Sheriff: We Know How to Handle Rioters in Polk County, Florida

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Sheriff Grady Judd with photo of a “professional rioter” (courtesy Fox News)

[Polk County, Florida Sheriff Grady] Judd said they received information that law enforcement would come under attack at 8 p.m. near Interstate 4 and Highway 27, but the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Highway Patrol were ready.

Judd said the Highway Patrol did a “marvelous job” helping stop the few who showed up for that alleged effort.

“We are going to hunt you down and lock you up if you engage in any criminal conduct,” Judd said.

Judd said there were rumblings on social media that rioters planned to bring violence into the neighborhoods of Polk County.

“I would tell them, if you value your life, they probably shouldn’t do that in Polk County. Because the people of Polk County like guns, 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. So, leave the community alone,” Judd said.

– Ken Suarez and Catherine Hawley in Peaceful protesters gather in Polk County; curfew in effect at 8 p.m.


  1. avatar Dennis says:

    What a shame all of our “leaders” dont have the same mind set!

    1. avatar Ransom says:

      Democrats: “If protesters burn down your home and try to kill your family, please understand their anger and try to Accommodate them. Resistance will be viewed as Macr-aggression and YOU will be arrested.”

      1. avatar Broke_It says:

        I hate that line, “understand their anger.” I’m not going to bother and they’re definitely going to understand my anger when I start unloading on them. I quite clearly understand, these people are lawless and don’t care about anyone but themselves.

        1. avatar Chris T in KY says:

          I hate that line too.

      2. avatar California Richard says:

        “The black community is not responsible for what’s happening in the country right now. We are. We are,” – Gavin Newsom, Govenor Ca

        That’s good to know….. Since I didn’t do anything to make this happen, and it’s not my fault, I’ll make sure to let these people know it was all Newsom’s fault and direct the arsonists to Pac Heights where they can burn Gavin’s, Nancy’s, Kamala’s, and Dianne’s houses…. It is their fault after all.

        1. avatar Jim Bullock says:

          Well, yeah … tolerating, nay encouraging both rampaging goblins n thuggish cops? Treating people making tbeir own way, on their own merits as exlendible, at best, criminals, at worst? Hamstringing people sticking up for themselves?

        2. avatar Bierce Ambrose says:

          Wait, did the boy king say something correct!?

          It really is the end of days.

        3. avatar Chris T in KY says:

          “The black community is not responsible for what’s happening in the country right now. We are. We are,” – Gavin Newsom, Govenor Ca”

          He is correct. White people like him are responsible for what’s going on.

          NYPD Says Evidence PROVES Rioting Is Planned, “Activists” Caught Giving Out Bricks To Protesters video 24 minutes long

    1. avatar No one of consequence says:

      That deputy didn’t say what this sheriff did.

      Sheriff: defend your home against intruders
      Deputy: open fire on anyone participating in a protest

      Bit of a difference there.

      1. avatar Dude says:

        Actually, the media clipped his quote. I would like to see the entire post since I don’t trust the biased media.

        Here is what was reported:

        In a post on Facebook, Casura said, “open fire should have been issued on anyone participating” in the Minneapolis riots, according to Chief Deputy Leighta Laitinen.

        Maybe there was more context, and maybe there wasn’t.

        If someone was breaking into my business, especially given the violent circumstances, I should be able to open fire on them.

  2. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    I’m highly recommending [home owners who are targets of destructive mobs] blow [destructive mobs] back out of the house with their guns. — Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd

    As my father explained to me many moons ago, that is the only kind of “language” that violent thugs understand.

    Kudos to Sheriff Grady Judd.

    1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

      “Kudos to Sheriff Grady Judd.”

      Damn straight.

      I think I’ll start a meme – ‘Grady Judd, America’s Sheriff’…

  3. avatar NORDNEG says:

    Now you got my interest…
    A little adrenaline rush there…now I’m awake, better than a shot of coffee…👍

  4. avatar Steve says:

    That’s the same Sheriff that the guy pulling a cell phone out and it look like a gun on an Uber driver carrying his girlfriend home and the Uber driver gave him a dirt nap.. remember that one?

    1. avatar enuf says:

      Yeah, there’s a video of it linked above. The dead guy had posted violent threats to his girlfriend and the Uber driver taking her home. He then followed the wrong Uber (completely different person in the vehicle) and forced it to stop on a dark road at night. He charged the Uber while pulling his cell phone and pointing it like a gun.

      The driver was a security guard and a graduate of the police academy but had not been hired as an officer. He had but a second to react. He pulled his gun and shot the attacker. Then immediately called 911 while trying to give first aid and keep the attacker alive.

      No gun was found on the attacker. But any reasonable person viewing the dash cam video from the Uber would conclude the attacker was deliberately putting the driver and passenger in fear of their lives.

      So, Dead Right There, his own fault, nobody to blame but himself.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Suicide by Uber.

  5. avatar enuf says:

    He’s 100% correct just so long as he is talking about home invaders, arsonists, violent criminals charging a store to beat the owner into a bloody pulp and steal his livelihood. Hell yes, shoot those people. Doing so is self defense against what any reasonable person would view as an immediate threat to your life.

    Where I live using deadly force to stop an act of arson is specifically allowed in State law.

    But if you shoot a peaceful protester, your ass deserves to be in a sling.

    So be damned certain of your actions.

    1. avatar Ken says:

      He didn’t say a word about shooting peaceful protesters. He specifically said if they’re breaking into homes to steal or set fires, etc.

      1. avatar enuf says:

        Yes, I know that. It has happened elsewhere and is something to be wary of.

  6. avatar GS650G says:

    The idiots at Antifa seem to think their coup will just happen like in a movie.

    1. avatar Dude says:

      It’s hilarious that they don’t realize that they’re nothing but pawns for the rich and powerful as they rail against the supposed rich and powerful, or, you know, just the local struggling business owner. Hey beggars can’t be choosers!

      1. avatar Aaron says:

        Yep. If the leftist folks using ANTIFA and BLM (the “blackshirts” since they wear black) gain power, they will have no more use for the ANTIFA anarchists than Hitler had for the brownshirts.

        The leftist “true believers” are always extirpated once the power grab is complete.

        1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

          The sad part is there are true believers that not only know that but accept it as necessary for the next steps to be taken. Can’t imagine they are often asked to do the preriot pep talks.

        2. avatar Southern Cross says:

          Stalin had a term for such people. He called them “useful fools”.

  7. avatar Aaron says:

    I love that guy!

    “I would tell them, if you value your life, they probably shouldn’t do that in Polk County. Because the people of Polk County like guns, 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. So, leave the community alone,” Judd said.”

  8. avatar enuf says:

    Meanwhile, some police have begun to figure out how to keep the real protesters peaceful, take the furor out of the crowd that the instigators rely on:
    Phoenix Police officers take a knee with George Floyd protesters

    1. avatar Aaron says:

      Or maybe some protestors learned how to act like grown ups instead of angry monkeys.

      1. avatar Dude says:

        We’ve only had peaceful protests in my neck of the woods, but I live in the sane part of the country. 😉

      2. avatar enuf says:

        There have been many times the number of peaceful protesters than of scumbags. Remember it takes a small percentage of criminals to pull all media attention to them, diluting the message and the perceptions of what the actual protesters are all about.

        People who loot, steal, set fires and attack police and citizens are not protesting. They are something else, and deserve to get shot by police and self-defending citizens.

        1. avatar Dude says:

          “People who loot, steal, set fires and attack police and citizens are not protesting.”

          So you actually think none of those people feel justified in their actions (there are actually some videos that portray them feeling very justified)? Did you take a poll, or is that just what you want to believe?

        2. avatar enuf says:

          Why are you inventing words I did not speak and thoughts I did not have?

          If you want to invent dialogue to reply to, buy a mirror and place it in front of your monitor. That way you will know you are arguing with yourself.

        3. avatar Sam I Am says:

          After a bit, the “Reply” button under a screen name is no longer available. Many times, people will simply use the next available “Reply” function to add general comments, or to reply to specific persons (whose thread no longer has the “Reply” function)…but fail to identify the person the comment is intended for. And, sometimes people use the “@” sign, and identify the intended recipient. It does get confusing, if not frustrating.

        4. avatar Dude says:

          What are talking about now? You literally said this: “People who loot, steal, set fires and attack police and citizens are not protesting.”

          I am asking how you know that none of the protesters took part in looting, setting fires, and attacking police. Some of them seemed to feel extremely justified in their actions. I just saw a video today where they were interviewing a black protester who said, when you don’t get the message, this is what will happen. Maybe I can break down further if you still can’t comprehend this conversation: You’re pretending that the looters, arsonists, vandals, and folks beating up random people, and smashing their cars as they drive by don’t feel justified in doing so because another black man lost his life to a police officer. I’m pretty sure we won’t need a mirror for this conversation smart ass.

        5. avatar Dude says:

          I apologize for the name calling.

      3. avatar rt66paul says:

        The large percentage of protesters are peaceful. The rabblerousers show up late and then try to get the fringe riled up. This is planned civil disobedience, using peaceful people. It is a shame the people are being used like this. Maybe they should show how this happens and some of the major players on TV, so that people really know they are being played.

        1. avatar Dude says:

          They understand that Leftism is the weak link in our society, so they exploit it. Remember the Blacktivist account from twitter? He had more followers than the actual Black Lives Matter account. Turns out, he was a Russian troll. Our enemies understand our weakness. China exploits this as well.

        2. avatar John Smith says:

          And you base that statement off of what facts, your recent twitter discovery?

        3. avatar Dude says:

          John, did you not follow the reporting of all of the fake news that supposedly got Trump elected? It’s even funnier to look at it now than it was back then. Yes, Russians coordinated with the Trump campaign by creating fake accounts to talk about…..wait for it… button leftist issues.

          “They are using our pain for their gain. I’m profoundly disgusted,” said Jones, who was stunned to hear that Russian propagandists had impersonated African American activists fighting police violence and racism and had created the event on Facebook, where hundreds RSVP’d.

          Facebook admitted last month that a Russian influence operation had purchased $100,000 worth of ads to spread divisive messages about racial injustice, LGBT rights, immigration and other hot-button subjects, and Congress is now investigating.

          Who knew that some Russians spending $100,000 in ads promoting left wing issues could tilt the election in Trump’s favor, when Hillary spent $1.2 BILLION hiring professional American political consultants. Sounds crazy, huh? That one never gets old!

    2. avatar strych9 says:

      Denver PD took a different tack last night as well.

      They realized that the bad guys were using the crowd for cover particularly on the edges, so they backed up a couple blocks. They could get on top of problems very fast but looters and rioters would have to expose themselves to engage the police.

      As you might expect, the bad folks decided they didn’t really want to play that game.

  9. avatar Aaron says:

    Actual peaceful protests for Floyd would have gotten worldwide sympathy.

    But the protestors are rioters, vandals, looters, arsonists, even murderers. So f*** those useless jackasses.

  10. avatar Bob in IN says:

    Rioters: Hold my beer.

  11. avatar WI Patriot says:

    Perhaps he should run for sheriff in Mi, where the sheriff was to afraid to enforce the law…

  12. avatar former water walker says:

    I wish this guy was MY po-leece chief!!! Our 5-O just said “hide”. And did close to nothing to stop scum. Where I live the “party” is NOT specifically dumbocrat or repub. It’s a somewhat conservative party for the city gubmint. Unfortunately they do pander to whiny folks of color. Such is life in the southern suburbs of Chiraq…and elsewhere.

  13. avatar BOBO says:

    All I can say about the last week is this

    Remember that last time when a black cops killed that innocent white guy in cold blood and all the whites rioted for days burning down Beverly Hills and burning mansions out in the ‘Hampton’s’ then started sinking all those yachts in Miami harbor and burned Malibu out in cali!

    ohhh what that did not happen? I wonder why?

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      “I wonder why?” Well, nobody wants to spill a perfectly good Chablis.

  14. avatar Sam I Am says:

    Some of ya’ll are just so mean. Just plain mean. A bunch of meanies, I mean. Meanwhile….

    I’m gonna mix my third martini and watch Dirty Harry reruns.

    1. avatar CC Ryder says:

      Nope, “Death Wish”.

      1. avatar Sam I Am says:

        “Nope, “Death Wish”.”

        Hhhhmmmm. Saw all those. DH somehow seems better. Is it because Eastwood was so striking as the man with no name in the Westerns?

        1. avatar CC Ryder says:

          Well, that is a good point and possible. Fist Full of dollars, For A Few Dollars More & The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. All good !!

        2. avatar Southern Cross says:

          You could watch The Mandalorian series. It is a spaghetti western in Star Wars. The good, the bad, and the Ugnaught.

        3. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “You could watch The Mandalorian series.”

          Looked it up. Not a free subscription. Basic cable doesn’t include. And, to my disappointment, actually got bored watching a re-run of ST-NG. Maybe I’m not a kid anymore.

          Thanx for the suggestion.

  15. avatar Stev says:

    Must be nice to have leadership with big giant…opinions.

  16. avatar jester says:

    stay hard sheriff grady judd! 🤙🏽

    “A sheriff attributed a suspect’s being shot 68 times to ‘that’s all the bullets we had.’” True Story.

  17. avatar John Smith says:

    Amen to constitutional Sheriffs.

    Make sure your officials do not violate 18 USC, section 242 deprivation of rights under color of law.

  18. avatar Bigus Dickus says:

    I am proud to say he’s my Sherrif, I live in Polk County Florida.

  19. avatar Pat says:

    I want to move and live in Polk County. This sheriff is great!!

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