Trumpy Governor Suspends Cowardly Sheriff
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.
“The governor has not said anything to us, directly or indirectly, as to whether or not the sheriff is going to be suspended,’’ Kaplan said. “He is working and continues to serve the citizens of Broward County.’’
But the Boward Sheriff's union delegate told reporters that Israel's ouster is imminent.
The 61-year-old sheriff concedes that mistakes were made in the months preceding the shooting and in the immediate aftermath but argues they weren't serious enough to warrant a suspension.
By the time the Coconut Creek Police Department arrested Nikolas Cruz – he had killed 17 people.