Former Sheriff Scott Israel vows to fight 'unjustified' suspension from office

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Some Broward County sheriff's deputies held back too long as shots were fired at the school in the massacre, instead of rushing toward the gunfire, according to a 439-page report released last week by the commission. In that time he worked in narcotics, burglary investigation and served on the SWAT team for five years.

"There was no wrongdoing on my part. 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.

However, during Israel's time at the helm, Broward County saw a yearly drop in violent crime, burglary and robbery.

While Israel's deputies apprehended him within 72 seconds, the draft of a county report said Israel and others didn't control the chaos, leaving passengers huddled in fear for hours.

Tony's resume cites advanced degrees and he runs a company focused on active shooter training and response, including efforts to train civilians on "stop the bleed" techniques.

On Friday, DeSantis denied any political motivation, saying Israel's removal was about accountability and keeping children safe.

The Florida Senate ultimately makes the decision whether an official is suspended after the governor has given the Senate a notice of suspension.

Flanked by his supporters and his wife Susan, Israel said he will be fighting his suspension.

A state airplane carrying Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had a mechanical problem and was forced to make an emergency landing in St. Petersburg this afternoon.

"Today, he merely fulfilled a campaign promise", Israel 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.

The previous Governor, multi-millionaire Rick Scott, got rid of the state jet as a cost-cutting move and traveled the state in his private plane. "I served the county honorably", he said. "These incidents demonstrate Sheriff's Israel's repeated incompetence and neglect of duty".

Israel said then he would not resign.

After expressing his sympathies for the families who lost loved ones in the mass shooting, Israel insisted he had not failed in his duty. The attack, which also left dozens injured, is one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history.

The sheriff appeared before the cameras moments after Gov. Ron DeSantis stood outside BSO headquarters to announce that he had signed an executive order removing the elected sheriff from office.

"They had all those other people that reacted very similar so to me that's more of a systemic issue than it is an individual acting on his own", she said.

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