Florida Gov. DeSantis Suspends Black Democratic Prosecutor

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, surrounded by members of law enforcement, gestures as he speaks during a news conference Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. DeSantis announced that he was suspending State Attorney Andrew Warren, of the 13th Judicial Circuit, due to "neglect of duty." Looking on at right is Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has ignited a firestorm after suspending state attorney Monique Worrell of Orlando, citing her leniency on crime. Replacing her is Andrew Bain, another Black official, but notably a member of The Federalist Society, often criticized for its racially contentious history.

DeSantis’ decision is wrapped in controversy, especially given Worrell’s status as a progressive, reform-driven African American woman. She was elected in 2020.

Although the governor claims the suspension is due to her alleged lax approach to serious offenders, many question whether racial and political biases are at play. DeSantis exercised the suspension by executive order.

Worrell has not held back on her response, branding the move as tyranny. She asserts that the suspension is a means to marginalize her based on both political disagreements and racial prejudices.

The question remains: who will believe this is about the governor’s concerns over crime rather than another chapter in a pattern of racial politics?


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