Woman caught on video issuing racist threats to black police officer
A video has gone viral on social media showing an alleged drunk driver launching into a racist tirade against the cop who arrested her.
Julie Edwards, a 53-year-old woman from DeLand, Florida, was arrested by Deputy Brandon King on Thursday, February 7. King had been called in to investigate a disturbance in the area and discovered an intoxicated Edwards attempting to drive off. He noticed a strong smell of alcohol on her breath upon approaching her and that she was slurring her words, but she reportedly refused to take a breathalyzer test.
King took her into custody, and while driving with her in the car, he recorded her rant against him. In the verbal tirade, Edwards told Deputy King: "KKK’s got your ass boy. They’ll send all you f*cking back … burn the rest of you. My KKK friends will burn your family, you should never be here in the first place. You ever been whipped on a whipping post?"
She then added: "Hope you don’t have no kids. You know what’s going to happen to you now? You don’t want to know. You’re done, you’re f*cked. They’re gonna hurt you bad."
The video of the incident was subsequently uploaded to Twitter by Sheriff Michael Chitwood of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, who praised King for keeping a cool head while being disparaged. Chitwood captioned the post: "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."
Edwards' charging affidavit states: "While Deputy King was completing paperwork, Edwards advised she hopes to find Deputy King in a corner alone or she'll find someone to find him. She then advised the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) would be seeing Deputy King and burning crosses on his property and [racial slur] should've never been let out of slavery."
It adds: "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 to African-Americans today. Deputy King does not know Edwards and does not know her capabilities and takes the threat to be serious. Edwards was additionally charged with threats against a law enforcement officer, first offence."
Edwards has since bonded out of Volusia County Jail. She now faces preliminary charges of refusal to submit to testing, driving under the influence of alcohol, making threats against an officer and resisting an officer without violence. Furthermore, arrest reports show Edwards already has a charge of prior refusal to submit to testing on her record, as well as of resisting an officer without arrest.