According to Broward Circuit Judge David Haimes, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis had every right to fire Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.
Haimes’ confirmed what many of us already know that DeSantis as the Governor had the right to fire Israel. It’s not up to the judge to agree or disagree with the firing.
Israel came under criticism after the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. In suspending him, DeSantis said lessons that should have been learned from the 2017 shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport never were implemented, leading to a disorganized response in Parkland that cost lives and eroded trust in the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Israel wanted Haimes to declare that DeSantis had overstepped his authority.
With the judge’s decision, Israel’s most likely hope of returning to office rests with the Republican-led Florida Senate, which can overturn or affirm the Repuplican governor’s decision.
Israel said he didn’t have an expectation about what the judge would do. “I didn’t have any preconceived notions one way or another. I’ve been in court long enough to know that one way or another judges make decisions. Respect the judge’s decision and we’ll see what’s next.”
After the Parkland shooting, I don’t know how anyone could ever vote for confidence in Scott Israel ever again.
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