Florida Sheriff Will Deputize 'Every Lawful Gun Owner' If Needed to Handle Lawless Protests

By Michael W. Chapman | July 2, 2020 | 10:10am EDT
Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels (Screen Capture)
Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels (Screen Capture)

(CNS News) -- Florida Sheriff Darryl Daniels criticized the liberal media for misrepresenting law enforcement as the "enemy," and pledged that if radical protesters become overwhelming, he will "make special deputies of every lawful gun owner" in the county to ensure the civil order. 

"That's what we're sworn to do, and that's what we're gonna do," he said. "You've been warned."

Daniels is the first black sheriff in the history of Clay County, which is south of Jacksonville, Fla. 

Surrounded the law enforcement officers of his department, Sheriff Daniels made a video that explains his office's approach to the radical protests being perpetrated in the United States in recent times. 

Sheriff Daniels states: 

"Hey, folks, me and the men and women of the Clay County Sheriff's Office just want to weigh in on what we're seeing going on, played out across the media or mainstream media in this country.

"Look, folks, don't fall victim to subjecting yourself to this conversation that law enforcement is bad, that law enforcement is the enemy of the citizens that were sworn to protect and serve. We swore an oath. In that oath we swore to support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the government, and that we are duly qualified under the state's Constitution to hold office. That is for me as a sheriff and for these men and women as deputy sheriffs, and we end that [oath] with, ‘so help me God.’

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"But God is absent from the media's message or Black Lives Matter or any other group out there 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.

"I just wanted to take a stand with these men, and with these women who feel the same way that I do: Lawlessness? That's unacceptable in this country. Lawlessness? That's unacceptable in Clay County.

"And if you threaten to come to Clay County and think that for one second that 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 you see standing behind me, who will have strong backbones and will stand in the gap between lawlessness and the good citizenry that was sworn to protect and serve.

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"So you can threaten all you want. You can say, hey, let's go to Clay County or let's go to some other peaceful county where there problems don't exist or not so much like across this country, where relationships are great and not strained, and where the people support their sheriff and support the men and women who wear the uniform, and you'll have something waiting on you that you don't want.

"Yes, we’ll protect your constitutional rights as long as you remain under the umbrella of peaceful protests or peaceful march. But the second that you step out from up under the 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 this a threat? Absolutely not. But somebody has to step up in front of the cameras and say, enough is enough!  Tearing up Clay County, that's not going to be acceptable. And if we can’t handle you, you know what I'll do?

"I will 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, and that's what we're gonna do. You've been warned."

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