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SCOTT ISRAEL, official

February 11, 2019
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 new Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended him, over his handling of last February's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Before the shooting, Israel had changed his department's policy to say deputies "may" confront shooters from "shall," which critics say gave eight deputies who arrived during the shooting but stayed outside an excuse for not confronting the gunman. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

DeSantis suspended the Broward County sheriff on Jan. 11, saying he “repeatedly failed and has demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership.” Before the shooting, Israel had changed his department’s policy to say deputies “may” confront shooters from “shall.” Critics say that gave eight deputies an excuse for not confronting the gunman when they arrived during the shooting but stayed outside. Israel’s attorneys say he intends to challenge the suspension. He intends to run again next year.

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