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


The Florida sheriff whose office responded to the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland will be suspended by the state's new governor Friday, a source familiar with the process told CNN.

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel refused to resign for almost a year but on Friday, he was suspended and replaced by former Coral Springs Police Department Lt. Gregory Tony. "Just suffice it to say, the massacre might never have happened had Broward had better leadership in the Sheriff's Department".

"His statement came minutes after the state's new governor, Ron DeSantis, announced he was suspending Israel".

CBS4 has learned Governor Ron DeSantis signed the executive order removing embattled Broward Sheriff Scott Israel Friday afternoon while heading to the BSO parking lot.

DeSantis said during a news conference outside the sheriff's office headquarters that Israel failed to keep families and children safe before and during the February 14 shooting that left 14 students and three staff members dead inside the three-story freshman building. Rick Scott, had refused to suspend Israel, saying he wanted to wait until investigations into the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead were complete before deciding.

Israel had created the department's active-shooter policy which obviously let the community down.

Chadwick Wagner both listed the unjust suspension of Israel in their separation forms.

Israel said he intends to "vigorously fight this unjustified suspension", calling it the fulfillment of a political promise, and looks forward to returning to office soon. The Florida Senate would make the final decision. The actual power to remove the sheriff from office is in the hands of the state Senate.

"There certainly were mistakes made, " Kaplan said.

"His expertise are in things like active shooters, defending schools", DeSantis said.

"One more second and she makes it", Guttenberg said.

"For these reasons, I am suspending Sheriff Israel from office effective immediately", he wrote.

Israel, a Democrat who has served as the elected sheriff of the agency with 5,800 employees since 2013, accused the newly elected Republican governor of a power grab.

"I've given incredible leadership to this agency", Israel said on CNN, weeks after the shooting.

Israel has resisted calls for his resignation, including from some parents whose children were victims of the Parkland school shooting. "These incidents demonstrate Sheriff Israel's repeated incompetence and neglect of duty".

With Israel gone, Andrew Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter Meadow died in the Parkland shooting, said he still wants to see Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie removed.