Everyone's Favorite Florida Sherriff Warns Rioters: 'This Will Get You Locked Up'
Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County Florida hit viewers with his visual aides again while explaining the differences between peaceful protests and riots. He also addressed the hundreds of people fleeing blue states that are moving to the sunshine state to not bring their idiotic voting practices with them.
Judd made these comments Monday as politicians announced the passing of a new bill that bans rioting. Judd reassured Florida residence they will be kept safe and that what happened over the summer in other states will not happen in Florida. Judd added that he supports peaceful protest but will not tolerate an angry mob:
"We can tell the difference, and I’ll guarantee you that you’ll be able to tell the difference if you come here and riot."
“Never have I seen the leadership that I see with Governor DeSantis, with Speaker Sprowls, and with President Simpson,” Judd said. “They’re making a positive difference, not for government, but for the people of the state of Florida. Florida is a unique place and a special place. It’s where we work, where we live, but it’s also where the world comes to play, to bring their children, and their children have a right to be safe.”
Judd highlighted the far-left riots that have devastated communities in Democrat-controlled cities across the U.S., including Seattle, Portland, and Minneapolis, and said that officials would not allow that to happen in Florida.
“We’ve got a new law and we’re going to use it if you make us,” Judd said. “We’re going to protect the people. No longer will people walk up and surround you as a citizen of Florida or a visitor of Florida, surround you while you’re eating dinner at an outdoor cafe in a big mob without there being immediate consequences and arrest. It’s not acceptable.”
Without specifically mentioning the Democratic Party, Judd warned people moving to Florida that they needed to vote differently than they may have in the states they were fleeing. It can be reasonably inferred that Judd was warning people against voting for Democrats given that he endorsed pro-Trump candidates in Florida during the last election cycle, was appointed to the Trump administration’s Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment.
“We’re a special place and there are millions and millions of people who like to come here, and quite frankly, we like to have them here,” Judd said. “So we only want to share one thing as you move in hundreds a day, welcome to Florida, but don’t register to vote and vote the stupid way you did up north or you’ll get what they got.”
“There’s a reason that this place is fun,” Judd continued. “There’s a reason why we have a 49-year-low crime rate. And the same people that don’t think we should have an anti-rioting bill or a rioting bill are the same ones that think we ought to let more people out of prison. And where they’re doing that, as the governor and our speakers have alluded to, crime goes up, but it’s not just crime that goes up, victimization goes up.”
"I want to make sure everybody knows this is a peaceful protest. We encourage it. It’s the foundation of our country and we want people to peacefully protest when they feel the need. This is a riot and this will get you locked up before quick in the state of Florida. Pay attention. We’ve got a new law and we’re going to use it if you make us. We’re going to protect the people. No longer will people walk up and surround you as a citizen of Florida or a visitor of Florida, surround you while you’re eating dinner at an outdoor cafe in a big mob without there being immediate consequences and arrest. It’s not acceptable. Well, there’s always some that don’t get it the first time. Peaceful protest, we encourage. And more riot. We can tell the difference, and I’ll guarantee you that you’ll be able to tell the difference if you come here and riot. If you come here and protest peacefully, we encourage that."
Florida was at the beginning of a wave of bills across the country after millions hit the streets to protest police brutality and racial discrimination in the wake of Floyd's death.
At least 93 similar bills have been proposed in 35 states since Floyd died last May. The bills would ban “taunting police” and “camping” on state property, expand activities that are illegal during a riot and impose harsher penalties for blocking traffic.