fort lauderdale airport shooting

After Chaotic Handling Of Parkland, Airport Mass Shootings, BSO Loses Its Accreditation

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Joe Cavaretta / South Florida Sun Sentinel

A state panel has voted unanimously to revoke the law enforcement accreditation of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the largest sheriff’s office in Florida.

The loss of accreditation — a voluntary certification sought by law enforcement agencies — won’t affect BSO’s operations in a major way. But it is a further blow to the agency’s prestige at a time when a new command staff, including a new sheriff, are dealing with a string of failures and questionable conduct by deputies.

C.M. GUERRERO / Miami Herald

Calling his mass shooting “85 seconds of evil,” a federal judge Friday sentenced Esteban Santiago to life in prison for killing five travelers and injuring five other people at a Fort Lauderdale airport last year.

Miami Herald File

An Alaska man pleaded guilty Wednesday in exchange for a life prison sentence in the Florida airport shooting that killed five people and wounded six, blaming his rampage on severe mental illness a psychologist said is now under control.

Miami Herald File

A military veteran charged with killing five people and wounding six others at the Fort Lauderdale airport last year will plead guilty in exchange for not facing the death penalty, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Prosecutors disclosed their decision after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions weighed in on the death penalty question in the murder trial of 27-year-old Esteban Santiago. Sessions, who had final say, received input from prosecutors and defense attorneys in South Florida as well as a panel of experts at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C.