Scott Israel, ousted by governor, will fight to regain his job

  • Scott Israel, ousted by governor, will fight to regain his job

Scott Israel, ousted by governor, will fight to regain his job

"These incidents demonstrate Sheriff's Israel's repeated incompetence and neglect of duty", DeSantis wrote in his executive order.

The Florida sheriff whose office responded to the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland will be suspended by the state's new governor Friday, a source familiar with the process told CNN.

On Friday evening, three days after being sworn in, DeSantis issued a tweet saying that "effective immediately, I am officially suspending Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for his repeated failures, incompetence and neglect of duty".

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.

Nikolas Cruz has confessed to being the gunman, and carrying out the shooting at his Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, his former school, according to court documents. 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.

In a separate statement introducing Tony, DeSantis added, "The people of Broward County deserve accountable, competent leaders who can safeguard our communities". It is my job as Governor to ensure that the safety of our local communities, especially the safety of our children, is paramount.

DeSantis announced the suspension from the Broward Sheriff's Office headquarters while the displaced former sheriff prepared his response from a church in northwest Fort Lauderdale.

Reasons for the suspension span several pages but include this: "WHEREAS Sheriff Israel is responsible for inserting into the Broward County Sheriff's Office Active Shooter Policy that a deputy "may" enter the area or structure to engage an active shooter and preserve life".

Israel said he plans to "vigorously fight" to be reinstated through legal avenues. Tony is the county's first African-American sheriff, according to Politico.

"Let's understand the suspension for what it really is, a massive political power grab, by the governor to subvert the will of our Broward County voters", Israel said. Loesch questioned Israel at the time.

During the shooting, then-Broward Deputy Scot Peterson, who was assigned to the school, drew his gun but took cover instead of charging inside.

As early as March 1, DeSantis called for Israel to resign, amid revelations of missed red-flags and a slow response to the shooting.

"They ain't the Florida State that you just saw this (past) year", DeSantis joked. Rick Scott, had refused to suspend Israel, saying he wanted to wait until investigations into the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead were complete before deciding.