Desantis Replacing Sheriff Scott Israel Over Parkland

Scott Israel, seen here at a press conference in the aftermath of the February 2018 Parkland school shooting accused Governor Ron De Santis of having political motives

Scott Israel, seen here at a press conference in the aftermath of the February 2018 Parkland school shooting accused Governor Ron De Santis of having political motives

The report claimed Broward sheriffs as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation neglected to follow up on tips regarding the shooter and the danger he posed to students and faculty months before the attack. The failure of the radio system added to the chaos that included SWAT teams not knowing where to land their helicopters.

"He failed in his duties to keep our families and children safe during the devastating shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14,2018", according to a statement by DeSantis.

The Sun-Sentinel explained the Florida Constitution gives the governor the authority to suspend public officials for "neglect of duty" and other causes.

In response to Israel's comments on Friday where he blamed the NRA and politics for his dismissal, Loesch urged Israel to direct his message to the families of Parkland victims.

He vowed to defend his record in court and before the state Senate, which may hear his case.

Tony tried to reassure sheriff's office employees, the families and the community as he takes over a troubled agency with 5,000 employees and 3,000 deputies.

"I've called for Sheriff Israel to resign and he's refused to do that so I've subsequently called for his removal and I hope Governor will do that today", he said.

"There was no wrongdoing on my part", he said.




"For now, it's on to court", Israel said.

The community will be "much safer now that Sheriff Israel is out of office", Pollack said.

"Citizens are going to be in the position of having to hold Governor DeSantis accountable to his promises", said Moncrief.

We can all see how that worked out in the Everglades, and by "all" we include our new governor, Ron DeSantis, who it appears will take a different approach to water management districts, at least in South Florida: He's kicking ass and taking names. Israel fired back, calling it "disingenuous political grandstanding".

DeSantis named Gregory Tony, a veteran of the police department in Coral Springs, Broward County, as Israel's replacement. Chadwick Wagner. "This is a decision that only the resident voters of Broward County should decide".

In the months following the shooting, journalists reported that Israel's office had received two calls - one in 2016 and one in 2017 - suggesting the eventual shooter was a potential school shooter.

A commission investigating the school shooting published a report last week lamenting the "abysmal response" of the in-school police officer and a lack of action upon Broward sheriff's deputies' arrival at the building.

Under Florida law, DeSantis has the right to suspend election officials accused of "criminal activity, misfeasance, incompetence or neglect of duty", according to ABC News. The attack, which also left dozens injured, is one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent United States history.

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