UPDATE 4:48 pm: Gov. DeSantis suspends Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel immediately. Police Sgt. Gregory Tony instated as new department sheriff.
All week Gov. Ron DeSantis has been dropping hints about Sherrif Scott Israel’s future as the Broward County sheriff after Israel came under heavy criticism following the disastrous response to the deadly Parkland high school shooting. Finally, Gov. DeSantis addresses Sheriff Israel's position and it's not looking good for him, at all.
On February 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, an action that ultimate killed seventeen students and staff members and injured seventeen others.
The Broward County sheriff department had reportedly received at least 45 calls dating as far back as 2008 and as recent as 2017 in reference to Cruz, his brother, or the family home. One of the calls was an anonymous tip made on February 5, 2016, about Cruz threatening to shoot up the school, and another on November 30, 2017, that he might be a "school shooter in the making." The calls were not properly followed up and many people are suggesting it was because of Israel's inaction that the shooting was able to be carried through.
To make matters worse, it appears as though Israel was not transparent about the tips, stating that his office received only 23 calls about Cruz over the previous decade. CNN's public records request proved otherwise.
Huge makeshift memorial to Parkland shooting victims sits outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School amid nationwide walkouts over gun violence. https://t.co/hhSRIr4hO8 #NationalWalkoutDay pic.twitter.com/yYlF1PwReV— ABC News (@ABC) March 14, 2018
Ever since the shooting, the public has not held back their feelings of Israel - many of which have been calling for his suspension, however, only a Governor can remove a sheriff from duty, and Gov. DeSantis will be making his final decision public this afternoon. He previously stated that he will be "holding government officials accountable," and now everyone is preparing for him to suspend Israel.
#scottisrael today at 3pm will be the start of a very good year. #DeSantis to announce at BSO capable new sheriff. No more ineptitude or narcissistic sherif. We can now move forward safer and with a piece of mind! God Bless you Governor DeSantis!— Jon G. B. (@jonhbunt) January 11, 2019
Bye Bye #scottisrael! You should have been fired months ago! You are a DISGRACE to the great men and woman of The #BSO and all of Broward County. #Shill #Fraud #WorstBrowardCountySheriffOfAllTime - Times UP! #WWG1WGA #PatriotsFIGHT— VOICE of DANCE MUSIC (@damianpinto) January 11, 2019
According to an article posted by the Miami Herald this morning, DeSantis intends to name retired Coral Springs Police Sgt. Gregory Tony as Broward’s interim sheriff. If the predictions are correct, this would make Tony Broward County's first black sheriff.
The announcement is scheduled for 3 p.m. today.