“Government officials must be held accountable for their actions, and/or inactions. For these reasons, I am suspending Sheriff Israel from office effective immediately,” DeSantis said.
Shortly after DeSantis' announcement, Israel spoke publicly, drawing comparisons to Central Florida's response to the Pulse nightclub massacre in June 2016.
“I understand it’s easier to say, ‘Suspend Israel’ than it is to address the real problem the problem of gun violence,” Israel said. “No one was suspended after the Pulse shooting.”
DeSantis said Coral Springs Sgt. Gregory Tony will replace Israel. Tony will be the first black sheriff in the history of Broward County.