Gov. DeSantis Suspends Sheriff Israel

A placard from Floridians Against Fracking urges Florida's new governor Ron DeSantis to make good on his campaign promise to ban fracking in the state

"His statement came minutes after the state's new governor, Ron DeSantis, announced he was suspending Israel".

"There was no wrongdoing on my part".

The Republican governor made the announcement at Broward County Sheriff's headquarters in Fort Lauderdale with some survivors of the Parkland shooting behind him.

"I have served with many of these men and women through my law enforcement career, and they're not self-serving", he said.

Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Friday over his handling of February's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, saying he "repeatedly failed and has demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership".

"This was about politics, not about Parkland", said Israel, who is a Democrat.

Furthermore, Sheriff Israel's office had multiple opportunities to apprehend the shooter prior to the massacre due to multiple red flags; officers even visited with the shooter a full 39 times.

Though Sheriff Israel claimed he showed exceptional leadership, the report stated that his subordinates were not properly trained while using outdated radio technology that hindered communication during the shooting.

Israel said DeSantis vowed to remove him as sheriff when he was campaigning for governor.

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The Florida Senate ultimately makes the decision whether an official is suspended after the governor has given the Senate a notice of suspension. Police there were criticized for not immediately killing the gunman, but engaging in a three-hour hostage standoff.

"My little boy Alex is no longer here, because he was murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas on Valentine's Day 2018", said Max Schachter.

Tony, a former Coral Springs Police Sergeant, will serve as Broward County's first African-American Sheriff.

Israel said the difference is that he is outspoken against gun violence and championed stricter gun laws.

"This is an enormous honor and privilege to be appointed Sheriff of Broward County", said newly appointed Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony. Israel had been sheriff six years.

Israel, whose elected term ends in 2020, has said he would not leave office voluntarily. The former sheriff was out of uniform, dressed in a navy, pinstripe suit.

Israel is expected to contest his suspension. The state Senate has the power to permanently remove a sheriff from office. He could also ask either federal or state court to overturn the suspension.

"I don't agree with that at all", said Tucker, who hopes to work with the Governor on fixing our water issues.

"One more second, and she [would have made] it into the stairwell", he said. There, an exhausted Israel told anchor Jake Tapper: "I have given incredible leadership to this agency". He said he didn't want to deputies to undertake suicide missions.

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