Florida Supreme Court upholds governor's decision to fire Broward sheriff

Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Scott Israel for Parkland shooting response

In this Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, file photo, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel speaks before the state commission in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

MIAMI - The Florida Supreme Court has ruled against a sheriff who fought his removal from office after the governor said he failed to prevent last year's Parkland school shooting.

Florida's highest court agreed Tuesday that Gov. Ron DeSantis was within his authority to suspend Scott Israel as Broward County sheriff this year. The justices noted that under the Florida Constitution, the state Senate is responsible for deciding whether the removal should be permanent.

Senate leaders decided to first let the case go through the courts.

DeSantis said Israel displayed poor leadership and failed to keep students safe during the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people.

Israel has said DeSantis overstepped his constitutional authority and interfered with the public's right to elect their sheriff.

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