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Sun Sentinel

Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein is calling for an investigation after two inmates were found dead and a third mutilated himself at the Broward Main Jail, reports the Sun Sentinel.

“I hereby demand that you immediately investigate the high number and frequency of deaths within the jails,” Finkelstein wrote in a letter Tuesday to Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony, whose office runs the jail.

Jacob Langston / Orlando Sentinel

Along with bandages, hypodermic needles and oxygen tanks, Florida paramedics can now carry firearms into high-risk situations.

On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis approved a bill that allows paramedics to arm themselves when responding to situations like mass shootings or hostage standoffs.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

A new group for young black activists in Broward County is being formed, in part as a response to the recent police beating of a 15-year-old black boy in Tamarac.

Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward is starting a youth chapter, called the black youth assembly, in June. The group announced the plans at a community forum on Monday night at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Oakland Park.

Teen arrest
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

A nationally recognized civil rights attorney has gotten involved in a case involving a Tamarac teen whose forceful arrest was captured in a video that went viral last week.

Ben Crump represented the family of Trayvon Martin after he was shot to death in 2012. Now he's representing 15 year-old Delucca Rolle, who was seen in the video being pepper sprayed by Broward Sheriff's Deputies. His head was repeatedly slammed against the pavement in a McDonald's parking lot.

Mike Stocker / South Florida Sun Sentinel

A week after an unarmed black teen was forcefully arrested by white deputies, nationally renowned civil rights attorney Ben Crump and NAACP leaders are calling for criminal charges to be filed against the cops.

Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel lost his fight Tuesday to have the Florida Supreme Court return him to duty.

The court ruled that Gov. Ron DeSantis had the constitutional authority to suspend Israel for lapses in his agency when responding to mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland and the Fort Lauderdale airport.

Israel argued the suspension was politically motivated and usurped the will of voters.

He can still fight his suspension in the Florida Senate, which is responsible for upholding or overturning the governor’s suspension.

Sun Sentinel

A 15-year-old student met with his lawyer and prosecutors Tuesday just days after his head was slammed against the pavement in a forceful off-campus arrest that has drawn a public outcry.

The high-profile legal team representing Delucca “Lucca” Rolle, a student at J.P. Taravella High School, wants the charges against the teen dropped, as prosecutors confirmed they’re investigating the encounter between him and deputies.

Sun Sentinel

Broward sheriff’s deputies pepper-sprayed, tackled and punched teens while responding to an after-school call near J.P. Taravella High School on Thursday afternoon, video shot by a student shows.

The footage shows at least two deputies take a boy down, bang his forehead into the pavement and repeatedly punch him in the head.

Lawyer For Suspended Broward Sheriff Urges Focus On 'Facts'

Feb 19, 2019
News Service Of Florida

A lawyer representing suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel asked a Senate special master Tuesday to ensure an upcoming hearing is focused on the facts behind Israel’s ouster and not on "emotional evidence" surrounding last year's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Shortly after taking office in January, Gov. Ron DeSantis stripped Israel from the post, accusing the Democrat of “neglect of duty” and “incompetence” related to the massacre in Parkland that left 17 victims dead and 17 others injured.

Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Since his ouster more than two weeks ago, which he called a political “power grab,” suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has been adamant that he would challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to remove him from office.

AMY BETH BENNETT VIA AP POOL / WLRN

The legal team defending the confessed-Parkland shooter argued in front of a Broward Circuit judge Friday morning that the state commission investigating the shooting should not have had access to Nikolas Cruz's confidential medical and mental health records. 

The team of public defenders, led by attorney Melisa McNeill, asked Judge Elizabeth Scherer to hold the Broward Sheriff's Office in contempt of court for releasing Cruz's confidential medical and mental health records to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission. 

Peter Haden / WLRN

Gov. Ron DeSantis has officially removed and suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. 

DeSantis, sworn in as governor Tuesday, visited the Broward Sheriff's Office headquarters in Fort Lauderdale  Friday afternoon to put weeks of rumors about Israel's fate to rest.

 

"I have no interest in dancing on Scott Israel's political grave," DeSantis told a cheering crowd. "Just suffice it to say that the massacre might never have happened if Broward had better leadership in the sheriff's department."

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected on Friday to suspend Broward Sheriff Scott Israel and replace him with a former Coral Springs police sergeant with a background in active shooter training.

DeSantis will make the announcement at the Broward Sheriff’s Office headquarters on Friday afternoon, a source said.

“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.”

Miami Herald

It appears that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is preparing to pack it in, for now.

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 told the Miami Herald.

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