Embattled Florida Sheriff Scott Israel Suspended for Response to Deadly Parkland Shooting

Scott Israel, seen here at a press conference in the aftermath of the February 2018 Parkland school shooting accused Governor Ron De Santis of having political motives

I'm excited. We have a - I promised I wasn't going to say it, but I'm going to do it.

Kaplan said Israel is barred under the suspension from communicating with Gregory Tony, the new sheriff.

Tony is president of Blue Spear Solutions, a security company that specializes in active shooter and mass casualty training, according to the Herald. Tony is the county's first African-American sheriff, according to Politico. "I'm here to continue that mission under the capacity of Sheriff by ensuring you and our deputies that they have the leadership they deserve". "They have the community's interest at their heart, as do I".

"The Members of the House of Representatives are thankful that the Governor's plane landed safely after reporting mechanical difficulties", Oliva, a Miami Lakes Republican, said in a statement. While campaigning, DeSantis said he would have dismissed Israel for his role in the deadly shooting. "There was no wrongdoing on my part. I served the county honorably", he said.

When he won re-election in 2016, Israel captured more than 70 percent of the vote.

The embattled former leader said the motive behind his suspension was political.

The diversion will result in about a 90 minute delay in the governor's arrival.

Addressing the cameras, Israel said he is eager to get his job back to build upon his accomplishments and "complete the mission".

Israel is likely to fight the move in the Florida Senate or possibly in court.

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According to Florida statute, the governor has the power to suspend the sheriff for actions such as "misfeasance" and "neglect of duty" and may fill the office by appointment for the period of suspension.

DeSantis cited Israel's "incompetence" and said he "demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership" after the Fort Lauderdale International Airport shooting in 2017 and the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. "Some deputies said they couldn't remember when they'd last been trained to handle an active shooter, even though the agency had a confused, chaotic response to a mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in 2017", the Sun-Sentinel said.

In response to Israel's comments on Friday where he blamed the NRA and politics for his dismissal, Loesch urged Israel to direct his message to the families of Parkland victims.

"Once again, I want to extend my deepest sympathies, my heartfelt sympathies to the families who lost loved ones on that awful day in Parkland", he said.

Under Florida law, he is entitled to a hearing in the Florida Senate, which can decide to reinstate the sheriff or remove him from office.

"No one was suspended after the Pulse shooting".

Israel said then he would not resign. "The difference? I spoke out about gun violence".

Before DeSantis' announcement, officials announced that five of Israel's top staff - including Undersheriff Stephen Kinsey and Col. John Dale - had resigned. Kevin Chults and Maj.

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