Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, for pledging not to enforce the state's new 15-week abortion ban and for supporting gender transition treatments for minors. (Lauren Witte/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspends state attorney Andrew Warren

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren, the chief prosecutor for the 13th Judicial Circuit covering Hillsborough County, after calling him “woke” and accusing him of refusing to properly enforce certain laws.

The governor cited positions Warren has taken on abortion laws, transgender medical treatment and other issues.

Warren is a Democrat who has been out front on criminal justice reform issues. He chairs the Florida Democratic Party’s Safety & Justice Task Force.

Republicans have pushed back against these reforms, arguing they are leading to an increase in crime.

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Much of the focus nationally has been on liberal cities such as San Francisco, where the district attorney recently was recalled. Now Tampa is squarely at the center of that debate.

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