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USSheriff Scott Israel will be suspended over Parkland massacre response, source says

20:31  11 january  2019
20:31  11 january  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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The two-term sheriff , the object of fierce criticism over BSO's handling of the Parkland massacre , told his top commanders that he will be removed from office by Gov. Ron DeSantis, sources told the Miami Herald. DeSantis, who was sworn in Tuesday morning, had not made a formal announcement of a

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel tells staff he’s being suspended over Parkland response . By Julie K. Brown. The two-term sheriff , the object of fierce criticism over BSO’s handling of the Parkland massacre , told his top commanders that he will be removed from office by Gov.

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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.

Gov. Ron DeSantis will suspend embattled Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel over the handling of the 2018 mass shooting, in which 17 students and teachers were killed by a former student.

The governor is expected to make the official announcement at 3 p.m. at the Broward County public safety complex, during an event billed as "a message on holding government officials accountable."

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Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County, Fla., has faced blistering criticism from family members of the Parkland shooting victims. MIAMI — After nearly a year of deepening anger over a deadly Florida high school shooting and the bungled police response that followed, no prominent officials have been

It appears that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is preparing to pack it in, for now. The two-term sheriff , the object of fierce criticism over BSO's handling of the Parkland massacre , told his top commanders that he will be removed from office by Gov. Ron DeSantis, sources told the Miami

The Broward County Sheriff's Office would not comment on the report.

"Sheriff Israel has received no official word from the governor or his office of the purpose of this visit. The sheriff remains steadfast in continuing to serve the citizens of Broward County as well as the men and women under his leadership," the sheriff's attorney, Stuart Kaplan, told CNN.

The Miami Herald reports that the governor will name retired Coral Springs Police Sgt. Gregory Tony as Broward's interim sheriff.

Soon after the February 14 mass shooting, Israel faced criticism about his agency's response, including calls for his resignation. A recent draft report by a public safety commission tasked with investigating the shooting found several failures and missteps, including among some of Israel's deputies.

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Scott Israel labeled reports as "absolutely untrue" that the deputies waited outside even though PARKLAND , Fla. - - The Florida sheriff whose department responded to this month's high school Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told CNN that investigators are looking into claims that three

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced that he will fully cooperate with an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement into how his deputies responded to the Parkland school shooting that left 17 people dead. It will be investigated feverishly and thoroughly,” said Israel .

According to Florida statute, the governor has the power to suspend the sheriff for actions such as "misfeasance" and "neglect of duty" and may fill the office by appointment for the period of suspension. The actual power to remove the sheriff from office is in the hands of the state Senate.

According to the body's website, it makes "final dispositions" on whether to reinstate a suspended official or remove him from office.

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. The attack, which also left dozens injured, is one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent US history.

Eleven days after the massacre, more than 70 Republican representatives and Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran sent a letter to then-Gov. Rick Scott asking him to suspend the sheriff for what they called his "incompetence and neglect of duty."

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel tells staff he's being suspended over massacre response

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel tells staff he's being suspended over massacre response MIAMI - It appears that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is preparing to pack up his office. The two-term sheriff, the object of fierce criticism over BSO's handling of the Parkland massacre, told his top commanders that he will be removed from office by Gov. Ron DeSantis, sources have told The Miami Herald. DeSantis, who was sworn in Tuesday morning, had not made a formal announcement of a possible suspension. Stuart N. Kaplan, one of Israel's lawyers, said Israel was in his office at the public safety building in Fort Lauderdale working on Tuesday.

"If he feels that Sheriff Israel must be removed or suspended , we will fully support him in that Bell said 628 members voted and at least two grievances will be filed accusing supervisors of attempting to The union also said the sheriff 's handling of the Parkland school shooting enraged the rank and file Scott believes that people must be held accountable for the reported failures in response to the

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel speaks before the start of a CNN town hall meeting on Only days after thousands of grieving Parkland students and families gave him a standing ovation on Attempts to reach the sheriff for this article were unsuccessful. But he said through a statement

Israel said then he would not resign.

In April, Broward County sheriff's deputies took a largely symbolic vote of no confidence against Israel, with union President Jeff Bell vowing to ask the governor to consider removing Israel. The sheriff said then the vote reflected only "a small number" of BSO employees and the union representing the vast majority of employees "solidly supports the leadership of this agency."

In December, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, which is investigating the shooting, released its draft report. Some of the failures and missteps highlighted in the commission's report ranged from unlocked and unmanned gates on the Parkland campus to an inadequate public-address system. The report also said former Deputy Scot Peterson, the school resource officer, was "derelict in his duty" and "failed to act consistent with his training and fled to a position of personal safety" during the mass shooting. Peterson instructed deputies to stay away from the building where the shootings took place, the draft said.

Several responding Broward sheriff's deputies were either seen on camera or described as taking time to retrieve and put on ballistic vests as well as removing and replacing other equipment while shots were still being fired in the school, the report said.

The commission presented its final report to state officials on January 2.

CNN's Eli Watkins, Ray Sanchez and Tina Burnside contributed to this report.

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