Sun-Sentinel Editorial: Troubling questions about Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony, past and present

The story was three decades old, yet it arrived with the shock value and immediacy of a hot-off-the-presses news bulletin.

When Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony was a teen on the mean streets of Philadelphia, he killed a man, using his father’s gun to fire multiple shots into his 18-year-old neighbor’s head and body, according to reports.

Tony, 14, said he acted in self-defense. He was ultimately tried as a juvenile and acquitted. The record was sealed. The details emerged on the Florida Bulldog news site, which said it had the police report.

The chief law enforcement officer of Broward County shot and killed someone. That seems like something the public should know, especially when Tony is asking for the support of voters in the upcoming election.

But nobody knew. Not the Coral Springs police department that hired Tony 15 years ago. Not Gov. Ron DeSantis, who appointed Tony last year after suspending former sheriff Scott Israel. Not the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which ran a background check on Tony before DeSantis appointed him.

Now that the story is finally becoming known, troubling questions abound. Read More

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