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New Florida governor suspends the sheriff over the school massacre

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. (AP) – New Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Friday over handling February massacres at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The Republican governor flew to Fort Lauderdale three days after taking his office to remove the democratic sheriff, appointing a former police sergeant as a serving sheriff. Gregory Tony, 40, worked for the Coral Springs police for 12 years before leaving in 2016 to start a business that specializes in active-shooter training. He is the first African American to serve as Broward's Sheriff. DeSanti's office issues a statement saying: "Sheriff Israel has repeatedly failed and has shown a pattern of bad leadership. He failed to protect Floridians and visitors during the tragic Fort Lauderdale International Airport shoot in 2017. He failed in his mission to keep our families and children safe during the devastating shot of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. These incidents show Sheriff Israel's recurrent incompetence and neglect of duty. "[19659002] The explanation added," The victims' families deserve accountability. " Israel was expected to issue a statement later in the afternoon. According to Florida law, the governor can cancel selected officials for criminal activity, misunderstanding, incompetence or neglect of customs. Israel intends to challenge the suspension to the State Senate, which will conduct a trial and then remove or restore him. Israel's lawyer, Stuart Kaplan, said this week that the sheriff was not doing anything that required removal and his future would be left to Broward…

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. (AP) – New Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Friday over handling February massacres at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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

DeSanti’s office issues a statement saying: “Sheriff Israel has repeatedly failed and has shown a pattern of bad leadership. He failed to protect Floridians and visitors during the tragic Fort Lauderdale International Airport shoot in 2017. He failed in his mission to keep our families and children safe during the devastating shot of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. These incidents show Sheriff Israel’s recurrent incompetence and neglect of duty. “[19659002] The explanation added,” The victims’ families deserve accountability. “

Israel was expected to issue a statement later in the afternoon.

According to Florida law, the governor can cancel selected officials for criminal activity, misunderstanding, incompetence or neglect of customs. Israel intends to challenge the suspension to the State Senate, which will conduct a trial and then remove or restore him. Israel’s lawyer, Stuart Kaplan, said this week that the sheriff was not doing anything that required removal and his future would be left to Broward voters in the 2020 election. Israel had been a sheriff for six years.

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USA – May 16: Ron DeSantis (R) Florida interviewed at Roll Call in Washington, DC (Photo by Douglas Graham / Roll Call)

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In April last year, DeSantis said he would have renounced Israel if he was governor but he later baked in the campaign and just said he would hold office owners responsible. DeSanta’s Republican predecessor, now-U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, refused to suspend Israel and said he wanted to wait until investigations into the February 14 shooting that left 17 dead were completed before they were decided.

Some parents of Stoneman Douglas victims and conservative state legislators began pushing Israel’s oysters shortly after the shot when it appeared that Broward’s deputy assigned to protect the school, Scot Peterson, had not entered the building to confront the shooter and his AR-15 semi-automatic rifles, but took shelter outside.

Other Broward alternates who arrived during the shooting did not come in, although officers from nearby Coral Springs – Ton’s former department – were burdened inside. Parents also based Israel saying during a national broadcast interview that he had provided “amazing leadership” in the shot aftermath.

“Nothing, nothing, nothing comes with my child or 16 others back, but there was failure everywhere you turned,” said Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime died in the shooter. “And after that failure, there was just a refusal to take responsibility and responsibility. I wish him well but it was time for a change.”

The heat increased after it learned that the sheriff’s office received a call in 2016 and another in 2017 warned that suspect Nikolas Cruz, now 20, was a potential school shooter but alternates ignored them. Deputies also had about 20 contacts with Cruz as a youth – mostly over arguments with their now deceased mother. Israel has said that none of these contacts justified an arrest – a conclusion that law enforcement members of the state commission investigating the shot have agreed.

However, Commissioners in their report finalized last week criticized Israel for earlier changing its office policy to say alternates “can” confront active shooters instead of “should”, giving deputies an apology for not charging the school. Israel told them he did not want alternates to believe they had to carry out suicide missions.

Commissioners also concluded that the department’s active shooter training had not been effective. Nevertheless, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, the Commission President and other law enforcement officials on the panel have said they did not believe Israel would be interrupted.

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An empty chair is seen in front of flowers and memories placed on a fence to celebrate victims’ mass photography at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, USA February 20, 2018. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Daniela Menescal, who was injured by shrapnel during the mass shooting at High School of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, wears a t-shirt with the names of the victims’ victims when she plays piano at her house in Parkland, Florida, USA, April 4, 2018. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Daniela Menescal (R), who was injured by shrapnel during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, attends a baseball player, her brother plays in, Parkland, Florida, USA, April 5, 2018. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Manuel Oliver, father of Joaquin Oliver, one of the victims of mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, crying is next to his family after painting a mural to celebrate the victims of the shooter and promoting gun control in Los Angeles, California, USA on April 7, 2018. Listening to his son’s favorite music, Oliver painted the mural from beginning to end, but as soon as he was done , he broke down and had to go into the hotel to mourn. Later he went out again to give interviews to the media to demand more gun control. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Manuel Oliver, father of Joaquin Oliver, one of the victims of mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, crying in his hotel room before painting a mural to celebrate the victim’s shot and promoting gun control in Los Angeles, California , USA, April 7, 2018. Minutes before leaving the hotel room to paint the mural, Oliver put on his son’s headphones and played his favorite music. Almost immediately he began to cry and he had to remove them. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A man looks at pictures of the victims of the mass photography in Parkland on the program during the graduation ceremony for students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Sunrise, Florida, USA, June 3, 2018 REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Manuel Oliver (R) and Patricia Padauy (2nd R), parents of Joaquin Oliver, one of the victims of mass photography at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, are watching the screen as they wait for backstage to get their son’s diploma during their Sunrise graduation ceremony, Florida, USA, June 3, 2018. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Patricia Padauy, mother of Joaquin Oliver, one of the victims of mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, holds her son’s diploma during her graduation ceremony in Sunrise, Florida, USA June 3, 2018. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School participate in their graduation ceremony in Sunris e, Florida, USA, 3rd year in 2018. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Manuel Oliver, father of Joaquin Oliver, one of the victims of mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, passes his son’s classmates during their graduation ceremony in Sunrise, Florida, USA, June 3, 2018 REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School attend their graduation ceremony in Sunrise, Florida, USA, June 3, 2018. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Daniela Menescal, who was injured by shrapnel during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, helps his brother to practice baseball at his house in Parkland, Florida, USA on April 4, 2018. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Autographed sports t-shirts, photos and placards are seen in the rooms of the ministers Joaquin Oliver , one of the victims of mass photography at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, at his house in Parkland, Florida, USA on April 11, 2018. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

The entrance to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is seen after the police’s security scope has been removed after a mass photography in Parkland, Florida, USA on February 18, 2018. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A media member drives a cart full of equipment in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, after a mass photography in Parkland, Florida, USA February 18, 2018. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A rubbish bin full of crime scene band is seen near the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School campus, after police security scope had been removed, after a mass photography in Parkland, Florida, USA on February 18, 2018. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Patricia Padauy, the mother of Joaquin Oliver, one of the victims of the mass photography at the High School of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, talks to a journalist during an interview before taking part in her son’s college graduation ceremony to get her dip loma, h emma in Parkland, Florida, USA, June 3, 2018. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Daniela Menescal, who was injured by shrapnel during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, is looking for his belongings inside her clear backpack at her Parkland house, Florida, USA, April 4, 2018. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

The initials of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and a sign are placed on the fence at Park Trails Elementary School, following a mass photography in Parkland, Florida, USA, April 9, 2018. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Manuel Oliver, father of Joaquin Oliver one of the victims of mass photography at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, is holding up a sign when painting a mural to celebrate the victim of shooting and promoting gun control in Los Angeles, California, USA, April 7, 2018. When painting the mural, Oliver listens to his son’s favorite music on his headphones. The mural shows his son the day he died, with flowers for his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Carlos Rodriguez (2nd R), student and shooting survivor of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, talks to his schoolmates and co-founder of the stories Otold, a movement created to encourage victims of acts of violence to share his stories, during a meeting in his house in Parkland, Florida, USA on April 10, 2018. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Pictures of Joaquin Oliver and Aaron Feis, victims of mass photography at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, seen in a cross placed in a park to celebrate the victims, in Parkland, Florida, USA on February 19, 2018. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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Israel 62, was elected sheriff in 2012 after a long career in law enforcement, the republican blamed his second attempt in the overwhelming democratic county. After serving, Israel, a republican party shortly before 2008, received criticism of his friendship with the notorious GOP operative Roger Stone, to promote Stein’s inexperience for detective and to accept gifts from a rich benefactor.

community leaders praised their work with homeless, minority and gay communities. Violations of violence went down and he easily won re-election in 2016 to monitor the county’s 2800 deputies.

For years, Israel has demanded more stringent arms laws in Florida, a position that created critics long before school shoots.

Shortly after Israel’s second term, a man began to pick up a gun from his luggage at Fort Lauderdale Airport and opened fire and killed five. While Israel’s deputies arrested him within 72 seconds, the draft of a county report said Israel and others were not controlling the chaos, causing passengers to shudder for hours. He criticized the draft, and the final version was less harsh – but many of the same communication problems that plagued the airport’s response repeatedly at Stoneman Douglas.

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