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DeSantis Removes Broward County Sheriff From Office

12 January 2019

A retired Coral Springs police sergeant will take the helm of the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Newly-elected governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel from his post due to his response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting a year ago that killed 17 people.

Governor Ron DeSantis made the announcement att the Broward Sheriff's Office headquarters just after 4:30 p.m. was joined by Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez and Attorney General Ashley Moody.

Gregory Tony was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to serve as Broward County sheriff after Scott Israel was suspended Friday.

Israel had faced criticism over BSO's response to the Parkland shooting, the shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, as well as the response to an inmate who escaped from a Broward County courthouse in 2016, leading to an nearly weeklong manhunt.

Last month, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission issued a scathing report about the Broward County Sheriff's Department, specifying that one of Israel's key active shooter policies may have contributed to the carnage. "These incidents demonstrate Sheriff Israel's repeated incompetence and neglect of duty", DeSantis continued. "I understand it's easier to say "Suspend Sheriff Israel" than it is to address the real problem: The problem around this nation of gun violence".

"The families of the victims deserve accountability", De Santis said. Tony is the county's first African-American sheriff, according to Politico.

Flanked by his supporters and his wife Susan, Israel said he will be fighting his suspension.

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

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

The Sun-Sentinel reported former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel was replaced by former Coral Springs Police Sgt. Gregory Tony, 40. He left the department in 2016.

Tony's resume cites advanced degrees and he runs a company focused on active shooter training and response, including efforts to train civilians on "stop the bleed" techniques.

Thirteen people died in a bathroom waiting for help.

Responding to the commission report last month, Israel said that all Broward sheriff's deputies completed an additional eight hours of active-shooter training, that the department has created a threat assessment unit and that it has enacted other reforms. According to the Miami Herald, a state panel investigating the shooting found that sheriff's deputies weren't properly trained, and that they took cover to protect themselves instead of pursuing the shooter.

The heat increased after it was learned the sheriff's office received and disregarded a call in 2016 and another in 2017 warning that suspect Nikolas Cruz, now 20, was a potential school shooter.

In the weeks following the shooting, Israel argued that he had "given incredible leadership" and placed blame on his deputies.

In a letter to then-Gov.

Tony was sworn in as Broward County sheriff Friday afternoon.

DeSantis Removes Broward County Sheriff From Office