Newly-elected Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is about to drop the hammer on Sheriff Scott Israel!
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is to be suspended over his response to the Parkland shooting.
The undersheriff is also expected to resign.
It’s about time!
The suspension is imminent and according to law enforcement sources, Israel is packing up his office.
Miami Herald reported:
It appears that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is preparing to pack up his office.
The two-term sheriff, the object of fierce criticism over BSO’s handling of the Parkland massacre, told his top commanders that he will be removed from office by Gov. Ron DeSantis, sources have told the Miami Herald.
DeSantis, who was sworn in Tuesday morning, had not made a formal announcement of a possible suspension. Israel’s discussions with staff about his ouster was first reported by Miami New Times.
Stuart N. Kaplan, one of Israel’s lawyers, said Israel was in his office at the public safety building in Fort Lauderdale working on Tuesday.
But Jeff Bell, BSO’s union chief, said Israel told his staff on Monday that his ouster was inevitable.
“We know that he is telling everyone at the public safety building that he is going to be gone,’’ said Bell, who was at DeSantis’ swearing-in ceremony in Tallahassee on Tuesday.
Several candidates have been mentioned as possible replacements, including former Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti, a Republican like DeSantis. But Bell would not indicate whether the union was backing anyone.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, refused to take responsibility for failing to confront gunman Nikolas Cruz as he shot dead 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February of 2018.
Three Broward County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene but were standing outside the school.
Since the shooting last February, Republican lawmakers have been calling for the firing of Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.