Florida Sheriff Promises To Deputize Gun Owners To Fight Godless Black Lives Matter

Florida Sheriff Promises To Deputize Gun Owners To Fight Godless Black Lives Matter July 1, 2020

Deplorable: Throwing red meat to his conservative base, Clay County Florida Sheriff Darryl Daniels promises to deputize all gun owners to fight “godless” Black Lives Matter protesters.

In a video released Tuesday, Daniels said he would make “special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this county” to put down Black Lives Matter protesters.

Florida Times-Union reports:

Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels vowed to put down any protests that aren’t peaceful with the full force of his office and with the help of gun-owning residents. Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels, no stranger to making viral videos appealing to tough-on-crime politics, released a video Tuesday that said he will make “special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this county” if he feels the county is overwhelmed by protesters.

The three-minute video shows Daniels standing in front of 18 deputies as he derides civil-rights protesters as godless disruptors and tells them to stay out of Clay County, a suburb of Jacksonville. 

Florida Politics reports:

A Northeast Florida Sheriff facing a competitive primary used department resources to make a self-promotional video this week under the guise of combating civil unrest.

The message to would-be protesters: “You’ve been warned.”

Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels released Tuesday a red meat video vowing to, if needed, deputize gun owners in the event  Black Lives Matter protesters came into the county.

The text of Daniels’ rant reads:

Don’t fall victim or play victim to this conversation that law enforcement is bad, that law enforcement is the enemy of the citizens that we’re sworn to protect and serve.

We swore an oath, and in that oath, we swore to support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the government, and that we’re duly qualified under the state’s constitution to hold office.

That means for me as a sheriff and these men and women as deputy sheriffs. And we end that with, ‘So help me God,’ but God is absent from the media’s message or Black Lives Matter or any other group that’s making themselves a spectacle disrupting what we know to be our quality of life in this country.

In Clay County we have a great quality of life. We have a great relationship with our community. But across this nation, not so much. I wanted to take a stand with these men and women who feel the same way as I do.

Lawlessness, that’s unacceptable in this country, that’s unacceptable in Clay County. And if you come to Clay County and you think for one second, we’ll bend our backs for you, you’re sadly mistaken.

I know what happens when lawlessness prevails. And in this day and time, God is raising up men and women just like the folks standing behind me who will have strong backbones and will stand in the gap between lawlessness and the citizenry we’re sworn to protect.

So, you can threaten all you want. You can say let’s go to Clay County or let’s go to some other peaceful county where problems don’t exist where relationships are great and not strained and where the people support their sheriff and support the men and women in uniform. And you’ll have something waiting you don’t want.

Yes, we’ll protect your constitutional rights as long as you remain under the umbrellas of peaceful protest or peaceful march.

But the second you step out from up under protection of the Constitution, we’ll be waiting on you and we’ll give you everything you want. All the publicity, all the pain, all the glamour and glory for all that five minutes will give you.

Is it a threat? Absolutely not. But someone has to step up in front of the camera and say enough is enough. Tearing up Clay County, that’s not going to be acceptable

If we can’t handle you, I’ll exercise the power and authority as the sheriff, and I’ll make special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this county and I’ll deputize them for this one purpose to stand in the gap between lawlessness and civility. That’s what we’re sworn to do. That’s what we’re going to do. You’ve been warned.

Watch the video below –

Commenting on the story, Florida Times-Union notes that Daniels “is himself under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement related to an affair he had with a fellow officer back when he was at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and a subsequent false arrest of that officer.”

Bottom line: A politically desperate Florida sheriff throws red meat to his conservative base by promising to deputize all gun owners to fight the Black Lives Matter movement.

Florida Sheriff Promises To Deputize Gun Owners To Fight ‘Godless’ Black Lives Matter (Image via Screen Grab)
Florida Sheriff Promises To Deputize Gun Owners To Fight ‘Godless’ Black Lives Matter (Image via Screen Grab)

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