Suspended Parkland Sheriff Claims 'This Is About Politics — SOUR GRAPES


DeSantis was elected, in part, to do what he just did. Pollack said as he stood beside the new governor and Tony.

Almost one year after the tragic Parkland massacre, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel was officially dismissed from his job on Friday. "He failed in his duties to keep our families and children safe during the devastating shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School". "The MSD Commission found fault with nine different deputies' actions".

"The massacre might never have happened had Broward had better leadership in the Sheriff's Department", he said.

DeSantis, a Republican elected to the office in November and sworn in earlier this week, criticized the sheriff during his campaign and had signaled that he would have likely removed Israel from office.

"One more second and she makes it", Guttenberg said. "Today is a new chapter".

At the news conference, Israel was introduced by attorney Stuart Kaplan as "former Sheriff Scott Israel". He appointed former Coral Springs police Sgt. Gregory Tony to replace Israel. He is the county's first black sheriff, and he was reportedly recommended by the father of a Parkland victim. In that time he worked in narcotics, burglary investigation and served on the SWAT team for five years.

Tony's resume cites advanced degrees and he runs a company focused on active shooter training and response, including efforts to train civilians on "stop the bleed" techniques. "I look forward to continuing to work to serve my term over the next two years until 2020". "They have the community's interest at their heart, as do I". Israel had been sheriff six years.

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He vowed to defend his record in court and before the state Senate, which may hear his case.

Rick Scott in February, urging him to suspend Israel for "incompetence and neglect of duty". "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", the Sun-Sentinel said.

"This was about politics, not about Parkland", said Israel, who is a Democrat.

"No one was suspended after the Pulse shooting".

"I've given wonderful leadership to this agency", Israel said on CNN, weeks after the shooting. "The difference? I spoke out about gun violence". Kevin Chults and Maj. "This is about 17 lives lost, 17 lives that should not have been lost and could've been prevented", Loesch said.

When he won re-election in 2016, Israel captured more than 70 percent of the vote.

"He fails to listen to the people", Bell said of Israel, according to CNN.

Parkland families said they have high hopes for Tony.