Florida Gov. DeSantis Wants Suspended Sheriff Israel’s Lawsuit Dismissed
DeSantis filed the new motion Thursday. Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel filed the suit earlier this month, saying the governor improperly ousted him for political reasons.
DeSantis says Israel was suspended for neglect of duty and incompetence.
Israel says DeSantis is interfering with the public’s right to determine their elected official.
Before the shooting, Israel had changed his department’s policy to say deputies “may” confront shooters, instead of “shall.” Critics say that gave eight deputies an excuse for not confronting the gunman during the February 2018 shooting.