‘I’m Here To Serve’: New Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony On New Position

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Andrew Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter Meadow died on the third floor trying to protect a younger student who also died, said "when eight BSO deputies listened to shots fired in a school and stayed outside they were following Sheriff Israel's policies".

"The massacre might never have happened had Broward had better leadership in the sheriff's department", DeSantis said during a news conference outside the Broward Sheriff's Office headquarters in Fort Lauderdale on Friday.

During the campaign, DeSantis originally said he would suspend Israel, but then backed off slightly, saying he would hold officeholders accountable.

Israel, a Democrat, has served as the elected sheriff of the agency with 5,800 employees since 2013.

Kaplan said Israel is barred under the suspension from communicating with Gregory Tony, the new sheriff.

The governor's executive order [PDF] excoriates Israel not just over the horrific Parkland shooting, but for similar failures and lack of leadership regarding the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting in 2017.

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"These incidents demonstrate Sheriff Israel's repeated incompetence and neglect of duty". Sheriff Israel repeatedly defended their actions and his own when asked about the failures by the investigating commission.

An investigative report released last week by a public safety commission detailed the failings of law enforcement officers in response to the shooting. "It is my intention to embark on this enormous task to restore the confidence of families and residents of Broward County toward the Broward Sheriff's Office, which also requires that I fix the problems that exist".

Last April, DeSantis said he would have suspended Israel if he were governor.

"True leaders like Governor DeSantis are willing to make the tough decisions that may not always be the most popular choices", Bell said.

Israel claimed the NRA "controls" DeSantis, vowed to "vigorously" fight his suspension in court and before the Florida Senate, and made it clear he continues to believe the impetus for the Parkland massacre was "gun violence".

They said the policy as written provided deputy's discretion on whether to confront the shooter.

According to the Miami New Times, Tony has extensive training in active shooter response.

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