Israel, speaking during a news conference after news of his firing, said the move was about politics, "not about Parkland". In the days after the carnage, reports revealed how the Broward County Sheriff's Office ignored several red flags, and were guilty of several missteps during the actual shooting.
DeSantis said during a news conference outside the sheriff's office headquarters that Israel failed to keep families and children safe before and during the February 14 shooting that left 14 students and three staff members dead inside the three-story freshman building.
While campaigning previous year, DeSantis said on multiple occasions that Israel should be suspended for how he and his office handled the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
"He failed to protect Floridians and visitors during the tragic Fort Lauderdale International Airport shooting in 2017", DeSantis said.
He said DeSantis was acting on behalf of the National Rifle Association, which quickly blamed the sheriff's office after the shooting. The 40-year-old joined the Coral Springs police department in October 2005 and joined the SWAT team in 2009 and became sergeant in 2014.
Israel said DeSantis vowed to remove him as sheriff when he was campaigning for governor. Rick Scott, had refused to suspend the sheriff, saying he wanted to wait until investigations were complete before deciding.
In a report released last week, a state-appointed commission identified multiple failings in Israel's agency's response to the shooting.
Even some Democratic lawmakers like Senator Gary Farmer say the new Governor is taking the state's environmental policies in the right direction.
Sheriff Israel inserted the word "may" in the BSO policy, and it is insufficient and fails to unequivocally convey the expectation that deputies are expected to immediately enter an active assailant scene where gunfire is active and to neutralize the threat.
Israel said the difference is that he is outspoken against gun violence and championed stricter gun laws.
Israel said that any deputies who are found to have acted inappropriately or failed to act would be dealt with.
"One more second and she makes it", Guttenberg said. Israel told them he didn't want deputies to think they had to conduct suicide missions.
But commissioners also concluded that the department's active shooter training had not been effective.