Florida Senate Votes To Remove Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel

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Florida Senate Votes To Remove Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel
Scott Israel was accused of negligence and incompetence in connection with his department's response to shootings in Parkland and Fort Lauderdale.
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The Florida Senate has voted to remove suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel from office amid allegations of negligence following two shootings that occurred within his term.

In a 25-15 vote on Wednesday, the Senate moved to finalize Gov. Ron DeSantis' January executive order that suspended Israel for alleged incompetence and negligence of his duties.

Israel's office oversaw the response to the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 17 people dead, and a 2017 shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport, where five were killed.

In a statement, DeSantis responded to the news: "I thank the Florida Senate for tending to this matter. I hope the outcome provides some measure of relief to the Parkland families that have been doggedly pursuing accountability."

Israel has been fighting to get his job back since the suspension and even went so far as to sue DeSantis, alleging that his removal was purely political. In a statement issued after the Senate's ruling, Israel reportedly said, "Politics won the day."