Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Soros-backed prosecutor for failure to enforce state laws.
DeSantis said Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, who oversees the Tampa Bay area, will be removed from his position immediately, according to the New York Post.
During a press conference on Thursday, DeSantis said Warren had “publicly put himself above the law” and had frustrated local deputies and citizens with a “soft-on-crime” approach.
The governor said Warren had instructed his office to “let serious offenses slide” and had vowed, “not to enforce any current or future laws regarding abortion or gender-reassignment surgeries for minors.”
DeSantis slammed “permissive prosecutors” nationwide on Thursday, pointing out places like San Francisco and Los Angeles as examples of deterioration from their policies.
“We are not going to allow the pathogen that’s been around the country of ignoring the law; we are not going to allow that to get a foothold here in the state of Florida,” he said. “We are going to make sure our laws are enforced and no individual prosecutor puts himself above the law.”
DeSantis said Susan Lopez will now step in as the new State Attorney of the 13th Judicial Circuit.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister praised DeSantis’ action Thursday, stressing that his deputies and residents had grown tired of Warren’s soft-on-crime approach.
The sheriff offered an example of an alleged gang member who shot a victim and then fired into a home. That residence was filled with women and children. The sheriff indicated that Warren declined to bring a case against the alleged gang member. The prosecutor’s office said they weren’t filing charges because the depositions would be too onerous.
In other words, the depositions were too burdensome.
Chronister said Warren acts as a “supreme authority” by “reducing charges, dropping cases and singlehandedly determining what crimes will be legal or illegal in our county.”
DeSantis hammered failing to enforce the law disproportionately damages the poorer communities. He cited San Francisco’s recall vote of District Attorney Chesa Boudin in making his point.
“The places that voted to keep him were affluent communities who are not bearing the brunt of the policies,” he said. “The places that voted to recall him were the working class communities because they bear the burden of ignorance and refusal to enforce the law.”