Sheriff to ‘replace’ legal gun owners against ‘lawlessness’

A Florida sheriff says he will “ replace ” any lawful gun owner in his county to crush violent protests his deputies cannot handle only after the violence has followed demonstrations of the police-related murder of George Floyd.

Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels did not indicate in a three-minute Wednesday video that demonstrations are planned in his suburb of Jacksonville.

Daniels also said he would protect peaceful protests, but added that if someone starts tearing Clay County apart, it will not be acceptable.

“If we can’t handle you, I’ll exercise the power and authority as a sheriff and place special delegates from every lawful gun owner in the county and place them for this one purpose: in the gap between lawlessness and politeness,” Daniels said. a white cowboy hat while standing in front of 18 delegates.

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Notifying Violent Protesters: Darryl Daniels (center), the sheriff in Clay County, Florida, is pictured in a video warning that he will `` replace '' any lawful gun owner in his county to crush violent protests his deputies cannot handle , following demonstrations by George Floyd

Notifying Violent Protesters: Darryl Daniels (center), the sheriff in Clay County, Florida, is pictured in a video warning that he will “ replace ” any lawful gun owner in his county to crush violent protests his deputies cannot handle , following demonstrations by George Floyd

Daniels (pictured on a picture on Facebook) said he would replace legal gun owners for “one goal: to stand in the gap between lawlessness and politeness.”

The sheriff’s warning follows protests that broke out across the country following Floyd’s police-related murder on Minneapolis on Memorial Day.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black father of five, died after police officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee to the man’s neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest.

Video footage of the bystander incident shows the killing, sparking protests by Black Lives Matter calling for an end to police brutality and systematic racism.

Clay County has a population of approximately more than 215,000 people and is a suburb of Jacksonville, which experienced violence during several demonstrations, triggering curfews throughout the city earlier this month.

A sheriff’s assistant chief told News4Jax that Clay County has experienced a “very slight increase” in threats from outsiders seeking to enter the community to protest or damage public property.

Assistant chief Keith Smith, speaking on the news broadcast, had helped paint offensive graffiti off a wall near a church that seemed related to the Black Lives Matter movement.

An assistant chief said Clay County has experienced a “very slight increase” in threats from outsiders seeking to enter the community to protest or damage public property. Offensive graffiti (photo) linked to Black Lives Matter has recently been repainted

The offensive graffiti was found on a wall near a church, says assistant chief Keith Smith

The offensive graffiti was found on a wall near a church, says assistant chief Keith Smith

The offensive graffiti was found on a wall near a church, says assistant chief Keith Smith

“We don’t want this to get out of hand,” said Smith News4Jax. “We want people to know that you have every right to protest, and we will protect it, but Clay County will not tolerate outside instigators.”

Daniels, who is also black, said in the video that his department has a “great relationship” with the residents, but “if you come to Clay County and think for a second, we’ll bow your back, you’re sadly mistaken. ‘

“As soon as you go out under the protection of the Constitution, we’ll wait for you and give you everything you want: all the publicity, all the pain, all the glamor and glory for all those five minutes will give you. ‘

Daniels, a Republican who is completing his first term in office, will be challenged in the upcoming elections by six opponents, including some who accused him of recording the video for publicity.

His challengers include former Atlantic Beach Police chief Michelle Cook, former Clay County emergency director Ben Carroll, and Mike Taylor, a former Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent and investigator for the prosecutor, who has earned the approval of former Governor Jeb Bush. USA Today.

“We train in intense situations to control the adrenaline rush,” said Taylor, “and we don’t do it perfectly, but we train to be prepared to make decisions under pressure. That is necessary to be effective. ‘

“To think that we can put everyone in that role and it will be fine, we ask for a much bigger problem and invite chaos and anarchy on the street. Clay County residents deserve better than that, “Taylor told the national newspaper.

Eugene O’Donnell, a professor at John Jay Criminal College in New York, agreed that there are concerns about liability when using deputy gun owners for failing to have the proper training and background checks necessary for the job.

“It sounds like some sort of posse,” O’Donnell told DailyMail.com. “It is very unwise. It would be a huge challenge. ‘

Daniels (left), who is running for reelection, was criticized by his rivals over the video and accused the sheriff of staging a publicity stunt.  He declined to comment on the comments

Daniels (left), who is running for reelection, was criticized by his rivals over the video and accused the sheriff of staging a publicity stunt.  He declined to comment on the comments

Daniels (left), who is running for reelection, was criticized by his rivals over the video and accused the sheriff of staging a publicity stunt. He declined to comment on the comments

Cook said Daniels might have sounded “tough and macho” on the video footage, but accused him of calling for “vigilance.”

She also said the video footage was a sign that Daniels was not fit for leadership and for keeping the community ‘safe’.

A spokesman for the sheriff’s office told DailyMail.com that Daniels declined to comment on his rivals’ comments.

Daniels is also under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, or FDLE, after his former employer, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, announced last year that he was having an affair with a colleague while in prison.

Daniels, who is married, was accused of falsely arresting the woman. He apologized, but said he wouldn’t talk about details.

The investigation remains “active,” an FDLE spokesperson told DailyMail.com

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