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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Scottish sheriff Scott Scott has reacted quickly to the announcement of his suspension on Friday and has been addressing the media just minutes after Governor Ron DeSantis' announcement.
Israel began by expressing its condolences once again to the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre. It was his handling of the tragedy that led to his ouster.
He thanked his family, friends and colleagues.
"I want to thank the hard-working men and women in the Broward Sheriff's Office," added, "The past six years have been wonderful. I want to thank the citizens of Broward County who have overwhelmingly reelected me. "
Then the problem was solved.
Let me be clear: I wholeheartedly reject the statements contained in the Governor's Order, which have both no legal basis and no valid factual basis. There was no fault on my part. "
Israel plans to fight for its work.
"I intend to vigorously fight this unjustified suspension in the courts and in the Florida Senate," he said. The state Senate can proceed with a lawsuit, then eliminate it or reinstate it.
"Unfortunately, this suspension does not concern what happened on February 14," he said. "It was politics, not Parkland."
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Some relatives of Stoneman Douglas victims and conservative lawmakers began demanding the overthrow of Israel shortly after the shooting when it was revealed that Broward's MP charged with overseeing the school, Scot Peterson , had not gone into the building to confront the shooter and his advisor. 15 semi-automatic rifle, but is sheltered on the outside. The other Broward deputies who arrived during the shooting did not enter either, although officers from the nearby town, Coral Springs, charged inside.
The heat grew after hearing that the sheriff's office had received a call in 2016 and another in 2017 warning that the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, 20, was a potential school shooter, but that MPs did not take it into account. The deputy ministers also had about 20 contacts with Cruz while he was a minor – mainly because of arguments with his mother, who has died today. Israel said none of these contacts deserved arrest – a finding to which the law enforcement officials of the state commission charged with investigating the beatings fire.
However, in their final report, the commissioners blamed Israel for changing the policy of its office by saying that MPs "can" face active shooters instead of "must", which gives an excuse not charge the school. Israel told them that it did not want MPs to think they had to carry out suicide missions.
The commissioners also concluded that the active training of the shooting department had not been effective.
Israel is blaming the NRA and supporting more stringent arms control. He has been calling for tougher firearms laws in Florida for years.
"Neither the governor nor any of his staff have ever spoken to me about this tragedy. And now, the National Rifle Association controls the actions of the governor and is now trying to control law enforcement in Broward County. "
Israel said it was suspended for talking about gun violence.
"I will continue, for the rest of my days on earth, to talk about gun violence. Families and victims deserve it.
He concluded: "For now, the lawsuits are initiated."
Israel, elected sheriff in 2012 after a long career in the maintenance of order, is suspended without pay.