Sher­iff suspended over school mas­sacre

The News-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

New Florida Gov. Ron DeSan­tis suspended Broward County Sher­iff Scott Is­rael on Fri­day over his han­dling of Fe­bru­ary’s mas­sacre at Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School.

The Repub­li­can gov­er­nor flew to Fort Laud­erdale three days after tak­ing of­fice to re­move the Demo­cratic sher­iff, ap­point­ing a for­mer po­lice sergeant to serve as act­ing sher­iff. Gre­gory Tony, 40, worked for Coral Springs po­lice for 12 years be­fore leav­ing in 2016 to start a com­pany spe­cial­iz­ing in ac­tive-shooter train­ing. He is the first African-Amer­i­can to serve as Broward’s sher­iff.

DeSan­tis’ of­fice issued a state­ment say­ing, “Sher­iff Is­rael has repeatedly failed and has demon­strated a pat­tern of poor lead­er­ship. He failed to pro­tect Florid­i­ans and visi­tors dur­ing the tragic Fort Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Air­port shoot­ing in 2017. He failed in his du­ties to keep our fam­i­lies and chil­dren safe dur­ing the dev­as­tat­ing shoot­ing at Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School on Fe­bru­ary 14,2018. These in­ci­dents demon­strate Sher­iff’s Is­rael’s re­peated in­com­pe­tence and ne­glect of duty.”

The state­ment added, “The fam­i­lies of the vic­tims de­serve ac­count­abil­ity.”

Min­utes after DeSan­tis’ an­nounce­ment, Is­rael said he would fight the sus­pen­sion.

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