Sheriff Issues Warning to Anti-Cop Mobs: If You Attack Us, 'Expect Us to Shoot Back'
Butler County, Ohio, Sheriff Richard Jones slams 'lawlessness' in Democrat-run cities
A straight-talking Ohio sheriff has issued a stern warning for the anti-cop mobs expecting to get a free pass for attacking police in his jurisdiction.
Speaking in response to the months of "lawlessness" in Democrat-controlled cities across the country, Butler County, Ohio, Sheriff Richard Jones didn't mince his words while taking aim at those who “abuse police.”
"I won’t tolerate it period,” Jones said in a Wednesday press release.
"You shoot at the police, expect us to shoot back,” the sheriff warned.
"IF YOU THINK ABOUT COMING TO BUTLER COUNTY TO ABUSE POLICE
THINK AGAIN," Sheriff Jones said in a direct message to the mobs.
Jones says he’s seen shots being fired at officers in cities across the country.
He recounts incidents involving police including water dumped on officers in New York, frozen water bottles being thrown, as well as officers blinded by lasers in Portland, Oregon.
The most recent incident involving shots fired at police officers locally occurred Monday in suburban Warren County, according to Fox News.
During the incident, a chase resulted in a shootout during which a Middletown police officer sustained gunshot wounds.
Jones does not mention the Warren County incident in Wednesday’s release.
During a press conference about that shootout, Jones talked about defunding the police and the safety of officers.
“I will not allow my deputies or any law enforcement officer in Butler County to take the abuse I have seen over the past several months,” Jones said.
“If you come to this county expecting a free pass to harm one of my men or women in uniform keep in mind, nothing in life is free.”
Jones also made headlines for his words back in July when he said, “I am not going to be the mask police.”
He was responding to a statewide mask mandate issued by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine a few days earlier.
Sheriff Jones's full message reads:
Office of the Sheriff
For Immediate Release ….. September 2, 2020
IF YOU THINK ABOUT COMING TO BUTLER COUNTY TO ABUSE POLICE
Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones states he has seen the lawlessness in the country over the last few months directed towards police. The Sheriff has seen water dumped on police in New York, bricks and frozen water bottles thrown at police as well as officers blinded by lasers in Portland, Oregon. In addition, Police have been shot at in Chicago and all across the country.
“I won’t tolerate it, period. You shoot at the police expect us to shoot back. I will not allow my deputies or any law enforcement officer in Butler County to take the abuse I have seen over the past several months. If you come to this county expecting a free pass to harm one of my men or women in uniform keep in mind, nothing in life is free,” states Sheriff Jones.