FL Gov. Ron DeSantis Suspends Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Over Parkland Shooting Response
Gov. DeSantis: "The massacre might never have happened had Broward had better leadership in the Sheriff's Department." pic.twitter.com/7gz8OKpinf
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) January 11, 2019
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced today he is officially suspending Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.
In his press conference today, DeSantis said, “The neglect of duty and the incompetence that was connected to the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has been well-documented, and I have no interest in dancing on Scott Israel’s political grave. Just suffice it to say, the massacre might never have happened had Broward had better leadership in the Sheriff’s Department.”
The governor’s executive order [PDF] excoriates Israel not just over the horrific Parkland shooting, but for similar failures and lack of leadership regarding the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting in 2017.
DeSantis named former Coral Springs Sgt. Gregory Tony as Israel’s replacement:
— George Bennett (@gbennettpost) January 11, 2019
Israel responded by saying the governor’s decision was a political one and “not about Parkland.”
NEW: Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel responds to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' Executive Order: "This suspension is not about what occurred on February 14th… this was about politics, not about Parkland." https://t.co/U7vcZIgAW8 pic.twitter.com/ka1XYd0vZ8
— ABC News (@ABC) January 11, 2019
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