Karmas a bitch. When his deputies stood and did nothing during the parkland shooting, he defended their actions. This is the consequence for negligence. This is the same Sheriff that was quoted in an earlier article stating, “If Deputy Didn’t Have the Heart to Go In, That’s Not My Responsibility”. Uh… Yes it is. Their actions are a clear reflection of his leadership. Despite this fact Several amazing off duty officers from other departments ran toward the gun fire to save lives risking not only their lives but their careers as well.
Many called for his resignation earlier last year and Gov. Rick Scott failed to deliver. However the newly appointed Florida Governor wasted no time in making this happen. Citing Sheriff Israels neglect of duty, repeated failures, and incompetence as the reasons for his suspension.
Effective immediately, I am officially suspending Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for his repeated failures, incompetence and neglect of duty. https://t.co/tkHzxTHhjH
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 11, 2019
According to FoxNews 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 new Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday. DeSantis formally announced the appointment of Gregory Tony as sheriff. Tony, a former Coral Springs Police sergeant, will be Broward County’s first African-American sheriff, according to a statement released by the governor.
“It is my intention to embark on this enormous task to restore the confidence of families and residents of Broward County toward the Broward Sherriff’s Office, which also requires that I fix the problems that exist,” Tony said.
Calls for Israel to resign came shortly after the deadly shooting unfolded and in April, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association voted “no confidence” in him. The association cited the national criticism surrounding Israel and his office following the shooting.
Minutes after DeSantis’ announcement, Israel said he would fight the suspension…
Remember this is the same sheriff that harassed a parkland shooting survivor over pictures of going to the range with his father,
It was great learning about our inalienable right of #2A and how to properly use a gun. This was my first time ever touching a gun and it made me appreciate the #Constitution even more. My instructor was very informative; I learnt a lot. #2A is important and we need 2 preserve 2A pic.twitter.com/4rcOZbpl88
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) April 21, 2018
Broward county even spent $200,000 trying to sweep the sheriffs failure to act on the parkland shooters warning signs and previous calls under the rug.
Even the Broward Sheriffs Union wanted him gone.
Broward Sheriff’s union votes no confidence in Sheriff Scott Israel – say he’s a liar, they’re understaffed and demoralized. @WPBF25News
— Terri Parker (@wpbf_terri) April 26, 2018
Even though Ex-Sheriff Israel says he plans to fight the suspension we’re pretty sure there is more than enough proof to hold up in a court of law to keep him from ever coming back…
With that said. Good Riddance and we wish Sheriff Gregory Tony the best of luck! He has a big job ahead of him.