Gov. Ron DeSantis is reportedly making an important announcement from Broward Sheriff’s Office headquarters on Friday afternoon
The governor is expected to make his announcement about embattled Sheriff Scott Israel’s fate.
Sheriff Israel’s attorney tells 850WFTL that he will fight any suspension.
“We have an event that we’re doing tomorrow,” the governor’s press office said Thursday night. “The governor’s going to issue a statement on holding government officials accountable.”
The governor will be accompanied by Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez and Attorney General Ashley Moody.
DeSants is expected to drop the hammer at Sheriff Office headquarters, the Ron Cochran Public Safety Complex in Fort Lauderdale at 3:00 p.m.
DeSantis press office declined to elaborate on the specifics such as who would replace the sheriff if he is ousted.
During his inaugural address the governor did reiterate his desire to remove those elected officials implicated in wrongdoing.
Sheriff Israel has been blamed for the department’s failure to engage the shooter during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre where 17 people died.
Sheriff Israel’s attorney, Stuart Kaplan, confirms exclusively to 850WFTL that former Coral Springs Police Sgt. Gregory Tony will replace the sheriff as the first African-American to hold the position of Broward’s top cop. Kaplan also told Jen and Bill this morning that Sheriff Israel will fight if he is suspended.
Friday, Gov. DeSantis is expected to name Broward’s first African-American sheriff, Gregory Tony, replacing Sheriff Israel
A former Coral Springs cop, he runs his own security firm, is friend of a Parkland dad & was an FSU walk-on who was named a starter
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