Israel refused to resign, and on Friday, he insisted there was "no wrongdoing on my part", adding, " I served the county honorably and I will continue to do that".
"I think BSO needs a different leader", said Debbie Hixon whose husband Chris was killed in the MSD massacre.
Governor Ron DeSantis made the announcement att the Broward Sheriff's Office headquarters just after 4:30 p.m. was joined by Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez and Attorney General Ashley Moody. "Some deputies said they couldn't remember when they'd last been trained to handle an active shooter, even though the agency had a confused, chaotic response to a mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in 2017", the Sun-Sentinel said.
Earlier this month, a state-appointed public safety commission investigating the high school massacre and law enforcement's response, issued a scathing report that was critical of Israel and the department.
Israel is expected to contest his suspension.
Hixon said the inaction by multiple deputies when shots were being fired in a school building as a sign of a failure of leadership.
The Florida Senate ultimately makes the decision whether an official is suspended after the governor has given the Senate a notice of suspension.
But he also pointed out no one was removed from office in the wake of other mass shootings in Florida.
Israel said that any deputies who are found to have acted inappropriately or failed to act would be dealt with.
During the shooting, then-Broward Deputy Scot Peterson, who was assigned to the school, drew his gun but took cover instead of charging inside.
"We put in the executive over that as climate changes, as our environment changes, as water rises in places like South Florida and there's increased flooding, we want to make sure that we're taking the steps that we can to combat that", he said. For these reasons, I am suspending Sheriff Israel from office effective immediately. These incidents demonstrate Sheriff's Israel's repeated incompetence and neglect of duty.
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"We have an event that we're doing tomorrow", DeSantis' office said Thursday night.
"Sheriff Israel has been twice elected by Broward County residents", said Maj.
Under Florida law, the governor can suspend elected officials for criminal activity, misfeasance, incompetence or neglect of duty. Debbie Hixon, the widow of MSD victim Chris Hixon, said she hopes that, under the new sheriff's leadership, BSO deputies will run in and try to protect victims during a school shooting.
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