It really shouldn’t be this way, but sometimes people need to have things explained to them like they are 5 years old.
Apparently, this is the case for many of the violent protesters currently causing chaos throughout American cities.
Maybe this is the only way that they will be capable of differentiating between the two.
To those people I say, put on your learning caps, because Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is here to teach you some lessons.
The difference between peaceful and non-peaceful protests, by Sherriff Grady Judd
The Washington Examiner has the scoop on Sheriff Grady's lesson:
A Florida sheriff held up photos showing the difference between a peaceful protest and a riot during a press conference announcing stricter laws on violent protesters.
“I can tell you folks so that there’s no misunderstanding today,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Monday while holding up two photos. “This is a peaceful protest. This is a riot. We can tell the difference. The governor can tell the difference. Our law enforcement officers can tell the difference.”
“I truly believe in our God-given right and our constitutional right to speak openly and freely to address our government. That’s important. We listen every day. But I’ve also watched across this country when law enforcement officers who put their life on the line were told to stand down, allow them to burn the precinct,” Judd added.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis introduced a bill this week that would enforce mandatory minimum sentences for those involved with violent protests and strip them of government benefits. The bill would also take state funding from cities that move to defund local police departments.
Sheriff Judd made these comments at a press conference Monday after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis proposed the “boldest and most comprehensive” legislation to address violent protests and attacks on police.
WFLA News on Governor Ron DeSantis' proposed legislation:
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis proposed the “boldest and most comprehensive” legislation Monday that addresses violent assemblies and attacks on police officers.
DeSantis said the Combating Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act is in response to the nationwide violence that has stemmed from police brutality protests.
The governor says the bill lays out “clear and predictable penalties” for those in Florida who participate in violent assemblies. It categorizes several demonstrations seen at riots across the country as felonies.
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Under the proposed legislation, participating in violent assemblies would be a third degree felony. Tearing down or destroying monuments would be second degree felony. Obstructing roadways would be a third degree felony.
Local Black Lives Matter advocates quickly denounced the bill and vowed to protest it.
As for Sheriff Judd, he's made a habit of talking with people on a personal level, rather than one of pure authority.
He's also a no-nonsense kind of guy who will tell it like it is.
This is what makes him such a great asset to the law enforcement community.
Thank God the country still has men in charge like Sheriff Judd.
This man tells the truth, and he tells it in the simplest of ways.
Florida is lucky to have him.