By: Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday that he and his family were devastated by the mass slayings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — and that the horrific tragedy didn’t justify his removal from office, an action he derided as a political maneuver by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Israel also said he’s intent on getting his badge back, from the Florida Senate, through the courts, or as a candidate in the 2020 election. He said he is “100 percent” certain he’ll be on the ballot as a candidate for the job, regardless of whether he’s reinstated before then.
Appearing before a friendly audience of about 60 people at the Democratic Club at Century Village in Pembroke Pines, Israel said he should be judged on the totality of his career, not because of what happened at Stoneman Douglas on Feb. 14 and not his disastrous appearance on CNN 11 days after the shooting.
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