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Ex-Broward County Sheriff files lawsuit against Governor DeSantis

DeSantis removed Israel after the 2018 Parkland shooting
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Posted at 4:32 PM, Nov 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-24 16:45:42-05

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (WTXL) - — Ex-Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is suing Governor DeSantis over his removal from office.

Israel's lawyers said DeSantis and the state Senate "deprived him of due process" and failed to follow a special master's recommendation that he shouldn't have been suspended from office.

The lawsuit is pending in Tallahassee federal court.

DeSantis removed Israel earlier this year. He said he was "incompetent in his department's response" to the February 2018 shooting that killed 27 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. DeSantis appointed Gregory Tony to replace Israel.

Israel is running against Tony to get his old job back in the 2020 election.

Five other Democrats, a Republican and an independent also filed to run.