Parkland school shooting

Cruz
Carline Jean / South Florida Sun Sentinel via pool / WLRN

The confessed-Parkland school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, had a bandage across the bridge of his nose as he stood and raised his handcuffed hand to address a Broward County Courtroom on Wednesday afternoon. 

 

Cruz spoke for himself under oath, instead of letting his team of public defenders speak for him as he has done in the past. He told Judge Elizabeth Scherer that he waives his right to be  present at future status hearings about his case, though he may have to be present at more substantive hearings.

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.

Miami Herald

Scott Israel, the suspended Broward County sheriff, filed paperwork Monday formally signaling his intention to run in the Democratic primary for sheriff in 2020.

The paperwork allows him to raise and spend campaign money. Candidates don't formally qualify as candidates until June.

Israel's move wasn't a surprise. He told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel months ago that he was "100 percent certain" he would be on the ballot as a candidate for the job in 2020 — regardless of his status.

Sam Turken / WLRN

Two additional Broward County Sheriff's Office deputies have been fired for their response to the Parkland school shooting.

Sheriff Gregory Tony announced Wednesday the completion of an internal affairs investigation that reviewed the performance of seven officers who responded to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018.    

MIAMI HERALD

In his quest to get his old job back, Scott Israel spent hours jousting with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ lawyer Wednesday in a series of combative exchanges highlighting two deadly mass shootings in Broward County that led to the former sheriff’s suspension.

Israel’s seven hours of testimony Wednesday concluded a two-day hearing before a Senate special master in an appeal filed by the veteran law enforcement official after DeSantis stripped him of the sheriff’s post shortly after the Republican governor took office in January.

Gage Skidmore / Creative Commons

A student survivor of last year's school shooting in Parkland says Harvard University revoked his acceptance over racist comments he made in a shared Google Doc and text messages about two years ago.

Kyle Kashuv he emerged as a conservative, pro-second amendment voice from Parkland, while fellow students launched a national movement advocating for gun control. 

Hollywood 911
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

City of Hollywood commissioners met again Wednesday to talk about where to put a new 911 radio tower.

   

Commissioners worked out key terms they want included in an agreement with Broward County in order to choose a location for the tower, after nine months of back-and-forth. 

It's an incremental step forward: Hollywood staff can now draft an actual agreement, which commissioners will vote on next week. Broward's county commission will also have to vote on the agreement.

Sam Turken / WLRN

After meeting on Thursday, Broward County and Hollywood commissioners still disagree over where to put a new 911 communications tower. 

The meeting between both sets of lawmakers was the latest highlight of a nine-month battle between the county and city over the location of the 911 tower. The Broward commission has wanted the tower placed in the county-owned West Lake Park but has needed the city’s approval to build the tower there.

Broward County Sheriff Office

Broward County Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer lowered bond for former Broward Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson Thursday, and won’t make him wear an ankle monitor after his release. 

Peterson was arrested Tuesday for his inaction during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. Charges include seven counts of neglect of a child, three counts of culpable negligence and one count of perjury.

Jamie Doolittle / WLRN News

Parkland officials announced Friday they have decided to keep the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) as its law enforcement provider. This decision was made despite the heavy criticism the sheriff's office  faced after the Stoneman Douglas massacre.

The city of Parkland hired the Center for Public Safety to conduct a review of the city's policing options. The options included  the city establishing its own police department, partnering with another municipality or continuing its current relationship with BSO.

Mike Stocker / South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool

A Broward Circuit Court judge has held off ruling on whether the confessed Parkland school shooter still needs a public defender, amid questions about his finances and concerns that changing his legal team could delay the start of his trial.

Sam Turken / WLRN

The state commission that is investigating the Parkland school shooting met on Wednesday with families of victims of the massacre to discuss their traumatic experiences of finding out about their loved ones’ fates after the shooting.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

California Congressman Eric Swalwell kicked off his 2020 bid for president at a Broward County town hall on Tuesday with an emotional vow to make gun violence a top priority during his campaign and possible presidency.

 

Sherrilyn Cabrera / WLRN

The state commission investigating the Parkland school shooting reviewed on Tuesday safety improvements Florida school districts have made since the February 2018 massacre and debated whether to create a system that rates districts on their safety.

Robert Runcie
Carl Juste for The Miami Herald / WLRN

More than 1,000 people from across Broward County showed up at J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs Monday night for a district-wide town hall about school security. 

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