BREAKING: Gov. DeSantis Suspends Sheriff Israel

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Posted: Jan 11, 2019 4:58 PM
BREAKING: Gov. DeSantis Suspends Sheriff Israel

Source: Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel

New Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel via an executive order on Friday and plenty of students and parents in the community are ready to cheer the decision.

Israel was criticized for his lackluster leadership in the aftermath of last February's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 17 people dead. In the days after the carnage, reports revealed how the Broward County Sheriff's Office ignored several red flags, and were guilty of several missteps during the actual shooting. For instance, the school officer on duty at MSD failed to enter the building where the shooting was taking place for minutes

Israel had created the department’s active-shooter policy which obviously let the community down. Asked for his own role in the department's shortcomings, however, Israel failed to take any responsibility. That will explain why several students and parents in Broward - including those on either side of the ideological spectrum -wanted him gone.

In an interview before DeSantis's decision, Israel's lawyer Stuart Kaplan said the sheriff plans to "respect the process" and may contest it.

One saving grace may be that Israel is now taking steps to correct their mistakes - although critics are wondering what took so long.

DeSantis is expected to replace Israel with former Coral Springs Police Sgt. Gregory Tony. He would be Broward County's first African-American sheriff.