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A white woman in Florida threatened a black sheriff’s deputy with a visit from the KKK after he pulled her over on suspicion of drunk driving.
“My KKK friends will burn your family,” Julie Edwards, 53, can be heard saying in the video released by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Edwards reportedly made the threats after deputies stopped her while she was backing her Lexus down a driveway in DeLand. The deputies had been called to the scene to investigate a “disturbance” and discovered Edwards in the vehicle, according to The Miami Herald.
The woman’s breath allegedly reeked of alcohol and she was reportedly slurring her words. After refusing to consent to a breathalyzer or do field sobriety tests, she was handcuffed and placed into the cruiser.
As deputy Brandon King was filling out paperwork for her arrest, Edwards threatened the deputy and his family, telling him he would receive a visit from the KKK and have a cross burned in his yard, as seen in a video of the arrest.
“N----- should have never been let out of slavery,” she reportedly said.
In the video, she can be heard telling King that “somebody” would find him and declaring he had “f--ked with the wrong white people.”
When King asked whether she was making a threat against a law enforcement officer, she responded by saying, “No, I didn’t say that.”
King then asked for further clarification.
“So, what do you mean you’ll find me one day?” he asked.
“I didn’t say I’d find you, I said somebody else will,” she replied. “I won’t find you. The KKK people will.”
The Volusia County Sheriff Office's social media post explained that the racist rant was captured by the deputy’s body camera.
“Watch this video if you need any more proof that there’s no expiration date on ignorance,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said in the post.
Chitwood said King didn’t know Edwards prior to their exchange and took the threats seriously.
“Deputy King is of African-American descent and knows the history behind the KKK and the pain and torture they have caused and still cause African Americans today,” he wrote.
Edwards has been charged with driving under the influence, prior refusal to submit to testing, resisting an officer without violence, and threats against a law enforcement officer, the sheriff’s office said.
She was taken to the Volusia County jail, but has since been released, according to jail records.
[Photo: Volusia County Corrections]
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