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    Damn... This shithead sheriff is getting hammered


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    Cut and past the article for those of us who refuse to pay a penny to sunsentinal. Thank you in advance.

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    Black folk only care about skin color

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    Wait a minute, what about him saying we’re all about accountability????? I guess that’s for everyone but himself. This place is a bad joke. How does anyone in this command even look anybody in the eye here?????

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    Remember what Weeezie said??? We need to support and trust this Man!!!

    https://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion...ieq-story.html

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    The Sheriff’s Lies: Gregory Tony hid the truth and rose to the top

    MEGAN O'MATZ MARCH 30, 2021
    Broward Sheriff Gregory Scott Tony overcame grim circumstances to rise from his youth in the crime-ridden Philadelphia Badlands neighborhood to one of Florida’s top law enforcement posts. But to get there, he didn’t tell the full truth.

    Since the day he took office, Tony’s honesty has been in question. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been investigating for months whether he lied on law enforcement applications. FDLE’s bar for law enforcement is high when it comes to telling the truth. Even pleading “no contest” to a misdemeanor charge of perjury or false statement makes a person ineligible to be a police officer in Florida.

    Yet Tony’s biggest lie — hiding the fact that he shot a man dead when he was 14 — wasn’t his only one. From his football prospects to his drug use to his political achievements, Tony has stretched the truth time and again. The South Florida Sun Sentinel dug into public records, court proceedings, old newspaper clippings and social media postings to compare Tony’s claims with the available facts.

    Presented with the Sun Sentinel’s findings, the sheriff declined to comment. In past interviews, Tony, 42, has questioned why he would be expected to disclose a “trauma” that he survived as a youth, and suggested that if he did so, he’d forever be seen as “a 14-year-old Black kid with a gun.”

    Tony landed his first job as a police officer in 2005 with the Coral Springs Police Department. He was 26. The city job application asked many questions seeking to discover if he’d been in any trouble with the law, even as a juvenile. Tony answered that he’d never been a suspect in a criminal investigation, never been arrested, never been charged. They were all lies.

    Facts: As a 14-year-old, Tony shot and killed an 18-year-old from his neighborhood, was the suspect in the murder investigation, and stood trial for the shooting. He argued it was self defense. A police report, which misspells his name, says prosecutors approved charges of murder and two gun charges: possession of an instrument of crime, and a firearms crime.

    Tony turned himself in. The detective on the case, Leon Lubiejewski, reviewed the case recently and told the Sun Sentinel there was a warrant for Tony’s arrest at the time. “He was arrested and he was charged.”

    The case was transferred to juvenile court, where offenses are not technically considered crimes. The police report says seven months after the shooting, Tony was “found not guilty of all charges.”

    The 1993 homicide report, which was obtained and reported on first by the Florida Bulldog investigative news website, includes a timeline of the case from arrest through trial.

    In Florida, a cop can lose state certification for lying on a law enforcement application or some other false statement, which is considered a “moral character violation,” according to FDLE.

    “Peoples’ lives depend on what you have to say,” said Lubiejewski, now retired. “If you’re not truthful, a lot of bad things can happen.”

    Facts: Tony had been served a summons and charged in another case, a misdemeanor crime. He was charged with passing a worthless check when he was a student at Florida State University in Tallahassee in December 2001. The court docket shows that he was notified of the charge on Jan. 3, 2002. Prosecutors dropped the case three weeks later.

    When they ran their background checks, Coral Springs police didn’t find the murder case against Tony in Philadelphia, but they did find the Tallahassee check case. Tony then wrote a letter of apology to Coral Springs for failing to disclose the bad check charge. “I had no idea until today, August 1, 2005, that I had a criminal history due to this event.”

    Tony claimed he had “no idea” he had a criminal history even though Tallahassee police had uncovered the same charge a year prior, when he applied there. Though Tony lied several times on his application to Coral Springs, his apology letter only addressed the lie he’d been caught in.

    Facts: Tony had applied to and was rejected by the Tallahassee Police Department in 2004. He had appealed that decision and lost. Records show Tony ultimately told Coral Springs about a handful of agencies he’d applied to — but he omitted Tallahassee from his list. If he’d included it, other lies might have been discovered.

    Tony lied on the Coral Springs application when asked whether he had ever used or handled hallucinogens. He’d been honest about that with Tallahassee, and it cost him the job.

    Coral Springs police were in the dark about much of Tony’s past when they took him at his word and hired him, accepting his apology for a fib about the bad check charge. His biggest secret would remain hidden until a combustible mix of tragedy and politics propelled him into the public spotlight.

    The Parkland school shooting on Valentine’s Day 2018 left 17 dead and cost Broward Sheriff Scott Israel his job. One of the most shocking revelations: that deputies heard the gunshots but didn’t rush in to save teachers and children. A year later, newly elected Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stripped Israel of his post and appointed Tony to the job.

    Tony had spent 11 years as a police officer in Coral Springs, rising to sergeant and departing in 2015 to focus full-time on a company he’d started, specializing in active shooter/mass casualty training and response. He was a relative unknown with one important connection: to a Parkland father who lost his daughter in the shooting. Andrew Pollack and Tony worked out at the same gym, and Pollack stood by the governor’s side when he introduced Tony as Broward’s new sheriff.

    The governor did minimal vetting. Tony did not divulge the Philadelphia killing to the governor or FDLE before he accepted the job as Broward’s top law enforcement officer. The only blemish that DeSantis was aware of, according to the appointment paperwork, was the bad check charge. A year later, when Tony filled out an FDLE form to maintain his certification as a police officer in January 2020, he still didn’t tell the truth. He said he’d never had “a criminal record sealed or expunged.”

    Facts: The records were sealed. Just like any juvenile in Philadelphia at the time, Tony’s records would have been automatically sealed, the assistant district attorney who approved the charges in the shooting, Arlene Fisk, told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Juvenile offenses are considered “delinquent acts” rather than crimes, so Tony might have rested his denial on the idea that his records about the fatal shooting weren’t “criminal.” An attorney seeking those records in a lawsuit asked Tony in January 2021 to release any sealed juvenile records in Philadelphia. Tony’s attorney said he wouldn’t.

    Tony continues to tell half-truths about his past. In May 2020, he told a Sun Sentinel reporter he’d never been arrested or charged with a crime. And as recently as February 2021, he said in a sworn court statement that he’d never been a defendant in a criminal case, “to the best of my recollection.”

    Facts: The records show Tony was indeed a defendant in two cases. The homicide record from the shooting lists him as the defendant facing charges of murder and weapons violations, and he was the defendant in the short-lived worthless check case years later in Tallahassee. The detective who handled his homicide case said he was indeed “arrested.”

    Facts: By news and police accounts, Tony was the only one with a gun when he shot Hector Rodriguez multiple times, at least once in the head. News reports from the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News say Tony shot his “friend” and neighbor after the two argued outside his home. His father is quoted in one article saying the two were “talking and laughing” before the argument. Tony ran indoors to get the gun, then returned outside to shoot Rodriguez. Tony told the Sun Sentinel Rodriguez was not a friend, and it was an act of self defense. News accounts say Rodriguez had been named in arrest warrants, and family members concede he had been in trouble with the law, but there is no indication he was armed that day.

    Facts: A month later, sheriff’s employees were handing out rainbow bracelets at the Pride parade in Wilton Manors. The bracelets cost taxpayers $421 and had six words on them: Sheriff Gregory Tony, and Broward Sheriff’s Office. Bleeding control kits placed in Broward schools have Sheriff Tony’s name on them, too. And, like other sheriffs before him, Tony’s name and photo often adorn mailers and fliers paid with taxpayer money, not campaign money. Just how many pennies Tony has spent on promotional items after making the public claim that he wouldn’t do so is unknown. The Sun Sentinel made a public records request for the information, and BSO said it would only provide it if the Sun Sentinel paid $1,272.


    Rainbow bracelets given out at a LGBTQ event featured Sheriff Tony's name.

    Sheriff Tony’s name appears on 12,000 bleeding control kits placed in Broward schools. Photo: Courtesy BSO

    The sheriff’s face and name appear on printed materials regularly.
    In a public statement after serving his first 100 days in office, Tony in April 2019 claimed he had “initiated” plans for the development of a $30 million regional training center. He hadn’t.

    Fact: Sheriff Tony did not initiate the plans. The plans for the training center began before the Parkland shooting, under then-Sheriff Israel, according to those involved and internal county emails. “That’s just a fact,” former Sheriff’s Major Jonathan Appel told the Sun Sentinel. " … It was all in the process prior to Greg Tony coming into office.”

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    Broward Sheriff Gregory Scott Tony overcame grim circumstances to rise from his youth in the crime-ridden Philadelphia Badlands neighborhood to one of Florida’s top law enforcement posts. But to get there, he didn’t tell the full truth.
    Since the day he took office, Tony’s honesty has been in question. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been investigating for months whether he lied on law enforcement applications. FDLE’s bar for law enforcement is high when it comes to telling the truth. Even pleading “no contest” to a misdemeanor charge of perjury or false statement makes a person ineligible to be a police officer in Florida.

    Yet Tony’s biggest lie — hiding the fact that he shot a man dead when he was 14 — wasn’t his only one. From his football prospects to his drug use to his political achievements, Tony has stretched the truth time and again. The South Florida Sun Sentinel dug into public records, court proceedings, old newspaper clippings and social media postings to compare Tony’s claims with the available facts.
    Presented with the Sun Sentinel’s findings, the sheriff declined to comment. In past interviews, Tony, 42, has questioned why he would be expected to disclose a “trauma” that he survived as a youth, and suggested that if he did so, he’d forever be seen as “a 14-year-old Black kid with a gun.”

    The shooting
    Tony landed his first job as a police officer in 2005 with the Coral Springs Police Department. He was 26. The city job application asked many questions seeking to discover if he’d been in any trouble with the law, even as a juvenile. Tony answered that he’d never been a suspect in a criminal investigation, never been arrested, never been charged. They were all lies.
    Facts: As a 14-year-old, Tony shot and killed an 18-year-old from his neighborhood, was the suspect in the murder investigation, and stood trial for the shooting. He argued it was self defense. A police report, which misspells his name, says prosecutors approved charges of murder and two gun charges: possession of an instrument of crime, and a firearms crime.
    Tony turned himself in. The detective on the case, Leon Lubiejewski, reviewed the case recently and told the Sun Sentinel there was a warrant for Tony’s arrest at the time. “He was arrested and he was charged.”
    The case was transferred to juvenile court, where offenses are not technically considered crimes. The police report says seven months after the shooting, Tony was “found not guilty of all charges.”
    The 1993 homicide report, which was obtained and reported on first by the Florida Bulldog investigative news website, includes a timeline of the case from arrest through trial.
    Despite those facts, Tony signed a notarized statement that he told the truth on his Coral Springs job application.
    In Florida, a cop can lose state certification for lying on a law enforcement application or some other false statement, which is considered a “moral character violation,” according to FDLE.
    “Peoples’ lives depend on what you have to say,” said Lubiejewski, now retired. “If you’re not truthful, a lot of bad things can happen.”
    ________________________________________
    The bad check case
    The Philadelphia shooting wasn’t the only criminal case that Tony failed to disclose on his Coral Springs Police Department application.
    Facts: Tony had been served a summons and charged in another case, a misdemeanor crime. He was charged with passing a worthless check when he was a student at Florida State University in Tallahassee in December 2001. The court docket shows that he was notified of the charge on Jan. 3, 2002. Prosecutors dropped the case three weeks later.
    When they ran their background checks, Coral Springs police didn’t find the murder case against Tony in Philadelphia, but they did find the Tallahassee check case. Tony then wrote a letter of apology to Coral Springs for failing to disclose the bad check charge. “I had no idea until today, August 1, 2005, that I had a criminal history due to this event.”
    Tony claimed he had “no idea” he had a criminal history even though Tallahassee police had uncovered the same charge a year prior, when he applied there. Though Tony lied several times on his application to Coral Springs, his apology letter only addressed the lie he’d been caught in.
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    His employment history
    Before hiring him, Coral Springs also wanted to know if he’d applied to any other police agency. Tony lied.
    Facts: Tony had applied to and was rejected by the Tallahassee Police Department in 2004. He had appealed that decision and lost. Records show Tony ultimately told Coral Springs about a handful of agencies he’d applied to — but he omitted Tallahassee from his list. If he’d included it, other lies might have been discovered.

    His drug use
    Tony lied on the Coral Springs application when asked whether he had ever used or handled hallucinogens. He’d been honest about that with Tallahassee, and it cost him the job.
    Facts: Tony had used LSD. He admitted using it once in high school when he applied to the Tallahassee Police Department. Tallahassee police said “felony drug use” disqualified him, also noting that he “failed to mention” the bad check charge.
    Coral Springs police were in the dark about much of Tony’s past when they took him at his word and hired him, accepting his apology for a fib about the bad check charge. His biggest secret would remain hidden until a combustible mix of tragedy and politics propelled him into the public spotlight.
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    Fooling the governor
    The Parkland school shooting on Valentine’s Day 2018 left 17 dead and cost Broward Sheriff Scott Israel his job. One of the most shocking revelations: that deputies heard the gunshots but didn’t rush in to save teachers and children. A year later, newly elected Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stripped Israel of his post and appointed Tony to the job.
    Tony had spent 11 years as a police officer in Coral Springs, rising to sergeant and departing in 2015 to focus full-time on a company he’d started, specializing in active shooter/mass casualty training and response. He was a relative unknown with one important connection: to a Parkland father who lost his daughter in the shooting. Andrew Pollack and Tony worked out at the same gym, and Pollack stood by the governor’s side when he introduced Tony as Broward’s new sheriff.
    The governor did minimal vetting. Tony did not divulge the Philadelphia killing to the governor or FDLE before he accepted the job as Broward’s top law enforcement officer. The only blemish that DeSantis was aware of, according to the appointment paperwork, was the bad check charge. A year later, when Tony filled out an FDLE form to maintain his certification as a police officer in January 2020, he still didn’t tell the truth. He said he’d never had “a criminal record sealed or expunged.”
    Facts: The records were sealed. Just like any juvenile in Philadelphia at the time, Tony’s records would have been automatically sealed, the assistant district attorney who approved the charges in the shooting, Arlene Fisk, told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Juvenile offenses are considered “delinquent acts” rather than crimes, so Tony might have rested his denial on the idea that his records about the fatal shooting weren’t “criminal.” An attorney seeking those records in a lawsuit asked Tony in January 2021 to release any sealed juvenile records in Philadelphia. Tony’s attorney said he wouldn’t.
    ________________________________________
    Sticking to his story
    Tony continues to tell half-truths about his past. In May 2020, he told a Sun Sentinel reporter he’d never been arrested or charged with a crime. And as recently as February 2021, he said in a sworn court statement that he’d never been a defendant in a criminal case, “to the best of my recollection.”
    Facts: The records show Tony was indeed a defendant in two cases. The homicide record from the shooting lists him as the defendant facing charges of murder and weapons violations, and he was the defendant in the short-lived worthless check case years later in Tallahassee. The detective who handled his homicide case said he was indeed “arrested.”

    A shooting “survivor”
    When Tony finally did talk about fatally shooting a teen from his neighborhood in Philadelphia, he said he “survived a shooting.” He has also called it “a brutal attack that I survived.”
    Facts: By news and police accounts, Tony was the only one with a gun when he shot Hector Rodriguez multiple times, at least once in the head. News reports from the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News say Tony shot his “friend” and neighbor after the two argued outside his home. His father is quoted in one article saying the two were “talking and laughing” before the argument. Tony ran indoors to get the gun, then returned outside to shoot Rodriguez. Tony told the Sun Sentinel Rodriguez was not a friend, and it was an act of self defense. News accounts say Rodriguez had been named in arrest warrants, and family members concede he had been in trouble with the law, but there is no indication he was armed that day.

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    Taxpayer-funded publicity
    Beyond the lies about his past — the LSD, the bad check charge, the homicide case — Tony’s word hasn’t always been good.
    He vowed to the Broward County Commission during a budget workshop in May 2019: “I will not waste one penny on campaigning my name or one penny on promoting myself. I will promote myself in this organization on performance and performance alone.”
    Facts: A month later, sheriff’s employees were handing out rainbow bracelets at the Pride parade in Wilton Manors. The bracelets cost taxpayers $421 and had six words on them: Sheriff Gregory Tony, and Broward Sheriff’s Office. Bleeding control kits placed in Broward schools have Sheriff Tony’s name on them, too. And, like other sheriffs before him, Tony’s name and photo often adorn mailers and fliers paid with taxpayer money, not campaign money. Just how many pennies Tony has spent on promotional items after making the public claim that he wouldn’t do so is unknown. The Sun Sentinel made a public records request for the information, and BSO said it would only provide it if the Sun Sentinel paid $1,272.
    The sheriff’s face and name appear on printed materials regularly.
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    Taking credit
    In a public statement after serving his first 100 days in office, Tony in April 2019 claimed he had “initiated” plans for the development of a $30 million regional training center. He hadn’t.

    An excerpt from Sheriff Tony’s announcement about his first 100 days in office. (Broward Sheriff's Office)
    Fact: Sheriff Tony did not initiate the plans. The plans for the training center began before the Parkland shooting, under then-Sheriff Israel, according to those involved and internal county emails. “That’s just a fact,” former Sheriff’s Major Jonathan Appel told the Sun Sentinel. " … It was all in the process prior to Greg Tony coming into office.”

    Puffed-up football prospects
    Tony says he could have pushed toward a career in the NFL but selflessly chose a life in public service instead. He says he made that decision after the 9/11 attacks, and left behind the “self-considerations” and financial opportunities of the NFL.
    “I was blessed to have enough athletic ability in me that I was able to play collegiate sports and play football at Florida State University ... and for every track was heading into an opportunity to play football in the NFL,” he said at a 9/11 event at the sheriff’s headquarters in 2019. “But there was something grossly wrong about continuing to focus on running and football when I was looking on TV watching people running from a building.”
    #Throwback to the Orange Bowl Family Fun and Fit Day (2019)! While I left the game of football for a life of service, I will never forget the values the game taught me. Taking time out to share these values with youth in Broward County is something I look forward to doing again.
    Facts: Tony showed promise with the FSU Seminoles, but his football stats are lackluster and there is no indication he had an NFL career ahead of him. A walk-on player, he suffered a fractured vertebra and was sidelined in spring 2000 and spring 2001, according to the football site warchant.com. Then when two players graduated and another was declared medically ineligible, the site reported, the walk-on Tony became the starting fullback in fall 2001. He was “undersized,” at 5′11′' and 215 pounds, but Coach Bobby Bowden was impressed by him (and later was a reference on his job application to become a police officer). Tony played in just four games at FSU, running a total 10 yards with an additional 1 yard punt return. Asked why he made the NFL claim, the sheriff, through a spokeswoman, did not respond.

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    Broward Sheriff Gregory Scott Tony overcame grim circumstances to rise from his youth in the crime-ridden Philadelphia Badlands neighborhood to one of Florida’s top law enforcement posts. But to get there, he didn’t tell the full truth.
    Since the day he took office, Tony’s honesty has been in question. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been investigating for months whether he lied on law enforcement applications. FDLE’s bar for law enforcement is high when it comes to telling the truth. Even pleading “no contest” to a misdemeanor charge of perjury or false statement makes a person ineligible to be a police officer in Florida.

    Yet Tony’s biggest lie — hiding the fact that he shot a man dead when he was 14 — wasn’t his only one. From his football prospects to his drug use to his political achievements, Tony has stretched the truth time and again. The South Florida Sun Sentinel dug into public records, court proceedings, old newspaper clippings and social media postings to compare Tony’s claims with the available facts.
    Presented with the Sun Sentinel’s findings, the sheriff declined to comment. In past interviews, Tony, 42, has questioned why he would be expected to disclose a “trauma” that he survived as a youth, and suggested that if he did so, he’d forever be seen as “a 14-year-old Black kid with a gun.”

    The shooting
    Tony landed his first job as a police officer in 2005 with the Coral Springs Police Department. He was 26. The city job application asked many questions seeking to discover if he’d been in any trouble with the law, even as a juvenile. Tony answered that he’d never been a suspect in a criminal investigation, never been arrested, never been charged. They were all lies.
    Facts: As a 14-year-old, Tony shot and killed an 18-year-old from his neighborhood, was the suspect in the murder investigation, and stood trial for the shooting. He argued it was self defense. A police report, which misspells his name, says prosecutors approved charges of murder and two gun charges: possession of an instrument of crime, and a firearms crime.
    Tony turned himself in. The detective on the case, Leon Lubiejewski, reviewed the case recently and told the Sun Sentinel there was a warrant for Tony’s arrest at the time. “He was arrested and he was charged.”
    The case was transferred to juvenile court, where offenses are not technically considered crimes. The police report says seven months after the shooting, Tony was “found not guilty of all charges.”
    The 1993 homicide report, which was obtained and reported on first by the Florida Bulldog investigative news website, includes a timeline of the case from arrest through trial.
    Despite those facts, Tony signed a notarized statement that he told the truth on his Coral Springs job application.
    In Florida, a cop can lose state certification for lying on a law enforcement application or some other false statement, which is considered a “moral character violation,” according to FDLE.
    “Peoples’ lives depend on what you have to say,” said Lubiejewski, now retired. “If you’re not truthful, a lot of bad things can happen.”
    ________________________________________
    The bad check case
    The Philadelphia shooting wasn’t the only criminal case that Tony failed to disclose on his Coral Springs Police Department application.
    Facts: Tony had been served a summons and charged in another case, a misdemeanor crime. He was charged with passing a worthless check when he was a student at Florida State University in Tallahassee in December 2001. The court docket shows that he was notified of the charge on Jan. 3, 2002. Prosecutors dropped the case three weeks later.
    When they ran their background checks, Coral Springs police didn’t find the murder case against Tony in Philadelphia, but they did find the Tallahassee check case. Tony then wrote a letter of apology to Coral Springs for failing to disclose the bad check charge. “I had no idea until today, August 1, 2005, that I had a criminal history due to this event.”
    Tony claimed he had “no idea” he had a criminal history even though Tallahassee police had uncovered the same charge a year prior, when he applied there. Though Tony lied several times on his application to Coral Springs, his apology letter only addressed the lie he’d been caught in.
    ________________________________________
    His employment history
    Before hiring him, Coral Springs also wanted to know if he’d applied to any other police agency. Tony lied.
    Facts: Tony had applied to and was rejected by the Tallahassee Police Department in 2004. He had appealed that decision and lost. Records show Tony ultimately told Coral Springs about a handful of agencies he’d applied to — but he omitted Tallahassee from his list. If he’d included it, other lies might have been discovered.

    His drug use
    Tony lied on the Coral Springs application when asked whether he had ever used or handled hallucinogens. He’d been honest about that with Tallahassee, and it cost him the job.
    Facts: Tony had used LSD. He admitted using it once in high school when he applied to the Tallahassee Police Department. Tallahassee police said “felony drug use” disqualified him, also noting that he “failed to mention” the bad check charge.
    Coral Springs police were in the dark about much of Tony’s past when they took him at his word and hired him, accepting his apology for a fib about the bad check charge. His biggest secret would remain hidden until a combustible mix of tragedy and politics propelled him into the public spotlight.
    ________________________________________
    Fooling the governor
    The Parkland school shooting on Valentine’s Day 2018 left 17 dead and cost Broward Sheriff Scott Israel his job. One of the most shocking revelations: that deputies heard the gunshots but didn’t rush in to save teachers and children. A year later, newly elected Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stripped Israel of his post and appointed Tony to the job.
    Tony had spent 11 years as a police officer in Coral Springs, rising to sergeant and departing in 2015 to focus full-time on a company he’d started, specializing in active shooter/mass casualty training and response. He was a relative unknown with one important connection: to a Parkland father who lost his daughter in the shooting. Andrew Pollack and Tony worked out at the same gym, and Pollack stood by the governor’s side when he introduced Tony as Broward’s new sheriff.
    The governor did minimal vetting. Tony did not divulge the Philadelphia killing to the governor or FDLE before he accepted the job as Broward’s top law enforcement officer. The only blemish that DeSantis was aware of, according to the appointment paperwork, was the bad check charge. A year later, when Tony filled out an FDLE form to maintain his certification as a police officer in January 2020, he still didn’t tell the truth. He said he’d never had “a criminal record sealed or expunged.”
    Facts: The records were sealed. Just like any juvenile in Philadelphia at the time, Tony’s records would have been automatically sealed, the assistant district attorney who approved the charges in the shooting, Arlene Fisk, told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Juvenile offenses are considered “delinquent acts” rather than crimes, so Tony might have rested his denial on the idea that his records about the fatal shooting weren’t “criminal.” An attorney seeking those records in a lawsuit asked Tony in January 2021 to release any sealed juvenile records in Philadelphia. Tony’s attorney said he wouldn’t.
    ________________________________________
    Sticking to his story
    Tony continues to tell half-truths about his past. In May 2020, he told a Sun Sentinel reporter he’d never been arrested or charged with a crime. And as recently as February 2021, he said in a sworn court statement that he’d never been a defendant in a criminal case, “to the best of my recollection.”
    Facts: The records show Tony was indeed a defendant in two cases. The homicide record from the shooting lists him as the defendant facing charges of murder and weapons violations, and he was the defendant in the short-lived worthless check case years later in Tallahassee. The detective who handled his homicide case said he was indeed “arrested.”

    A shooting “survivor”
    When Tony finally did talk about fatally shooting a teen from his neighborhood in Philadelphia, he said he “survived a shooting.” He has also called it “a brutal attack that I survived.”
    Facts: By news and police accounts, Tony was the only one with a gun when he shot Hector Rodriguez multiple times, at least once in the head. News reports from the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News say Tony shot his “friend” and neighbor after the two argued outside his home. His father is quoted in one article saying the two were “talking and laughing” before the argument. Tony ran indoors to get the gun, then returned outside to shoot Rodriguez. Tony told the Sun Sentinel Rodriguez was not a friend, and it was an act of self defense. News accounts say Rodriguez had been named in arrest warrants, and family members concede he had been in trouble with the law, but there is no indication he was armed that day.
    The Sun Sentinel usually only attacks like this when they smell blood in the water. I would be worried about this if I was the person in this article. They know something it’s obvious. This is not random.

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