Florida Sheriff Urges Citizens to 'Blow' Looters 'Back Out the House With Their Guns'
Sheriff Grady Judd sends advice for homeowners and warning to rioters
A Florida sheriff has sent a warning to would-be looters and home intruders by urging citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights by firing upon anyone attempting to pillage their homes.
“The people in Polk County like guns, they have guns, I encourage them to own guns,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a press briefing Monday following heated protests in the Lakeland area, Fox 13 reported.
“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,” Judd added.
"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
Hundreds of demonstrators were seen spilling into a local park in Lakeland, Florida Sunday to protest the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody after a Minneapolis officer knelt on his neck for more than 8 minutes, as shown in a video.
The protest began peacefully but turned violent in a clash with local law enforcement, WFLA reported.
Neighboring Hillsborough County also experienced violence over the weekend as looters allegedly ransacked a Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant and a Champs Sports store, according to The Daily Caller.
Photos from Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister also appear to show vandalized police vehicles.
“For the first time in 29 years, I had to do an all-call and call every available unit from the entire 1,110-square-mile county to rush to the university area to restore some order to such a chaotic scene,” Chronister told Tampa Bay 10.
Meanwhile in Nebraska, a white Omaha bar owner who shot and killed a black protester over the weekend will not be facing charges after prosecutors determined he had acted in self-defense, a county attorney said Monday.
Douglas County Attorney Donald Kleine, speaking during a press conference, said the actions of the bar owner, Jake Gardner, “were justified.”
Kleine acknowledged that the decision would not be popular, given the calls for Gardner to be charged with murder in the death of 22-year-old James Scurlock.
Anticipating further unrest in the decision not to charge Gardner, Omaha officials urged businesses to close early.
During the press conference, Kleine played video clips of the Saturday night confrontation between Gardner and several other people that lead to Scurlock’s death, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
In the video, 38-year-old Gardner can be seen standing outside one of his establishments in a heated exchange with a group of people.
At one point he backs away from the group before ending up on his back.
A skirmish ensued between Gardner and Scurlock before Gardner fatally shot Scurlock.
Gardner was taken into custody at Omaha police headquarters Saturday night and released Sunday night, the Omaha World-Herald reported.