Parkland shooting: Florida governor suspends sheriff over high school attack

Parkland shooting: Florida governor suspends sheriff over high school attack

"Gregory Tony will be a champion for Broward County who will work tirelessly to safeguard our schools and our streets while ensuring accountability within the Sheriff's office", DeSantis said in a statement.

DeSantis was on his way to a press conference where he was expected to announce that he was suspending and replacing Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. "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". By April, DeSantis told supporters he would have suspended Israel if he had been governor at the time of the shooting.

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".

Under Florida law, the governor can suspend elected officials for criminal activity, misfeasance, incompetence or neglect of duty.

Israel, a Democrat first elected in 2012, has faced fierce criticism for his agency's handling of the Parkland shooting, in which 14 students and three faculty members were killed and 17 other people were injured. But the change made to BSO policy by Sheriff Israel appears to me to mean that doing so was left at his discretion.

But he also pointed out no one was removed from office in the wake of other mass shootings in Florida. Israel had been sheriff six years.

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

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In Florida, however, the very fact that DeSantis made the effort to murmur the words "climate change" is arguably leaps and bounds in progress as compared to Scott, whose administration ordered Florida Department of Environmental Protection officials to not use the terms "climate change" or "global warming" in any official communications or reports, according to records obtained by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

Israel went on to say no one from DeSantis' staff nor the governor himself spoke to Israel about what happened in Parkland, and that the governor was carrying out the will of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Scott Israel is out as Broward County sheriff.

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

His attorney, Stuart Kaplan, said the only person who should be held responsible for the tragedy in Parkland is gunman Nikolas Cruz.

Following the February 14 mass shooting, Israel said his agency "immediately began to make changes that will make Broward County and our students safer".

"The Members of the House of Representatives are thankful that the Governor's plane landed safely after reporting mechanical difficulties", Oliva, a Miami Lakes Republican, said in a statement. Her father Ryan said the failure of BSO deputies to rush into the freshman building to confront the shooter and an active shooter policy that allowed them to avoid doing so is evidence of a failure of leadership at the agency.

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