New Florida Governor Ron DeSantis removed Broward Sheriff Scott Israel from office Friday, replacing him after 10 months of turmoil spawned by the slaughter of 17 staff and students in Parkland. DeSantis replaced Israel with former Coral Springs Police Sgt. Gregory Tony, 40, who has a background in active-shooter training and becomes the first black sheriff in Broward County’s history.
CBS “I have no interest in dancing on Scott Israel’s political grave,” DeSantis said of the Democratic former sheriff, “but suffice it to say the massacre might never have happened had Broward had better leadership in the sheriff’s department.” Israel had changed the agency’s policy from deputies “shall” go in after an active shooter, to they “may” go in — another flaw cited by DeSantis.
What’s more, Sheriff Israel’s controversial appointment of a Muslim representative of Hamas-linked CAIR, Nezar Hamze, as Deputy Sheriff, had caused outrage around the county, with many calling for the ouster of both the sheriff and his sharia-compliant deputy. (See link below)
The new Sheriff is Gregory Tony, a retired Police Sergeant from Coral Springs. His resume says he is a former SWAT member He has a doctorate and runs a company that specializes in active shooter training. He’s also been focused on efforts to train civilians on stop the bleed techniques — a particular point of emphasis for families of the Parkland victims.