Via press release from the state of Florida:
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren of the 13th Judicial Circuit due to neglect of duty.
The Governor has the authority to suspend a state officer under Article IV, Section 7 of the Constitution of the State of Florida.
The Governor has appointed Susan Lopez to serve as State Attorney for the period of suspension. She has most recently been serving as a Judge on the Hillsborough County Court.
“State Attorneys have a duty to prosecute crimes as defined in Florida law, not to pick and choose which laws to enforce based on his personal agenda,” said Governor Ron DeSantis.
“It is my duty to hold Florida’s elected officials to the highest standards for the people of Florida. I have the utmost trust that Judge Susan Lopez will lead the office through this transition and faithfully uphold the rule of law.”
The Tampa Bay Times reports:
At a news conference flanked by police from around Tampa Bay, DeSantis said Warren has “put himself publicly above the law” by signing letters saying he would not enforce laws prohibiting gender-affirming care for minors or laws limiting abortion.
“Our government is a government of laws, not a government of men,” DeSantis said.Thursday’s press conference included neighboring other police chiefs, including Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, and Attorney General Ashley Moody.
“Andrew Warren is a fraud,” former Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan said. “This is a terrible day, that the governor had to come and clean up our mess.”
The police chiefs noted above are locally infamous for their grandstanding press conferences and chest-beating social media stunts highlighting their use of military-style weaponry.
Today’s suspension is apparently what his spox was referring to when she predicted DeSantis would “make liberals cry” today.
Breaking news: Gov. Ron DeSantis said he is suspending Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren for not prosecuting certain crimes. https://t.co/Y19Yy2DQuC
— Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) August 4, 2022
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 4, 2022
DeSantis suspends Democratic state attorney, an elected official, calls him ‘Soros-backed’ https://t.co/aFtk89D29D
— Raw Story (@RawStory) August 4, 2022