VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WZTV) — A Florida woman faces charges after she can be heard on body camera footage threatening a Volusia County deputy with racist remarks and a visit from the Ku Klux Klan.
Deputy King was sent to Montgomery Street in Deland, Florida on reports of a disturbance at 11:50 p.m. on February 7. Dispatchers said someone was leaving in a black, Lexus passenger car.
The deputy noticed the car with headlights on reversing into the property. He found Julie Edwards, 53, in the vehicle and smelled alcohol on her breath as she spoke to him with slurred speech.
He asked if she would consent to field sobriety exercises, which she declined. The deputy placed Edwards under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.
According to the police report, Edwards refused to cooperate with two deputies. Authorities eventually sat her down in Deputy King’s patrol vehicle.
As the deputy was completing paperwork, reports claim that Edwards told the deputy she hoped to find him alone in a corner and that the Ku Klux Klan would be seeing the deputy and burning crosses on his property.
“Deputy King is of African American descent and knows the history and violence behind the KKK towards minorities, especially the African American community,” the police report reads. “Deputy King does not know Edwards, who she associates with, or who she interacts with. Deputy King took Edwards threat towards him to be true.”
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood released body camera footage of the ordeal, saying “Watch this video if you need any more proof that there’s no expiration date on ignorance.”
Warning: The video contains offensive language.
In the video, a woman can be heard saying “I won’t find you, somebody else will.” The deputy then asks if she is making a threat toward a law enforcement officer.
Edwards responds, “I didn’t say I’d find you. I said somebody else will. I won’t find you. My KKK people will.”
While working on a lap top, the deputy says, “Alright. Thank you for that threat. I’ll add that charge in here.”
Word of an additional charge doesn’t seem to stop Edwards.
“I didn’t say it about you. I said they know people like you. I didn’t say you,” Edwards said in the video. “Hey, ain’t a damn thing wrong with a burning cross in your yard is there? You [expletive] with the wrong white people. You [expletive] up. I hope you don’t have no kids.”
Video shows the deputy listening to country music and driving away with Edwards in the back seat as she blurts out racist threats.
“KKK’s got your [expletive], boy” Edwards can be heard saying in the video. “My KKK friends will burn your family  Have you ever been whipped on a whipping post?”
Sheriff Chitwood defended his deputy on Facebook.
“Kudos to Deputy King for his calm response to all the racist garbage this KKK Enthusiast could throw at him,” Chitwood said. “All law enforcement officers learn to deal with people at their worst, but this level of ignorance is something else.”
Edwards was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, prior refusal to submit to testing, resisting an officer without violence and with threats against a law enforcement officer.
She was transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail with a bond of $2,500.