Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels released a Facebook video in which he bragged about using his militarized police force to break into a home and arrest some young people (for marijuana) in Orange Park, Florida, on Jan. 5.
The Free Thought Project notes that Daniels’ masked officers are seen in the video with AR-15s and multiple Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, which used to be part of the U.S. Army.
In the video, Daniels carries his cup of coffee and gloats (about using hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money for the pot arrests):
I say it time and time again. And folks don’t seem to believe what I’m saying. As the sheriff of Clay County, I’m telling you that if you want to commit crimes in the county, you’ve got options: You can stop what you’re doing. You can leave Clay County. Or, you can be on the receiving end of this.
Daniels then issued his threat to the public:
One day. You’ll be sleeping at night, or early one morning and you’ll hear a bang and a lot of noise. And, the end result and outcome will be me, standing in your living room like I said, drinking my morning cup of coffee. Fifteen going to jail, three big gulps.
The Free Thought Project researched the arrest records and only found five arrests. The sheriff’s department also noted five arrests on their Facebook page, not 15 as Daniels claimed.
The sheriff’s department also wrote on their Facebook page that “during today’s Arrest/Search warrant our members seized heroin/fentanyl, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and other evidence related to narcotics distribution.”
The Free Thought Project notes that no one was charged with possession of heroin or fentanyl, per the arrest records.
The sheriff’s department claimed on Facebook that previous crimes had been committed in the past at the same house, but provided no proof of their claim.
The sheriff’s department got pounded in their Facebook comments section:
This was hillarious. Thanks for the morning comedy. Great to see all you big bad swat members busting out windows of some little kids. GREAT SHOW OF FORCE. Yall must have been excited to find something to do. Brought every truck availble. Good job managing resources. And if this was a big bust wouldnt you be proud to show it off? Where is it?
I’d like to say good job, but Militarization of police, and how they use their military toys and training against citizens, is becoming a major problem in this country.
The stupid belief that the war on drugs can ever be won …your bleeding the American people on both sides…those raids cost hundreds of thousands of dollars only to put them in prison where they get 3 hits and a cot on the tax payer dime also…