During a June 1 press conference about the potential spread of riots and looting in Polk County, Fla., Sheriff Grady Judd warned "criminals" that the law-abiding citizens there "like guns" and "have guns," and he was encouraging them, should crimes occur, to "blow you back out of the house with their guns."
“We have received information through social media that some of the criminals are going to take their criminal conduct into the neighborhoods," said Judd. “I would tell them, if you value your life, they probably shouldn’t do that in Polk County."
"The people in Polk County like guns, they have guns, I encourage them to own guns... And if you try to break into their homes to steal, to set fires, I'm highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns." STORY: https://t.co/NjG4Frlphy pic.twitter.com/KH0g3X0POC— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) June 1, 2020
"Because the people of Polk County like guns," he said. "They have guns. I encourage them to own guns. And they’re going to be in their homes tonight with their guns loaded."
"And if you try to break into their homes to steal, to set fires, I’m highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns," said the sheriff. "So, leave the community alone. And we’ll do our best to support the community."
Sheriff Judd continued, “But ladies and gentlemen, make no mistake about it. All of the ugliness gets taken away by what we’re united about. We’re united about the conduct that you saw with George [Floyd], where his life was taken with a knee to the neck. It was horrific and there are not enough words to explain that. Let’s keep a focus on that.”
“The death of George in Minneapolis at the hands of that police officer was outrageous,” Judd said. “Had that police officer done here what he did there, he would have been locked up in the county jail by sundown.”
Repeating his warning to potential looters, Judd said, “Let there be no misunderstanding, if you come here to riot, to loot, to injure people, we're going to lock you up in the county jail. We are going to hunt you down and lock you up if you engage in any criminal conduct."