White drunk driving suspect tells black officer the KKK will find him
A white woman suspected of driving drunk in Florida threatened a black deputy during a traffic stop – telling the officer he “f–ked with the wrong white people” and that the Ku Klux Klan will find him, a disturbing video shows.
Julie Edwards, 53, was stopped by a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputy while trying to back up her Lexus at a home in DeLand after a “disturbance” was reported there late Thursday. Deputy Brandon King, who is black, responded to the scene and found Edwards slurring her words with her breath reeking of alcohol, according to an arrest report obtained by the Miami Herald.
“I won’t find you, somebody else will,” Edwards told King, police bodycam video released Tuesday by the sheriff’s office shows.
“You making a threat to a law enforcement officer?” King responds.
“No, I didn’t say that,” Edwards continued.
“So what do you mean you’ll find me one day?” King asked.
“I didn’t say I’d find you, I said somebody else will,” Edwards said. “I won’t find you. The KKK people will.”
“All right, thank you for that threat,” King continued. “I’ll add that charge in here, too.”
Edwards then tried to claim she wasn’t talking specifically about King, according to the video, which was blasted as “racist garbage” by Sheriff Michael Chitwood.
“I didn’t say it about you, I said they know people like you,” Edwards continued. “I didn’t say you … Hey, ain’t a damn thing wrong with a burning cross in your yard is there?”
Edwards then said King “f–ked with the wrong white people,” insisting that he made a mistake by pulling her over and even threatened the deputy’s family.
“Hope you don’t have no kids,” Edwards said. “You know what’s going to happen to you now? You don’t want to know. You’re done, you’re fucked. They’re gonna hurt you bad.”
Edwards accused King of laughing at her, but the 2-minute video doesn’t support that claim. She again referenced the Ku Klux Klan as the deputy drove away from the scene.
“KKK’s got your ass, boy,” Edwards said. “Burn your ass.”
Chitwood praised King for keeping a cool head during the encounter with Edwards and the “racist garbage” she spewed.
“Watch this if you need any more proof there’s no expiration date on ignorance,” Chitwood wrote Tuesday on Twitter. “Before you go on a racist rant, just remember we have body cams.”
Edwards, who could not be reached for comment Wednesday, is now facing charges of resisting an officer without violence, driving under the influence, making a threat against a law enforcement officer and refusing to submit for testing, the Miami Herald reported.
Edwards was no longer in custody as of Wednesday, jail records show. It was unclear if she had hired an attorney.
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