The Clay County Sheriff’s Department just used a small army of troops and MRAPs to bust some kids with a little weed. And…they are bragging about it on video.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Department is getting heavy backlash on social media this week. They released a video of a SWAT raid in which thousands of dollars of police resources were used to bust a handful of kids who had some marijuana. Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels led the bust.
In the video that looks more like a terrorist organization threatening its enemies than public servants solving crimes, Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels shows off his massive militarized police army. They use excessive means to arrest a bunch of young people for possession of marijuana.
The Arrest by Sheriff Daniels
Masked men carrying AR-15s, multiple Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles equipped with battering rams, were all dispatched Friday morning to the home to serve a narcotics search warrant.
In the video, Daniels claims his raid netted him 15 arrests. However, according to arrest records, only five young adults were charged. There are more than a dozen kids sitting on the sidewalk in disbelief after a massive army was deployed to bust them.
“Are you kidding me?” one of the detainees says as the cop walks by filming them.
A person filming caught a scene that looked like it was out of Fallujah, Iraq. However, these ‘soldiers’ weren’t going after dangerous foreign terrorists or even domestic child traffickers. They were going after kids selling a plant.
Standing between two MRAPs and in front of a small army of masked men is the Sheriff. He is waiting patiently for the cameraman to arrive. This is, of course, so he can gloat to the world about using hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of taxpayer money to arrest some kids with pot.
“I say it time and time again,” Daniels said in the video. “And folks don’t seem to believe what I’m saying. As the sheriff of Clay County, I’m telling you that if you want to commit crimes in the county, you’ve got options: You can stop what you’re doing. You can leave Clay County. Or, you can be on the receiving end of this.”
The sheriff then walks into the home to issue his threating warning and show off his almighty drug war army.
“One day,” says Daniels, “You’ll be sleeping at night, or early one morning and you’ll hear a bang and a lot of noise. And, the end result and outcome will be me, standing in your living room like I said, drinking my morning cup of coffee.”
Daniels then takes a big swig out of his coffee mug and responds once more by gloating to the camera. “Fifteen going to jail—three big gulps.”
After the raid, the sheriff’s department posted the video to their Facebook page where the internet proceeded to tear them apart. In the description of the video, the department claimed to have “seized heroin/fentanyl, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and other evidence related to narcotics distribution.”
Even though they claimed to have seized heroin/fentanyl, TFTP pulled the arrest records from the raid and not a single person was charged with possession of heroin or fentanyl.
- Gibson, 21, Middleburg: Charged with possession of fewer than 20 grams of cannabis
- Hand, 21, Orange Park: Charged with possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and narcotic paraphernalia
- Thompson, 21, Orange Park: Charged with possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and narcotic paraphernalia
- Lippus, 18, Middleburg: Charged with possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and narcotic paraphernalia
- Endres, 30, Orange Park: Charged with ownership, lease or possession in or manufacturing a controlled substance
William Endres was the homeowner which is why he is facing the serious chared listed above.
The Comments Online
After the video was posted to Facebook, the department received more backlash than praise.
“This was hilarious. Thanks for the morning comedy. Great to see all you big bad swat members busting out windows of some little kids. GREAT SHOW OF FORCE. Yall must have been excited to find something to do. Brought every truck available. Good job managing resources. And if this was a big bust wouldn’t you be proud to show it off? Where is it?” one Facebook user asked.
“I’d like to say a good job. But Militarization of police, and how they use their military toys and training against citizens, is becoming a major problem in this country,” wrote another.
“The stupid belief that the war on drugs can ever be won. You’re bleeding the American people on both sides. Those raids cost hundreds of thousands of dollars only to put them in prison where they get 3 hits and a cot on the taxpayer dime also …” wrote another.