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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Governor Ron DeSantis announced Friday afternoon that he had signed a decree removing the mandate of Sheriff Broward Scott Israel.
Governor Ron DeSantis was at the Broward sheriff's office where he made a brief statement that he had suspended the sheriff. DeSantis was joined by the parents of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.
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"I have no interest in dancing to Scott Israel's political grave," DeSantis said. "Suffice to say that the slaughter could never happen if Broward had had better leadership in the sheriff's department."
The family members of the Parkland victims applauded his decision.
"You have to take into account the multiple failures that happened that day and when there are so many levels of failure, you have to consider leadership as not doing your best," said Tony Montalto, whose daughter , Gina, dead in the shooting.
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter, Jaime, died at MSD, said that he thought that a change at the top of BSO would make a difference. He cited Israel's flawed decisions – such as changing an active shooter policy to give deputy ministers the discretion to confront an active shooter.
"Choices have consequences," said Guttenberg. "The choice of" can "go against" must "come in, there are consequences, I really think that changing the top, a different philosophy and different decisions about the staff will make the difference."
The decree signed by DeSantis set out a long record of deposing Israel.
It includes many points, including: the deputy ministers who did not follow specific advice about the avowed school shooter threatening to do violence against MSD before the murder, the fact that the deputy mayor school resources, Scot Peterson, did not visit the Freshman building at the start of the shootings, the others rushed to the shots, the lack of regular training of the active shooter and the shifter's policy change active.
The new sheriff is Gregory Tony, a retired police sergeant from Coral Springs. His resume states that he is a former SWAT member. He holds a PhD and directs a company specializing in active shooting training. He also focused on efforts to train civilians on stopping techniques, a particularly important point for the families of Parkland victims.
Tony said his goal is to provide the best possible law enforcement to the citizens of Broward County.
"I'm not here for any kind of grand politics or agenda," Tony said. "I am here to serve. I am here to provide you with the best leadership possible. "
Under Florida law, the governor has the power to suspend the sheriff for acts such as "breach of duty" and "negligence in duty" and may perform his duties by appointment for a period of suspension. The current power to dismiss the sheriff is in the hands of the Senate of the State.
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According to the state Senate website, it makes "final decisions" on the opportunity to reinstate or dismiss a suspended official.
Tony will be the first African-American sheriff of the county.
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That's Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow died during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre, reportedly recommended Tony.
– Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) January 11, 2019
During his campaign last year, DeSantis repeatedly stated that Israel should be suspended for the way that he and his office handled the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Seventeen people died and 17 others were injured on Valentine's Day when self-proclaimed shooter Nikolas Cruz walked through an open door into the MSD recruit building and opened fire.
At a meeting of the MSD Security Commission in November, Israel was asked to answer questions.
He was questioned about the perceived lack of urgency on the part of the first deputies who arrived at the school, who in some cases did not immediately go to the shoot and did not attend annual training at the school. active shot.
Israel said that all MPs convicted of acting inappropriately or acting would be treated.
Commissioners also questioned Israel about BSO's policy on deputies dealing with an active shooter.
According to them, the policy as written left the deputy minister with the discretion to decide whether to confront the shooter.
Alaina Petty was killed in the MSD shootout. His father, Ryan, said that the failure of OSB deputies to rush into the first-year building to face the shooter and that an active shooting policy allowing them to not doing so are evidence of a failure of the agency's management.
"I called Sheriff Israel to resign and he refused to do so. I later asked for his dismissal and I hope the governor will do so today, "he said.
Petty said that those who were responsible for reacting to the shooting had not acted fast enough or enough to repair the mistakes made.
"The reaction of those who had the responsibility to ensure the safety of our children and our teachers still did not recognize the mistakes made that day and tried to change them," he said. .
"I think BSO needs a different leader," said Debbie Hixon, whose husband, Chris, was killed during the MSD massacre.
Hixon said the inaction of several MPs when shots were fired in a school building as a sign of leadership failure.
"All the other people who reacted in a very similar way reacted in a very similar way, so it's more of a systemic problem than an individual acting alone," she said.
Jeff Bell, president of the Sheriff's Sheriff's Office Deputies Association, said the Sheriff had not focused on training, among other criticisms.
"There is a big cultural change to make," he said. "I think we will soon have the opportunity."
If it is withdrawn, Israel may oppose this decision in the Florida Senate or possibly in the courts.