Sheriff suspended after Parkland shooting fights for his job

FILE- In this Jan. 11, 2019, file photo, suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, center, leaves a news conference surrounded by supporters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended him. Israel's lawyer says DeSantis' decision to suspend the sheriff who oversaw the response to the Parkland school shooting was a knee-jerk reaction based on politics. Those comments came Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the beginning of a state Senate hearing as Scott Israel fights his suspension as Broward County sheriff.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' decision to suspend the sheriff who oversaw the response to the Parkland school shooting was a knee-jerk reaction based on politics, not facts, a lawyer said Tuesday as a Senate hearing began on whether to uphold the suspension.

The lawyer for suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel portrayed DeSantis as using the deaths of 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for political gain, saying DeSantis was promising to remove Israel even before the governor was elected in November.

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