Florida sheriff accused of failing to prevent Parkland shooting is suing to get his job back

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The sheriff who was suspended over his handling of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, where 17 people were killed, is suing to get his job back.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel was suspended for his alleged poor leadership in the moments leading up to and during the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida last year.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took action just three days after being sworn into office in January and suspended Israel from his elected position.

Ina lawsuit filed on Thursday, Israel's attorneys said the governor suspended the sheriff for political reasons.

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Israel's deputy, Scot Peterson, was the assigned and armed officer at the scene of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018 who opted not to engage the shooter after shots rang out inside the school that day.

Instead, Peterson cowered outside and waited for back up while 17 people - including 14 students - were massacred.

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Defenseless students and faculty were reportedly heard screaming and fleeing for their lives, surveillance video obtained by the Sun Sentinel showed.

Shooter Nikolas Cruz was later caught outside the building trying to blend in with victims as they were escorted away from the scene.

Time - Shooting - Israel - Department - Policy

Some time before the shooting, Israel had changed his department's policy to say deputies 'may' confront active shooters, instead of 'shall,' meaning his officers weren't required to engage gunmen to prevent loss of life.

A judge later affirmed the deputies had no obligation to protect the Parkland victims, according to USA Today.

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That county sheriff's policy has since been updated.

State lawmakers have the authority to override the governor's suspension of Israel.

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