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USSheriff Scott Israel removed over failures during Parkland shooting

01:06  12 january  2019
01:06  12 january  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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

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

Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County, Fla., has faced blistering criticism from family members of the Parkland shooting victims. On Wednesday, during his first full day in office, Mr. DeSantis indicated that he planned to take action quickly on Sheriff Israel ’s future, though he has not suspended him yet.

Broward County's sheriff , the object of fierce criticism over the handling of the Parkland massacre, told his top commanders that he will be removed from 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

Sheriff Scott Israel removed over failures during Parkland shooting© Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS Sheriff Scott Israel speaks at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission meeting on Nov. 15, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla. Israel told his otop commanders that he will be removed from office by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Florida 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.

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.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told staff he’s being suspended over BSO’s handling of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school shooting . 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

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel , who faced criticism over his department’s response to the deadly Parkland , Florida school shooting last year, was officially suspended by newly sworn-in 17 people were killed during the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland .

DeSantis announced the suspension from the Broward Sheriff's Office headquarters, while the displaced former sheriff prepared a response from a black church in northwest Fort Lauderdale.

The suspension caps a nearly yearlong 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.

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The fate of the sheriff from the Parkland shooting lands in the Florida governor's lap. Miami (CNN) Broward County sheriff 's deputies took a largely symbolic vote of no confidence against embattled Sheriff Scott Israel , but their leader says he plans to press the issue with Florida Gov.

Controversy over Parkland shooting is political and personal for Sheriff Scott Israel . “The failures of Sheriff Israel and his deputies during and after the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, and their failures to intervene regarding Nikolas Jacob Cruz in the

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Though he enjoyed strong popularity in Broward before the shooting, Israel's star fell in the aftermath, particularly after a disastrous appearance on CNN in which he praised his own leadership and glossed over his agency's mistakes.

Many family members of victims and people in Parkland, where the school is located, blame Israel for the agency's handling of the teenage killer during interactions before the shooting, and for the way it handled the situation on the day of the massacre.

The Florida Constitution gives the governor power to suspend public officials for "malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty." Governors routinely remove public officials who are arrested or charged with crimes, but it is unusual to remove an officeholder who does not face criminal charges.

Prosecutors want Parkland school shooting trial to start this year, but defense opposes

Prosecutors want Parkland school shooting trial to start this year, but defense opposes FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Parkland school shooting is not a mystery to be solved. The defendant doesn't deny committing the crime. And there's no sense in putting off the inevitable, prosecutors said Tuesday. Nikolas Cruz should go to trial by the end of the year, senior prosecutor Jeff Marcus said, asking Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer to consider setting a trial date as early as September. "It's a pretty straightforward case that does not require years and years to prepare for," Marcus said.

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 Bill Hager, a Republican lawmaker from Boca Raton, is calling on Scott to remove Israel from office

Sheriff Scott Israel , who faced criticism over his department’s response to the deadly Parkland He failed in his duties to keep our families and children safe during the devastating shooting at Calls for Israel to resign came shortly after the deadly shooting unfolded and in April, the Broward

It was the second removal of a countywide elected official in Broward in two months. Former Gov. Rick Scott suspended elections supervisor Dr. Brenda Snipes at the end of November. Snipes had already submitted a letter of resignation.

Among those present at the sheriff's headquarters were state Rep. Chip LaMarca, R- Lighthouse Point.

"It's important that I am here to support the decision," LaMarca said.

Israel is expected to respond to the suspension later Friday from a news conference at the New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, one of the city's oldest black churches.

Broward Sheriff's Sgt. Anthony Marciano, president of the Federation of Public Employees union, representing detention deputies, courtroom deputies and others, said Israel made some missteps: He spoke publicly too soon, when investigations were still going on; he didn't take responsibility; and he unnecessarily "poked a big bear that he didn't need to poke" when he addressed the National Rifle Association, Marciano said.

But Marciano said Israel's fate would have better been left to voters.

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Ron DeSantis (R) will soon fire Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel over his mishandling of the police response to the Parkland shooting in February One might have expected a sheriff who presided over such a disaster—a disaster very possibly made worse by his office's myriad failures —to come

Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County said he will not resign, despite mounting questions over how his office handled the Parkland school shooting . Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County, Fla., spoke to reporters the day after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, with the

"I listened to all the MSD commission meetings, and the sheriff said one thing that should have resonated everybody: 'You can't teach courage to people,'" Marciano said.

Rod Skirvin, president of the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, which is attempting to regain representation of deputies, said the public's confidence in Israel was shaken.

"I think sometimes situations dictate that change has to be made just to give things a fresh face and new beginnings," Skirvin said.

Jeff Bell, head of the deputies' International Union of Police Associations and a member of DeSantis' transition team, had a more harsh assessment.

"He has turned this agency, the largest fully accredited sheriff's office in the country, into a political machine for his own well-being," Bell said. "He's incompetent and should be removed permanently before anyone else is killed on his watch."

The new sheriff, Tony, worked for 12 years as an officer and then sergeant in Coral Springs. His former boss, Coral Springs Chief Clyde Parry, said Tony had a "bright future" and he was sorry to see him leave the agency in 2016.

Tony and his wife, Holly, a nurse, operate Blue Spear Solutions, which specializes in active-shooter training and provides threat assessments on schools and other businesses.

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(Staff writers Skyler Swisher and Tonya Alanez contributed to this report.)

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For Students Of Color At Parkland, More Security Doesn’t Mean More Safety.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission unanimously approved its final report last week, with hundreds of pages’ worth of investigation and recommendations now going to the governor’s office and the Florida legislature for action. “We will not wait,” the 439-page report reads in part. “We will be vigilant and we, like the legislature, expect compliance and change with urgency.” The report is an in-depth analysis of the Parkland shooting in February 2018 that left 17 students and staff members dead. It documents extensive shortcomings in the school’s security measures prior to the shooting, and outlines deficiencies in the police response.

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