Sheriff removed after Parkland shooting running for old job

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In this Jan. 11, 2019, photo, suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel listens to comments by his attorney at a news conference after new Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Israel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., over his handling of February’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Israel testified for seven hours Wednesday, June 19, while fighting to regain his job. A lawyer for DeSantis focused his questions on training that former Deputy Scot Peterson received before the shooting in February 2018. Israel replied that Peterson was trained but there’s no way he could have given him the courage to confront the shooter. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida sheriff who was removed by the governor from his elected office after a school shooting that left 17 people dead is running for his old job in 2020.

Former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel filed paperwork Monday stating his intention to run in the August 2020 Democratic primary.

Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Israel in January for his department’s response to the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Israel is fighting the suspension before the Florida Senate and had previously committed to running for the seat regardless of whether he was reinstated.

The Republican governor has accused Israel of incompetence and neglect of duty for failing to properly train his deputies for an active shooter situation.

Israel’s lawyer says DeSantis’ decision to suspend the sheriff was politically motivated.

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