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Governor removes Parkland sheriff over failure to save children

Governor removes Parkland sheriff over failure to save children

"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 cited Israel's "incompetence" and said he "demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership" after the Fort Lauderdale International Airport shooting in 2017 and the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018.

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". Governor DeSantis was forced to use the plane because former Governor Rick Scott sold the state air fleet and blocked lawmakers from buying a new plane previous year.

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.

"The massacre might never have happened had Broward had better leadership in the sheriff's department", DeSantis said during a news conference in Fort Lauderdale.

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Under Florida law, DeSantis has the right to suspend election officials accused of "criminal activity, misfeasance, incompetence or neglect of duty", according to ABC News. "They were threatened that they were going to be killed", Loesch told Israel. He is the county's first black sheriff, and he was reportedly recommended by the father of a Parkland victim. He backed off later in the campaign, saying only that he would hold officeholders accountable.

While Israel's deputies apprehended him within 72 seconds, the draft of a county report said Israel and others didn't control the chaos, leaving passengers huddled in fear for hours. Deputies also received two calls about suspect Nikolas Cruz in the months before the massacre saying he had amassed an arsenal and was a potential school shooter, but took no action.

"The response from those that had a responsibility to make sure our kids and our teachers were safe have still not recognized the mistakes that were made that day and tried to change them", he said. Rick Scott asking him to suspend the sheriff for what they called his "incompetence and neglect of duty". Israel has said none of those contacts warranted an arrest. "39 visits. And this was known to the intelligence and law enforcement community".

Hixon said the inaction by multiple deputies when shots were being fired in a school building as a sign of a failure of leadership. DeSantis was elected, in part, to do what he just did.