In the report released in September. Dudley Goodlette, who was appointed by the Florida Senate to review the case on Israel determined, "Sheriff Israel and the BSO are not blameless for the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas. That said, the evidence offered has not demonstrated that Sheriff Israel should be removed from office based on this incident."
Israel, who was the Broward County Sheriff during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Massacre, was removed from office over his department's failures related to the mass murder.
DeSantis charged Israel with neglect of duty and incompetence in his response to the mass shooting in Parkland and another shooting, suspending the embattled sheriff in January.
The 34- page report by the special master, however, said that DeSantis failed to make a case against Israel.
"While the governor has offered a plethora of criticism, he has not shown that Sheriff Israel's policies, procedures or training on active shooter situations were inconsistent with Florida law enforcement standards," the report reads.
The arbitrator went on to write that what happened at the Parkland massacre in Feb. 2018 was the "culmination of individual failures," putting much of the blame on disgraced school resource officer and former Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson.
“Overall, the evidence presented to me suggests it was individual failures that plagued the Stoneman Douglas response, not neglect or incompetence by Sheriff Israel,” Goodlette concluded.
The Republican-led Senate was tasked with determining Israel's future -- which they did on Monday.
The vote was razor thin, with nine senators voting in favor of Israel’s permanent removal and seven favoring his reappointment -- a vote down party line.
Audible cheers and applause rang out at the Capitol from family members of students and staff members who sat directly facing the Senate panel from the front row of the meeting room.
"There have been 614 days since I lost my sister Meadow. Every one of those days, I woke up, thought about her, and fought for justice 614 days later, I can finally say Scott Israel will be held accountable with the Florida Senate recommending his removal as Broward Sheriff," said Hunter Pollack, brother of Meadow Pollack who was one of the victims slain on Feb. 14, 2018.