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

"This is an enormous honor and privilege to be appointed Sheriff of Broward County", said newly appointed Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony. "I served the county honorably", Israel said Friday. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody and four staffers experienced "mechanical issues" and made a pit stop in St. Petersburg on Friday as the new governor made his way to Fort Lauderdale.

Ryan Petty, father of Alaina Petty, said the failure of Israel's deputies to confront the shooter reflects deficient leadership in the sheriff's office.

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

DeSantis' Republican predecessor, now-Sen.

Nikolas Cruz has confessed to being the gunman, and carrying out the shooting at his Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, his former school, according to court documents.

A state commission investigating the massacre recently concluded Israel's changes to the department's active shooter policy may have contributed to some deputies' inaction during the school shooting.

"This suspension is not about what occurred on February 14th", Israel said.

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Israel said then he would not resign. If Israel challenges the suspension, the state Senate would hold a trial and could either fire or reinstate him.

"We put in the executive over that as climate changes, as our environment changes, as water rises in places like South Florida and there's increased flooding, we want to make sure that we're taking the steps that we can to combat that", he said.

The Sun-Sentinel explained the Florida Constitution gives the governor the authority to suspend public officials for "neglect of duty" and other causes. "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". Still, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, the commission's chairman, and other law enforcement officials on the panel have said they didn't think Israel should be suspended.

"I do believe we've got the right guy", Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the shooting, said. "Our community and our kids will be much safer now that Sheriff Israel is out of office".

In the weeks following the shooting, Israel argued that he had "given incredible leadership" and placed blame on his deputies. Tony, a Democrat like Israel, will fill the remainder of Israel's term, unless the ousted sheriff is successful in fighting his suspension.

During the more than 11 hours of questioning by Broward sheriff's Detective John Curcio, Cruz cursed at himself when the officer left the room and said he deserved to die.

Some parents of students at the high school have criticized Israel and called for his removal.

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