Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Embattled Florida Sheriff Scott Israel Suspended for Response to Deadly Parkland Shooting

VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Florida governor suspends Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel
Ellis Copeland | 13 January, 2019, 15:57

"I thank Governor Ron DeSantis for this honor and I commit to faithfully fulfilling my duties to this office".

"I don't agree with that at all", said Tucker, who hopes to work with the Governor on fixing our water issues. "The MSD Commission found fault with nine different deputies' actions". "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". "She needed one more second".

"The massacre might never have happened had Broward had better leadership in the Sheriff's Department", he said.

It was reportedly Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow died in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre, that recommended Tony. But the change made to BSO policy by Sheriff Israel appears to me to mean that doing so was left at his discretion. "Today is a new chapter".

"Yeah, well, I think he needs to say that to the families".

At the news conference, Israel was introduced by attorney Stuart Kaplan as "former Sheriff Scott Israel".

DeSantis has tapped former Coral Springs Police Sgt. Gregory Tony as Israel's replacement.

"I look forward to returning soon as the sheriff of Broward County".

Tony, 40, has served five years on the SWAT team.

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.

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Tony was sworn in as Broward County sheriff Friday afternoon. "I'm here to serve". Israel had been sheriff six years.

"Our water and natural resources are the foundation of our economy and our way of life in Florida", DeSantis says in a news release.

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

Israel countered that other mass shootings did not result in the suspension of top law enforcement officials, including the bloodbath in 2016 in Orlando at the Pulse nightclub. "There was no wrongdoing on my part". "False narratives may continue, but not in a court of law. This was about politics, not about Parkland". DeSantis later tweeted that he was suspending Israel for 'his repeated failures, incompetence and neglect of duty'.

DeSantis said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel showed leadership failures in the shooting that left 14 students and three adults dead at the hands of a lone gunman on February 14, 2018. "He failed to protect Floridians and visitors during the tragic Fort Lauderdale International Airport shooting in 2017", DeSantis said in a statement.

After expressing his sympathies for the families who lost loved ones in the mass shooting, Israel insisted he had not failed in his duty.

The order also will create the Office of Environmental Accountability and Transparency, which will organize scientific research and analysis to keep agencies in line with the state's environmental priorities.

"No one was suspended after the Pulse shooting".

A state-appointed commission has identified multiple failings in Israel's agency's response to the shooting. Kevin Chults and Maj.

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