Last week a Florida sheriff issued a stern warning to looters, vandals, and rioters looking to prey upon residents in Polk County.
“I would tell them, if you value your life, you probably shouldn’t do that in Polk County,” said Sheriff Grady Judd at a news conference, according to WWLP.
“I encourage them [law-abiding citizens] to own guns, and they’re going to be inside their homes tonight with their guns loaded. And if you try to break into their homes tonight and try to steal, to set fires, I’m highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns,” Judd added.
Judd was responding to rumors on social media that agitators were going to descend on the Lakeland community to cause trouble.
The sheriff also noted that law enforcement would do its part to keep the public safe.
“But Minneapolis is not Polk County,” he explained. “And I want to say unequivocally that the community here is unbelievable … But please understand, that if you come here to riot, to loot, to injure people, we’re going to lock you up in the county jail.”
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