Gov. Ron DeSantis refused Monday to say whether he maintains confidence in Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony after the Florida Bulldog reported Tony shot and killed a man as a teenager.
Tony’s attorney argued he acted in self-defense in the 1993 incident. After successfully moving the case to juvenile court, Tony was found to be not at fault.
In 2019, Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Tony as Sheriff after the suspension of now-former Sheriff Scott Israel.
In a conversation with Florida Politics, Tony acknowledged he did not disclose the shooting incident to the Governor before he was appointed head of the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) in 2019.
DeSantis was asked Monday whether he still had confidence in Tony to lead that office after learning of the shooting.
“My view was, at the time, we needed to get someone in there who was going to work hard,” DeSantis said of his original appointment. He then argued he wasn’t overlooking Tony’s past in order to get an ally into that office.
“It’s not like he’s my Sheriff. I didn’t even know the guy. It’s not like he was a political ally of mine. I wasn’t trying to do that. I