‘Mechanical issues’ with DeSantis plane delay Sheriff Israel suspension announcement

Leroy Wright
January 13, 2019

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced today he is officially suspending Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. "I served the county honorably", he said in an evening news conference at the New Mount Olive Baptist Church, a historically black church in Fort Lauderdale. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody and four staffers experienced "mechanical issues" and made a pit stop in St. Petersburg on Friday as the new governor made his way to Fort Lauderdale.

"Sheriff Israel has repeatedly failed and has demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership", DeSantis said in a statement on Friday, accusing Israel of demonstrating "repeated incompetence and neglect of duty".

DeSantis' Republican predecessor, now-Sen.

Former Deputy Scot Peterson was derelict in his duty on February 14, 2018, failed to act consistently with his training and fled to a position of personal safety while Cruz shot and killed MSDHS students and staff. Peterson was in a position to engage Cruz and mitigate further harm to others, and he willfully decided not to do so.

But in a report finalized last week, commissioners criticized Israel for earlier changing his office's policy to say deputies "may" confront active shooters instead of "shall", giving deputies an excuse for not charging the school.

Flanked by his supporters and his wife Susan, Israel said he will be fighting his suspension.

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.

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"There was no wrongdoing on my part", Israel told reporters after he was removed from office. And furthermore, when Scott Israel had said that they had no legal means to go and arrest this murderer, actually that was a lie too.

Under Florida law, DeSantis has the right to suspend election officials accused of "criminal activity, misfeasance, incompetence or neglect of duty", according to ABC News.

"One more second, and she [would have made] it into the stairwell", he said. The sheriff said then the vote reflected only "a small number" of BSO employees and the union representing the vast majority of employees "solidly supports the leadership of this agency".

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

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

Some parents of students at the high school have criticized Israel and called for his removal.

Broward County Sheriff's Office training on active shooters was inadequate, according to the report, which also recommended arming teachers and spending more on school security and mental health to prevent similar mass shootings.

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