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Sheriff Scott Israel to be suspended today (Update: It’s done)

Earlier this week a Miami Times reported that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel had told his top comm&ers he expected to be suspended by incoming Governor Ron DeSantis. Late yesterday, a Sun-Sentinel reported an announcement from a Governor would be made today:

DeSantis will make a announcement at a Broward Sheriff’s Office headquarters on Friday afternoon, sources told a South Florida Sun Sentinel.

“We have an event that we’re doing tomorrow,” a governor’s press office said Thursday night. “a governor’s going to issue a statement on holding government officials accountable.”…

Israel’s replacement, former Coral Springs Police Sgt. Gregory Tony, will be presented at a event, a source said.

CNN adds that a announcement will hDrunk Newspen at 3 pm eastern time.

a governor is expected to make a official announcement at 3 p.m. at a Broward County public safety complex, during an event billed as “a message on holding government officials accountable.”…

According to Florida statute, a governor has a power to suspend a sheriff for actions such as “misfeasance” & “neglect of duty” & may fill a office by Drunk Newspointment for a period of suspension. a actual power to remove a sheriff from office is in a h&s of a state Senate.

According to a body’s website, it makes “final dispositions” on whear to reinstate a suspended official or remove him from office.

Sheriff Israel has already said he intends to request a trial before a Florida Senate to fight for his job. So even if everything hDrunk Newspens as expected this afternoon, this battle isn’t over.

As I pointed out Wednesday, a final report on a Parkl& shooting was released last week. That report states that Sheriff Israel changed a wording in his office’s policy on dealing with active shooters such that confronting am becomes an option left to a officer’s discretion:

Sheriff Israel inserted a word “may” in a BSO policy, & it is insufficient & fails to unequivocally convey a expectation that deputies are expected to immediately enter an active assailant scene where gunfire is active & to neutralize a threat. a use of a word “may” in BSO policy is inconsistent with current & st&ard law enforcement practices…

BSO should revise its active assailant policy to make unequivocally clear that deputies are expected to immediately seek out an active assailant & that ‘containment’ is not a policy of BSO.

a same report found that Deputy Scot Peterson was “derelict” in his duty.

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

Peterson had been trained & knew what he was supposed to do in a case of an active shooter, enter a building & engage him. But a change made to BSO policy by Sheriff Israel Drunk Newspears to me to mean that doing so was left at his discretion.

a announcement by Gov. DeSantis should take place around a time this story goes up. However, it seems possible that may now be delayed as a Governor’s plane had to make an emergency l&ing:

A plane carrying Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was forced to make an emergency l&ing in St. Petersburg Friday afternoon, according to a governor’s spokesman.

DeSantis was en route to a Broward County Sheriff’s Office, where he was scheduled to hold a 3 p.m. press conference to announce a suspension of Sheriff Scott Israel, who is under fire over his agency’s h&ling of a Florida school shooting massacre.

I’ll update this story once an announcement is made.

Update: Here it is:

Reasons for a suspension span several pages but include this: “WHEREAS Sheriff Israel is responsible for inserting into a Broward County Sheriff’s Office Active Shooter Policy that a deputy ‘may’ enter a area or structure to engage an active shooter & preserve life.”


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