Woman reportedly told Black officer he'll get visit from KKK after she was busted for drunk driving
A white woman arrested for drunk driving added more charges to her count after going into a racist tirade against the black officer that put her in handcuff.
On the night of February 8, deputy Brandon King, from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, was dispatched to a residence near South Montgomery Street in DeLand, Florida, to attend a disturbance call.
Upon arrival, King noticed a car with its headlights on reversing into a residency. After reaching out to the driver, 53-year-old Julie Edwards, the deputy detected a strong alcohol odor coming from the woman, according to police reports.
Edwards allegedly tried to escape from the officer and refused to submit to a field sobriety test. After being handcuffed, Edwards threw herself to the ground, not listening to the deputy’s demands for her to get up. King needed assistance from another officer to get the intoxicated woman back on her feet.
As the officer filed the necessary paperwork, the woman went on a racist tirade, threatening the black officer by saying that someone would find him, that he “messed with the wrong white people,” and that her friends at the KKK would “burn crosses on his property.”
She also used racist slurs and said that black people “should have never been let out of slavery.”
According to the police report, the deputy didn’t take the woman’s threats lightly. King “knows the history and violence behind the KKK towards minorities, especially the African American community,” the charging affidavit says and continues:
“Deputy King does not know Edwards, who she associates with, or who she interacts with. King took Edwards threat toward him to be true.”
According to the Volusia County Jail inmate records, Edwards was charged for DUI, prior refusal to submit to testing, resisting an officer without violence and threat against a law enforcement officer. She was bailed out of jail with a $2,500 bond.
The Volusia Sheriff Office’s Twitter account has since shared a video of the exchange, where the woman can be heard making threats as the officer remains in calm despite the racism spewed against him.
“Watch this if you need any more proof there's no expiration date on ignorance,” they captioned the clip.
Sheriff Mike Chitwood praised deputy King for his reaction to the woman’s words:
“Kudos to Deputy King for his calm response to all the racist garbage this KKK Enthusiast could throw at him. Great job Deputy & thank you to everyone condemning the hate in this video!” he wrote on Twitter.
The woman could be facing thousands of dollars in fines and suspension of her driver’s license if convicted on all counts.
This is just one of many incidents of racist people making threats and using the KKK to terrorize black people in the past months.
In her account, she said Wojtas stabbed her dog, used the N-word on her family repeatedly and told them the “KKK is coming.”
McDowell, a single mother of three, said Wojtas began her attacks in August 2017, making racist and physical threats. Two months later, McDowell found her 5-year-old pit bull Sasha with a knife in her back in Wojta’s backyard. He claimed he stabbed it in self-defense after Sasha attacked one of his dogs.
They battled in court with Wojta demanding over $3K to cover the expenses of his dog’s injuries, and was ruled at fault – or her dog was, according to the judge who reasoned that it was a pit bull.
The man also brought a shotgun to his porch and threatened McDowell, threw peach-colored paint on her red car, and yelled racist slurs at her family, which she caught on video to filed a police report.
Police are currently debating on whether additional charges will be made against Wojtas.
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