- Julie Edwards, 55, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence last week after police responded to a report of a disturbance at a DeLand, Florida, house.
- When in the police car, Edwards was audibly recorded going on a racist rant against Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputy Brandon King, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
- “My KKK friends will burn your family,” a voice can be heard saying off-camera in the body camera video released by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter.
- Edwards is facing charges of resisting an officer without violence, driving under the influence, and prior refusal to submit to testing.
A white woman who was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving was audibly recorded by the body camera of a black police officer launching into a racist rant, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Brandon King of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office was responding to a call regarding a disturbance at a home in DeLand, Florida, on Thursday, when he found Julie Edwards, 55, attempting to drive away, according to a police report obtained by INSIDER.
Per the report, the woman refused to perform a field sobriety test or breathe into a breathalyzer. According to the police report, Edwards also resisted arrest, walking away from King and refusing to get into his cruiser.
King eventually got Edwards inside the car. Once inside the cruiser, Edwards was recorded on King’s body camera launching into a racist rant against the police officer, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office also shared a portion of the video on Twitter.
“Before you go on a racist rant, just remember we have body cams,” the tweet said.
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“My KKK people will [find you],” a voice can be heard saying to King off-camera in the body cam video. According to the police report, that voice belongs to Edwards.
“I didn’t say it about you. I said they know people like you,” the woman in the video goes on. “Hey, ain’t a d— thing wrong with burning a cross in your yard, is there?”
In the video, King is also asked if he has any children and if he’s ever been “whipped on a whipping post.” At one point, the voice in the video says “my KKK friends will burn your family” and “KKK got your a–, boy.”
King can be heard on the video asking if he was being threatened. In the report, King wrote that he does “not know Edwards, who she associates with, or who she interacts with” and that he took the “threat towards him to be true.”
“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,” the police report said.
On Twitter, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood commended King’s “calm response to all the racist garbage this KKK Enthusiast could throw at him.”
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! https://t.co/RvQ71WFdj4
— Mike Chitwood (@SheriffChitwood) February 12, 2019
Edwards has been charged with resisting an officer without violence, driving under the influence, and prior refusal to submit to testing, per the report. As of Tuesday, she had been released on bond, according to jail records.
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