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Article by Bryan Howard
January 12, 2019
The new Governor of Florida Republican Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel from his post. DeSantis suspended Israel from his post due to his incompetence of handling the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that killed 17 people.
According to the Sun Sentinel, DeSantis stated in his executive order, “Sheriff Israel has repeatedly failed and has demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership. He failed to protect Floridians and visitors during the tragic Fort Lauderdale International Airport shooting in 2017. He failed in his duties to keep our families and children safe during the devastating shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018.”
DeSantis continued in the order. “These incidents demonstrate Sheriff’s Israel’s repeated incompetence and neglect of duty. The families of the victims deserve accountability. It is my job as Governor to ensure that the safety of our local communities, especially the safety of our children, is paramount. Government officials must be held accountable for their actions, and/or inactions. For these reasons, I am suspending Sheriff Israel from office effective immediately.”
The executive order comes after a state panel investigation found Broward Sheriff Department did not appropriately respond to the shooting.