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    Governor DeSantis Suspends Broward County Sheriff Over Response to Deadly Parkland School Shooting

    Governor DeSantis Suspends Broward County Sheriff Over Response to Deadly Parkland School Shooting

    “I have no interest in dancing on Scott Israel’s political grave,” DeSantis said, “but suffice it to say the massacre might never have happened had Broward had better leadership in the sheriff’s department.”

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/florida-school-shooting/fl-florida-shooting-sro-20180222-story.html

    Friday afternoon, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel via executive order.

    https://twitter.com/RosaFlores/status/1083843387248250880?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

    More from the Sun Sentinel:

    Gov. Ron DeSantis removed Broward Sheriff Scott Israel from office Friday, replacing him after 10 months of turmoil spawned by the slaughter of 17 staff and students in Parkland.

    The governor replaced Israel with former Coral Springs Police Sgt. Gregory Tony, 40, who has a background in active-shooter training and becomes the first black sheriff in Broward County’s history.

    DeSantis announced the suspension from the Broward Sheriff’s Office headquarters.

    Across town, the displaced former sheriff prepared a response from a church in northwest Fort Lauderdale.

    In his executive order, the governor cited incompetence and neglect of duty. At the press conference, he did not mince words.

    “I have no interest in dancing on Scott Israel’s political grave,” DeSantis said, “but suffice it to say the massacre might never have happened had Broward had better leadership in the sheriff’s department.”

    The suspension caps a nearly 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. Some deputies said they couldn’t remember when they’d last been trained to handle an active shooter, even though the agency had a confused, chaotic response to a mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in 2017.

    Israel’s leadership of the agency has come under intense scrutiny, and he’s received extensive criticism over the massacre in which 17 people were killed and 17 wounded on Valentine’s Day.

    Watch the statement here:

    A report recently released by a commission investigating the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting was highly critical of Israel.

    Earlier this week, Israel informed staff incoming Governor DeSantis planned to suspend him.

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    texansamurai | January 13, 2019 at 10:26 am

    peterson made the wrong choice, for whatever reason–children are dying and you’re not going to do a damn thing about it?–you’re not willing do your duty and engage the shooter yourself?–to risk your own life to help those you swore to protect?–why did you ever put on a badge?–you’re a disgrace to yourself and to your department–guess you’ll just have to live with your cowardice–those children were innocents–we’re the adults in this world and it is our moral and legal responsibility to protect them–you failed, buddy, you just failed


       
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      Mac45 in reply to texansamurai. | January 13, 2019 at 1:37 pm

      DEP. PETERSON made a choice that most of us believe to have been in error. As the time line indicates he could not have stopped the murder and injury of the 24 people on the 1st floor of Bldg. 12. By the time the bulk of the deputies arrived, the shooting was over. They could not have changed the outcome, if they had all immediately rushed into the building. The reason why I provided the link above was so that people would have an accurate idea of exactly what transpired, not the media hype has been. And, you illustrate the problem nicely.

      I keep pointing out that the School Board, by their refusal to establish effective protective measures at the school, are directly, and soley, responsible for the shooting. The Sheriff has NO authority or responsibility to establish effective safeguards at a school. And, according to the time line, any action of the Sheriff’s Office, once the shooting started, would have materially affected what happened to 24 of the 34 victims of the shooting. But, no one wants to talk about the facts here. A scapegoat is needed to assuage a small, vocal minority and it is easier to target an unlikable Sheriff than the people truly responsible, the School Board. The Governor’s actions do nothing to protect the school children in Broward County or the rest of Florida. It is simply political theater.


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