican Gov. DeSantis to Replace Scott Israel with Broward's First Black Sheriff

"I have issued an executive order suspending Scott Israel as the sheriff of Broward County", he said as cheers erupted from attendees.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who has refused to resign in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting almost a year ago, was suspended and replaced by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Friday.

"He failed to protect Floridians and visitors during the tragic Fort Lauderdale International Airport shooting in 2017", DeSantis said.

Tony was recommended by Andrew Pollack, father of the late Meadow Pollack, who was killed in the February 14, 2018, Parkland school shooting. These incidents demonstrate Sheriff's Israel's repeated incompetence and neglect of duty. "Scott Israel misused his authority and abused his public trust by politicizing the nation's largest fully accredited Sheriff's Office for his own political ambitions".

"His expertise are in things like active shooters, defending schools", DeSantis said.

Gregory Tony will be the county's interim sheriff.

"Let's understand the suspension for what it really is, a massive political power grab, by the governor to subvert the will of our Broward County voters", Israel said.

"There was no wrongdoing on my part", he said. "I served the county honorably", he said in an evening news conference at the New Mount Olive Baptist Church, a historically black church in Fort Lauderdale.

Israel was reelected in 2016 and would have remained in the position through 2020.

Tony was with the Coral Springs police department for nearly 12 years. He founded a private security company that specialized in active shooting training programs, including for civilians.

"My little boy Alex is no longer here, because he was murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas on Valentine's Day 2018", said Max Schachter.

Israel's removal from the helm of the agency has been expected since the new governor was sworn in. He backed off later in the campaign, saying only that he would hold officeholders accountable.

But commissioners also concluded that the department's active shooter training had not been effective.

As I pointed out Wednesday, a final report on the Parkland shooting was released last week. Deputies also received two calls about suspect Nikolas Cruz in the months before the massacre saying he had amassed an arsenal and was a potential school shooter, but took no action.

In a letter to then-Gov.

Meanwhile, officers from neighboring Coral Springs were largely praised for their response.

Israel was criticized for touting his "amazing leadership" during a CNN interview in the days after the shooting. "You don't measure a person's leadership by a deputy not going in to a.", he added, trailing off.

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