Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Florida Gov Suspends Sheriff Over Parkland Response

Florida Gov Suspends Sheriff Over Parkland Response

Ron DeSantis has announced the suspension of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel over the handling of the Parkland school massacre, one day after Israel reportedly told his staff he will likely be removed from office. Governor DeSantis was forced to use the plane because former Governor Rick Scott sold the state air fleet and blocked lawmakers from buying a new plane past year.

"The massacre might never have happened had Broward had better leadership in the sheriff's department", DeSantis said during a news conference outside the Broward Sheriff's Office headquarters in Fort Lauderdale on Friday.

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".

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.

The statement added, "The families of the victims deserve accountability".

He becomes the first black sheriff in Broward County history.

If Israel challenges the suspension, the state Senate would hold a trial and could either fire or reinstate him.

Israel also discussed plans to get his title back after the Florida Senate reconvenes March 5.

"There was no wrongdoing on my part".


"This is an enormous honor and privilege to be appointed Sheriff of Broward County", said newly appointed Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony.

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

"[Tony] left the Coral Springs Police Department after 12 years in 2016".

Tony, a Philadelphia native and graduate of Florida State, is president of Blue Spear Solutions, a security company that specializes in active shooter and mass casualty training.

Israel's removal from the helm of the agency has been expected since the new governor was sworn in.

Commission members also grilled Israel over BSO's policy for deputies dealing with an active shooter. Israel told them he didn't want deputies to think they had to conduct suicide missions.

A report earlier this week said Israel anticipated the move.

In a letter to then-Gov. The 40-year-old joined the Coral Springs police department in October 2005 and joined the SWAT team in 2009 and became sergeant in 2014.

"I've given fantastic leadership to this agency", Israel said on CNN, weeks after the shooting. Debbie Hixon, whose husband was killed in the shooting, said the sheriff's office "needs a different leader". Israel said he served for six years. 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.

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