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Florida commission to consider first step toward stripping Broward Sheriff Tony of his license to be a police officer

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Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony

By Dan Christensen, FloridaBulldog.org

A panel of the Florida commission that oversees police to make sure they are competent and ethical will meet on Tuesday to decide whether there is probable cause to revoke Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony’s law enforcement certification.

If probable cause is found, the full Florida Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission (CJS&T) would consider Tony’s case in August. If Tony’s certification is yanked, he could no longer be a police officer anywhere in the state, which among other things means he would have no power to make an arrest.

Tony, however would remain as Broward’s sheriff because elected sheriffs are constitutional officers and are not required to be certified police officers. For example, former Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne was a civilian, not a sworn police officer.

Still, if Tony is decertified it would be politically embarrassing for Gov. Ron DeSantis, who appointed Tony, a former Coral Springs police sergeant, in January 2019 to replace Sheriff Scott Israel in the wake of the Parkland school massacre.

Today, June 16, the CJS&T panel released its agenda for “probable cause determination” hearings to be held next week at Valencia College’s Criminal Justice Institute in Orlando. Tony’s name is on a list of 76 police and Department of Corrections officials whose cases of “moral character” are to be considered.

FEW DETAILS

No details were released, but the date of Tony’s alleged offenses are described as “on or between 3-15-2002 & 2-1-2019.”

Florida Bulldog has learned that the CJS&T action is the result of a complaint filed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Inspector Keith Riddick. Riddick investigated Tony for a variety of suspected crimes rooted in lies the sheriff has told over the years. In July 2021, Riddick wrote a 20-page report recommending that Tony by prosecuted for, among other things, felony perjury for making a false statement when applying for a replacement Florida driver’s license.

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FDLE Inspector Keith Riddick

The two-year FDLE probe found that Tony lied repeatedly about his past when applying for law-enforcement jobs and training, including keeping secret his 1993 arrest for murder in Philadelphia when he was 14. Tony, who was later acquitted in juvenile court, declined to be interviewed by FDLE agents.

Tony likewise did not respond to a request for comment by Florida Bulldog.

Cross-state prosecutors who considered the case after Broward State Attorney Harold Pryor bowed out, concluded that criminal charges were not possible. Instead, they “suggested” FDLE submit the case to the often-ineffective Florida ethics commission. To date, the commission appears to have done nothing.

The Fort Myers-based prosecutors omitted and misrepresented key facts when assessing the FDLE report and its recommendations. The facts were contained in the tape-recoded oral statement by the state driver’s license examiner who took Tony’s application on Feb. 1, 2019 – just 22 days after he became sheriff. Essentially, in explaining the decision not to charge Tony in a close-out memo, the prosecutors ignored key statements in the examiner’s sworn testimony that buttressed the FDLE’s recommendation that Tony be prosecuted.

Following the decision not to charge Tony, Gov. DeSantis said he’d review the FDLE’s findings. Four months later, he’s said nothing more about it.

COMMISSION EXPECTED TO DO BROAD LOOK

The CJS&T examination is expected to look at the totality of the FDLE findings, which included numerous alleged lies by Tony that were made too long ago to prosecute, but still go to his fitness to serve.

The dates of the alleged offenses in March 2002 and February 2019 coincide with dates that FDLE determined Tony twice “falsely answered ‘no’ to the question ‘Has your driving privilege ever been revoked, suspended, or denied in any state?'” In fact, his Pennsylvania driver’s icense was suspended multiple times.

Those dates would appear to exclude Tony from further scrutiny for a controversial Florida Department of Law Enforcement affidavit he signed in early January 2020 declaring he’d never had a criminal records sealed or expunged. At the time he signed it, Tony had yet to disclose – as he did in a May 2020 interview by email with Florida Bulldog – that he’d shot and killed Hector “Chino” Rodriguez on a sidewalk on May 4, 1993. Tony claimed self defense.

The affidavit with Tony’s signature states that any “intentional omission” or “false execution…shall constitute a misdemeanor of the second degree and disqualify the officer for employment as an officer.”

Philadelphia court and prosecutors’ files on Tony’s case can’t be found, and while the FDLE report states that officials there believe the records were expunged, why and at whose request they were expunged is unknown.

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  • I think that most of Florida‘s politicians should be stripped of their duty. All a bunch of hootlums.

  • This is ridiculous and a waste of time and money . He was acquitted and it was expunged ! He has served his employer well with zero problems so at this point those who are screaming are nothing but trouble makers ! We have bigger problems that he can solve if people would stop getting in his way !

  • This is wrong what they are doing to TONY !! ALL people have a price.

  • Wow, this is political and this man is the whooping horse to take the beating for the real politician they want, do get the closest person.

    We pray the jury and everyone else involved sees this for what it is 👮🏾‍♂️

  • I agree with Sandra..Leave Sheriff Tony alone already.

  • I agree 100% , Tony’s history and temperament proves he should of never been involved in law enforcement. The commission will have no choice but to recommend removing Tony to the Govenor. Officers have been stripped of their credentials for much less. That FDLE report proved Tony committed Perjury numerous times and no normal law abiding citizen wants someone like that in law enforcement.

  • Get rid of the lying POS..
    I know other LEO’s who did a lot less than him and they lost their ticket…
    Get ready it will come out soon…” they are only going after him because he is black”….. and we all know that is bullshit…

  • Thanks for bringing this to the public!!

    Always the best!

    Can you link the communications to Tony and the list of the others

  • Seriously. What is the real meaning of this witch hunt. He’s doing a great job and none of this has anything to do with anything but a struggle for power. He’s an awesome Sherrif. Isn’t that the most important thing here and the best interest of the people. Wasting our tax payer money. Focus on the real problems please.

  • He who has no sin, throw the first stone!!!

  • The Dems are trying their underhanded BS again.

  • Whats a great job? If he perjured himself he should suffer like you or me would. He has done nothing to me but if I lied I’d be prosecuted. Whats a standard that we set? Why should he should get a pass? DeSantis? Give me a break I’d think he would have more leeway cause he’s black. Can’t expect the truth then.

  • Suddenly everyone here is a police ethics professional. Geeze. Let the panel do their job.
    Cleaning up is often required to clear the dead wood.

  • This man Greg Tony/Toney killed someone’s and omitted it on all LEO applications! Let alone all of the other lies. He signed the driver license application swearing that the information provided was true and correct; however, his license was previously suspended in Pennsylvania. One of the questions he swore was true and correct on the DL application states, “Has your driver license ever been suspended in this state or any other state?” His answer was “no.” Most people would have been charged with perjury for this and had their license suspended for a year. This is done administratively by the FL DHSMV. This can still be done if someone makes a report to the DHSMV because it seems FDLE has neglected to do. LSD usage, the LIES, the HOMICIDE, the SWINGING!!!! What happened to role models these days??? Our citizens deserve better! Our children deserve better!!! He should have never had a chance to be a cop!!! Now this Ethics Panel will be obligated to remove his certificate. Look at the baby who died because no one was dispatched…this is on his hands…

  • THE ONLY ONES ON THIS BLOG THAT HAVE ANY SENSE AT ALL, ARE “THE REALTRUTH” AND “TIM EVANS.”
    UNFORTUNATELY, THE SAD REALITY IS THAT TONY THE MURDERER, LSD USER AND PERJURER (ON MULTIPLE POLICE APPLICATIONS), HAS YET TO BE REMOVED AS SHERIFF, DUE TO “POLITICS,” HE’S BLACK (ACCEPT THIS TRUTH), HE’S ANDREW POLLACK’S GYM BUDDY, AND DESANTIS APPOINTED HIM WITHOUT HIS BEING PROPERLY VETTED BY GOOD OLE’ BOY INSPECTOR RIDDICK. DESANTIS WILL NOT COMMIT POLITICAL SUICIDE AND REMOVE A BLACK SHERIFF FROM BROWARD COUNTY DURING HIS RE-ELECTION YEAR! IT IS ALL VERY DISTURBING, AS WELL AS, DISGUSTING. OH YEAH, LETS JUST LEAVE A CRIMINAL IN CHARGE; ONE WHO SHOULD’VE ALREADY BEEN REMOVED AND LOCKED UP A LONG TIME AGO! IF HE WERE WHITE, HE WOULD’VE BEEN CRUCIFIED ALREADY!!!! GREAT RESEARCHING MR. CHRISTENSEN…IT’S LIKE THE CURRENT COMMERCIAL RUNNING ON T,V,, WHERE THE GUY SAYS, “I MAY HAVE COMMITTED CRIMES, BUT I’M NOT A CRIMINAL!” GREGORY TONEY/TONEY SHOULD’VE BEEN THE ONE PROMOTING THAT MESSAGE!

  • They need to go after Lee Co sheriff Marceno if they are going after unqualified liars

  • AMEN MARVIN HASTINGS…WELL SAID!!!

  • Ethics in law enforcement has become like needles in a haystack. As a police officer I arrested my Police Chief’s son. I learned then the power of white law enforcement privileges. When I applied as a certified officer in Florida, the Saint Lucie County Sheriff’s Office assisted my former Police Chief in implicating me in a crime . Safety flyers were distributed of me in Police uniform, alleging I was going to blow up a hospital and shoot two Police Chiefs. I was certified in Florida. But I was untouchable- unwanted as an honest cop. I lost my career for arresting that burglary suspect, drug trafficking somebody……maybe all Florida Sheriff’s should toe the line.

    One Good Cop..
    OGC , God Bless the Peace keepers

  • Any law enforcement official in any agency that has been found to commit perjury on official documents are terminated for their actions. Tony just terminated a Captain for this very action. The reason is they cannot give court testimony in reference to any actions taken or not during the performance of duties.

  • I THINK OUR PROTECT AND SERVE SHOULD ME MORALLY FIT
    GREGORY TONY/TONEY ENTIRE POLICE CAREER HAS BEEN A LIE HIS ENTIRE LIFE IS A LIE.
    TONY COVERED UP HID THE TRUTH DECIVED SCAMMED CON HIS WAY INTO LAW ENFORCEMENT .HE WAS NOT ALONE HE HAD PREACHERS/ POLITICIANS SUPPORTING HIM IN HIS CON AND I TRULY BELIEVE THEY ALL SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE
    IF WOULD BE A HORRIBLE TRAGEDY AND DIS SERVICE TO THE BROWARD COUNTY COMMUNITY TO LET TONY STAY IN OFFICE
    MY POINT TONY FIRE POLICE FOR THE SAME OFFENSE HE HAS DONE
    PURJURY. LYING ON A GOVERNMENT AFFIDAVID.
    SOCIETY/ POLICE UNIONS/POLICE OFFICERS ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE WATCHING THE OUTCOME AND THERE WILL BE AN OUTCOME.

  • AMEN MR. PHILLIPS! HOPEFULLY YOU’VE READ MR. CHRISTENSEN’S LATEST, WHERE THE COMMISSION HAS VOTED TO STRIP THIS SWINGER, MURDERER, LSD USER, AND PERJURER OF HIS POLICE LICENSE! EVERYONE INCLUDING ANDREW POLLOCK (TONY/TONEY’S GYM BUDDY), WHO GAVE TONY’S/TONEY’S NAME TO DESANTIS, AS WELL, AS THE PARKLAND PARENTS, SHOULD ALL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE…A HORRIFIC TRAGEDY IS NOT A REASON TO PLACE AN “UNQUALIFIED” INDIVIDUAL AS THE SHERIFF OF BROWARD COUNTY WITHOUT PROPERLY VETTING HIM; FOR THAT YOU CAN THANK GOOD OLE’ BOY FDLE INSPECTOR RIDDICK!

  • This is disgusting. Everyone is covering up for people that look like them. Doesn’t anyone have ethics anymore. Certainly not BSO or the FBI.

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