New Florida governor suspends sheriff after school massacre

FL gov suspends sheriff over Parkland shooting

FL gov suspends sheriff over Parkland shooting

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who faced criticism over his department's response to the deadly Parkland, Florida, school shooting a year ago, was officially suspended by new Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday.

Almost one year after the tragic Parkland massacre, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel was officially dismissed from his job on Friday. "I served the county honorably", he said.

He said the commission's eight-month investigation revealed failures by the Broward County School Board and the "horrible response of the Broward Sheriff's Office under the leadership of Sheriff Scott Israel". "He failed to protect Floridians and visitors during the tragic Fort Lauderdale International Airport shooting in 2017", DeSantis said in a statement.

DeSantis' predecessor, Rick Scott, famously sold two state planes when he came into office in 2011. Despite reports and investigations showing numerous flaws that led to more deaths at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, Israel proclaimed his suspension was "about politics".

DeSantis' executive order accused Israel, among other things, of having "egregiously failed in his duties" as sheriff, failing to "provide his deputies adequate, thorough and realistic training", and neglecting to "establish an appropriate response to a mass casualty incident".

In his remarks, the sheriff boasted of his accomplishments while at the helm of an agency with more than 5,400 employees, including deputies and firefighters.

One certainty, Kaplan said - Israel has every intention of running for election in 2020.

To be expected, Israel was not happy.

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Under Florida law, he is entitled to a hearing in the Florida Senate, which can decide to reinstate the sheriff or remove him from office.

Friday's announcement comes after days of speculation that Israel will soon be out of a job after seven years as Broward's sheriff. "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".

He also addressed those who may not support the Governor's decision, the voters who chose Scott Israel.

"The Members of the House of Representatives are thankful that the Governor's plane landed safely after reporting mechanical difficulties", said Oliva, R-Miami. Peterson instructed deputies to stay away from the building where the shootings took place, the draft said.

You know the Stoneman Douglas Commission when they were talking to deputies they learned from these deputies that the deputies could not remember the last time that they had active shooter training or what kind of training it was.

Israel said his suspension amounted to the newly seated governor fulfilling a campaign promise he made well before the commission issued its findings on the massacre response. Violent crime went down, and he easily won re-election in 2016 to oversee the county's 2,800 deputies.

"The people of Broward County deserve accountable, competent leaders who can safeguard our communities", said Governor Ron DeSantis.

Israel for years has called for tougher gun laws in Florida, a stance that created critics long before the school shooting.

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