Broward Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Gregory Tony Pledges To Support Police Reform Initiatives

Jun 18, 2020
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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony is signing a police reform pledge to the community and vowing to support the creation of a citizens panel to review deputy misconduct.

Tony has made reform a theme of his campaign, tapping into recent protests calling attention to police brutality.

BSO Deputy Fired After Parkland Shooting Will Get His Job Back

May 14, 2020
MATIAS J. OCNER / MIAMI HERALD

The Broward Sheriff’s Office sergeant who was the first supervisor to respond to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and lost his job after it was found he hid behind his car as the first shots rang out, will be reinstated, awarded full back pay and get back his seniority, the BSO Deputies Association said Wednesday.

Sgt. Brian Miller was one of the four deputies who were terminated because of a “neglect of duty” in the Feb. 14, 2018, Parkland shooting, which killed 17 students and faculty members and injured another 17.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony Says '93 Shooting He Kept Secret Was ‘Clear Self-Defense’

May 4, 2020
David Santiago / MIAMI HERALD

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony killed a man with his father’s revolver at his home in Philadelphia when he was 14. But he said Sunday that he kept the shooting secret and didn’t disclose it when applying to the Coral Springs Police Department — or when he was appointed sheriff last year by Florida’s governor — because he was exonerated in juvenile court.

Now, exactly 27 years to the day it happened, the old killing has come back to haunt Tony after Florida Bulldog published a story Saturday detailing the May 3, 1993 shooting and raising questions about what happened.

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

South Florida counties and cities are asking people to stay home to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

 

But how enforceable is social distancing? WLRN spoke with Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony about where the agency is currently focusing its efforts. 

 

Gregory Tony
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

When Gregory Tony was appointed January 2019 by new Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to take over leadership from suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, he inherited a law enforcement agency that had been heavily criticized and lost public trust following officers' response to the 2018 Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  

Just over a year later, Tony hosted a media 'open house' Thursday at the Public Safety Complex on West Broward Boulevard to review his first year at the helm of BSO.

Ex-Broward Sheriff Scott Israel: Court Battle Should Continue

Feb 4, 2020
Miami Herald File

TALLAHASSEE — Arguing that proceedings resulting in his ouster “were little more than a sham,” former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel wants a federal judge to reject a request by Senate President Bill Galvano and Gov. Ron DeSantis to toss out a lawsuit challenging Israel’s removal from office.

SaferWatch App Implemented For Houses Of Worship In Broward

Jan 27, 2020
Wayne K. Roustan / South Florida Sun Sentinel

About 850 churches, synagogues, temples and other houses of worship will have access to the same anonymous tipster app that more than 440 schools use in Broward County.

Sheriff Gregory Tony announced Friday the extension the agency’s SaferWatch partnership to the religious community so that users can report non-emergency incidents and crime tips in real time directly to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

The Broward Sheriff’s deputy whose violent slamming of a high school teenager’s head on the pavement was captured on a cellphone video was fired this week despite the recommendation of an oversight board that he keep his job.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said during a press conference at the Broward Sheriff’s Office headquarters in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday that Deputy Christopher Krickovich’s actions back in April were unreasonable and unnecessary.

PEDRO PORTAL / MIAMI HERALD

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony on Monday officially launched his campaign for next year’s high-stakes election, setting up a showdown with his predecessor who was ousted from the post after the Parkland school shooting.

Tony, a Democrat who is making his first run for elected office, has a formidable opponent among the eight other candidates — ousted Sheriff Scott Israel, who was elected in 2012 and 2016 and wants his old job back.

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

A Broward sheriff’s deputy has been fired for punching an arrested man handcuffed to a hospital bed on Jan. 2, an act caught on the cop’s bodycam video.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony announced the termination Wednesday morning.

AP

The statewide commission investigating the Parkland shooting is working on a second school safety report, which is expected to be submitted to the governor by Nov. 1.

News Service of Florida

Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel faced a legislative showdown Monday in the fight to get his job back, amid procedural wrangling that began before senators even began considering his fate.

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Broward Sheriff’s Det. Ralph Mackey, the first of three deputies accused of lying about the head-slamming takedown of a teenager in Tamarac, was found not guilty Thursday. The verdict is a possible sign that the viral videos of the encounter may not be enough to convince jurors that law enforcement used excessive force.

“The jury’s verdict today stands as a complete rejection of the Facebook-frenzy prosecution against Det. Ralph Mackey,” said his lawyer, Robert Buschel. “It was a politically motivated prosecution, and the verdict bore that out."

A special master appointed by the Florida Senate is recommending reinstatement for Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended the sheriff in January, citing the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in which 17 people died.

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