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Video shows Florida woman on racist tirade against Black officer
A white Florida woman went on a racist tirade and threatened a Black officer who was arresting her for drunk driving, BuzzFeed News reported Wednesday.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Department released edited footage of the encounter from the arresting officer’s body cam on Twitter.
The department tweeted: “As @SheriffChitwood put it: ‘Watch this if you need any more proof there’s no expiration date on ignorance.’ You may have heard someone made racist threats against one of our deputies. Before you go on a racist rant, just remember we have body cams.”
As @SheriffChitwood put it: "Watch this if you need any more proof there's no expiration date on ignorance."— Volusia Co. Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) February 12, 2019
You may have heard someone made racist threats against one of our deputies.
Before you go on a racist rant, just remember we have body cams.
*Warning: Racist language* pic.twitter.com/RZDuph1lZo
“My KKK friends will burn your family, you should never have been here in the first place, have you ever been whipped on a whipping post?” Julie Edwards, 53, can be heard telling Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputy Brandon King in the footage. “I won’t find ya, my KKK people will … You don’t fuck with a white girl.”
She repeatedly threatened the officer and called him the N-word throughout the racist rant.
King was responding to a home disturbance, and upon arrival, he saw Edwards trying to leave the home in a black Lexus. Per the police report, King saw signs she was intoxicated: She was slurring, her breath smelt of alcohol, and she tried to “unsteadily” walk away from him. Edwards also refused a breathalyzer test and field sobriety exercises. She then resisted arrest by walking away from him while handcuffed and refused to get into the police cruiser, according to BuzzFeed News.
Edwards began her racist rant against King while sitting in the police cruiser as the officer was trying to complete the paperwork for the arrest.
King kept his cool throughout the encounter and began to sing along to the radio at one point.
“Kudos to Deputy King for his calm response to all the racist garbage this KKK Enthusiast could throw at him. Great job Deputy & thank you to everyone condemning the hate in this video!” Sheriff of Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood wrote on Twitter.
Kudos to Deputy King for his calm response to all the racist garbage this KKK Enthusiast could throw at him.— Mike Chitwood (@SheriffChitwood) February 12, 2019
Great job Deputy & thank you to everyone condemning the hate in this video! https://t.co/RvQ71WFdj4
Edwards is facing the charges of resisting an officer without violence, driving under the influence, threat against law enforcement officer, and prior refusal to submit to testing, according to the Volusia County Corrections’ arrest records. She is currently not in custody.
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H/T BuzzFeed News
Eilish O'Sullivan is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism and government at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle and the Daily Texan.