Thursday, February 22, 2024

Grady the Great: a role model all sheriffs should follow

A few days ago, Polk County, Fla., Sheriff Grady Judd made the news once again with a remark that surely left his crime-supporting, police-defunding liberal nemeses choking on their quinoa. Big surprise, right?

Sheriff Judd never fails to raise eyebrows, from those on both sides of the political aisle.

Judd is perhaps best known for his explanation in 2018 as to why a fleeing fugitive was shot 68 times. At the news conference following a police chase in which the fugitive ended up killing a police officer and his dog before meeting his demise at the hands of the local SWAT team, Judd was quoted as saying, “I suspect the only reason 110 rounds was all that was fired was that’s all the ammunition they had.”

Technically only 68 of them hit the suspect, so … semantics. .

Fast-forward to the aftermath of last week’s Hurricane Ian and the inevitable low-down scum-of-the-Earth looting that happens following any natural disaster, Judd made it clear in no uncertain terms during an interview on “Fox & Friends” that this was not about to tolerated in Polk County nor any of the harder-hit areas where his team had gone to offer assistance,

“I would highly suggest that if a looter breaks into your home, comes into your home while you’re there to steal stuff, that you take your gun and you shoot him, you shoot him so that he looks like grated cheese. Because you know what? That’s one looter that won’t break into anyone else’s home and take advantage of them when they’re the most vulnerable and the most weak,” Judd said.

Signs posted around the disaster zone reading “If you loot, we shoot” were a nice touch, as well.

He’s right, of course, property owners have every right to protect themselves and their property even to the point of shooting their attacker dead on the spot. And should one run afoul of the law in Polk County, there’s no question as to what outcome the perpetrator can expect. We can only hope that eventually our great nation will get back to this no-nonsense approach to crime-fighting demonstrated so boldly and brilliantly by Grady Judd, Sheriff of Polk County. Fla.

Perhaps one of best quotes ever made by the outspoken G-man: “You can’t fix stupid but you can arrest stupid.” 

Words to stay alive by.