New Florida governor suspends sheriff after school massacre

Jan 14, 2019, 02:17
New Florida governor suspends sheriff after school massacre

The new governor criticized the lawman's handling of the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Almost one year after the tragic Parkland massacre, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel was officially dismissed from his job on Friday.

Shortly after the shooting, Republican lawmakers called on then-governor Rick Scott to suspend Israel for "incompetence" and "neglect of duty".

DeSantis named Gregory Tony, a veteran of the police department in Coral Springs, Broward County, as Israel's replacement.

DeSantis said during a news conference outside the sheriff's office headquarters that Israel failed to keep families and children safe before and during the February 14 shooting that left 14 students and three staff members dead inside the three-story freshman building.

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"The suspension caps a almost year-long series of revelations that exposed the failure of Broward sheriff's deputies to run in to save children at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School". - Gov. Ron DeSantis asked for their resignations, but some South Florida Water Management District board members are declining to step down.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, which is investigating the shooting, presented its initial report to state officials January 2.

Environmental groups say Florida's environmental policies are headed in a positive direction after Governor Ron DeSantis issued a sweeping Executive Order since taking office on Tuesday.

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.

"Now, there certainly were some shortcomings and there were some mistakes made", Kaplan said, adding that none of them "rise to the level to single out Sheriff Israel and hold him accountable for what happened". DeSantis later tweeted that he was suspending Israel for 'his repeated failures, incompetence and neglect of duty'. And furthermore, when Scott Israel had said that they had no legal means to go and arrest this murderer, actually that was a lie too.

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"The Members of the House of Representatives are thankful that the Governor's plane landed safely after reporting mechanical difficulties", said Oliva, R-Miami.

"One more second and she makes it", Guttenberg said.

The community will be "much safer now that Sheriff Israel is out of office", Pollack said.

"I'm not a scientist, but I know what I can do and that's do everything I can to protect the environment", said Scott.

You know the Stoneman Douglas Commission when they were talking to deputies they learned from these deputies that the deputies could not remember the last time that they had active shooter training or what kind of training it was.

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