Florida governor will be in Broward County, possibly to announce sheriff's suspension

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel speaks before the start of a CNN town hall meeting

Florida governor suspends Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel

Scott Israel is out as Broward County sheriff.

DeSantis formally announced the appointment of Gregory Tony as sheriff.

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.

His words drew a large applause from those in attendance.

Much of the perceived faults of the Broward Sheriff's Office were outlined in the lengthy Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission report submitted to the governor's office last week. For instance, the school officer on duty at MSD failed to enter the building where the shooting was taking place for minutes.

Speaking after several testimonies from Parkland loved ones, DeSantis echoed their criticisms of Israel.

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

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Israel plans to contest the suspension, according to the Associated Press.

In the weeks following the shooting, Israel argued that he had "given unbelievable leadership" and placed blame on his deputies.

"The Members of the House of Representatives are thankful that the Governor's plane landed safely after reporting mechanical difficulties", said Oliva, R-Miami.

Seventeen students and educators were killed on February 14 at the high school, after which the Broward County Sheriff Department's response that day hasbeen called into question.

Sheriff Israel has already said he intends to request a trial before the Florida Senate to fight for his job.

During the campaign, DeSantis originally said he would suspend Israel, but then backed off slightly, saying he would hold officeholders accountable.

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Since the Parkland shooting, in which 14 students and three staff members were killed, Israel and his office have been criticized for their response to the shooting.

Ryan Petty, father of Alaina Petty, said the failure of Israel's deputies to confront the shooter reflects deficient leadership in the sheriff's office. Israel fired back, calling it "disingenuous political grandstanding".

Israel, who has praised his own leadership as "exceptional", faced a vote of no confidence from his deputies in April but refused to step down or admit any wrongdoing.

DeSantis walked up to a podium outside the Broward Sheriff's Office headquarters near Fort Lauderdale, at around 4:45 p.m., Friday.

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

But Israel, clad in a suit and tie rather than his usual sheriff's uniform, said DeSantis' actions were motivated by politics, not facts. "You couldn't have anyone who would be more tailor-made for this position". Chadwick Wagner. "This is a decision that only the resident voters of Broward County should decide". "I look forward to continuing to work to serve my term over the next two years until 2020".

Meanwhile, backed by Kaplan and local black clergy, Israel said he isn't going away.

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"Let me be clear: I wholeheartedly reject the statements in the governor's executive order as lacking both legal merit and a valid factual basis", he said.

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