The sheriff of Clay County, Florida, is warning people against falling “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.”
In a three-minute video posted this week by Sheriff Darryl Daniels, the public servant called out the “mainstream media” for leaving God out of much of its dialogue and reporting on the Black Lives Matter movement and calls to disband and dismantle police departments around the country.
The sheriff pointed out that law enforcement officers take an oath “to support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States and the government. … And we end that with, ‘So help me God.’”
“But,” Daniels continued, “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.”
He then gave a staunch warning to any aggressive or violent protesters who might try to come into Clay County to cause a disruption.
Daniels announced in the video he would “make special deputies of every lawful gun owner” in the county if the demonstrators were to overwhelm the sheriff’s department.
“If we can’t handle you,” he explained. “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.”
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