BREVARD COUNTY, FL – There is a house in Port St. John, Florida located at 4295 Delespine Road. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and his deputies know this property well. They have responded to the location almost 100 times in the past year.
According to Orlando’s News6:
“Ivey said the Sheriff’s Office has responded to calls for drugs, overdoses, fights, stolen vehicles, needles being thrown into neighbors’ yards and 31 other disturbances.
Deputies have made multiple arrests of residents and people living at the home including two as recently as Sunday.”
Apparently Ivey and his deputies have had enough.
Earlier this week, the sheriff and a handful of deputies stood in front of that home and started up a Facebook Live video. Here is what the sheriff had to say.
“I am standing in front of a house…that has become a complete nuisance to our neighborhood and our agency.
This house and the overwhelming majority of the people in it are constant disruption and a pain in the butt to their neighbors, the children in this area and to be honest, your tax payer dollars as our agency has now responded to almost 100 calls at this address in the past 12 months.
“Now, think about that for a minute. Almost 100 times our team members have had to respond to this address for various complaints that have taken them away from being able to protect the members of this community, just because the majority of the people who live at or frequent this address can’t obey the law.
“Calls to this house have been for drugs, drug overdose where Narcan had to be deployed, fights, stolen vehicles, needles being thrown over the fence into the neighbors yard, and disturbances.
In fact, 31 disturbances that we have had to respond to. In addition, our team has made multiple arrests at this address as well as arrests of various subjects that were leaving the residence.”
Sounds exactly like the kind of place to raise a family, right?
The Sheriff continued:
“Just yesterday we arrested two scumbags who had just left this house who were both violent felons, one of which had actually broken into a house through a doggy door where a 10-year-old was sitting in the house playing.
The people at this house are dealing in drugs, using drugs, abusing drugs and stealing other people’s stuff to finance their crimes.
“Enough is enough. The neighbors in this area are so distressed, they won’t even let their kids go outside to play anymore out of fear that they will encounter one of these knuckleheads or one of the needles that they left behind.
“Since the majority of the people in this house cannot obey the law, here is what we are going to do. You and your house have officially made my “HIT list, or High-Intensity Target.
“Congratulations, you are now on the sheriff’s office HIT list.”
The sheriff finished the video by addressing the occupants of the home:
“Now grow up and start being a productive member of society. If you can’t, you will be working on my chain gang very soon. We will have no remorse in locking you and your little dope-dealing friends right up.”
Unusual tactics, but at the very least, it is gathering attention. In less than 48 hours it has received over 82,000 comments and more than 314,000 “likes,” “loves” and “wows.” For those of you outside of Florida, you may be thinking that Sheriff Ivey’s name might sound familiar.
I hope it is. That means you probably read the article we brought you last November about his actions. Here is that story once again.
In their continued assault of the 1st Amendment and blatant misrepresentation of the separation of church and state, a national atheist and agnostic group has demanded that the Brevard County sheriff bail on his plan to put “In God We Trust” decals on his department’s new patrol vehicles.
Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor sent Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey a letter on Oct. 28 expressing the group’s displeasure with the message on the squad cars.
“In a time when citizens nationwide are increasingly distrustful of law enforcement officers’ actions, it is frightening and politically dubious for the local police department to announce to citizens that officers rely on the judgment of a deity, rather than on the judgment of the law,” Gaylor vomited on the paper.
She claims that the decals are a “misuse” of taxpayer time and funds and said that the decals were a religious endorsement that was beyond the scope of secular government.
Fortunately, Sheriff Ivey was not intimidated by Gaylor’s letter.
“They got a better chance of me waking up thin in the morning than they do of me not having that on our cars, and I think we both know that’s not going to happen,” he said. “It really represents everything that’s important to us here in our community.”
Sheriff Ivey went on to say that the group’s petulant whining did not deserve a response, and that he is focused on the important things.
Additionally, Ivey said the decals are not costing taxpayers a dime. That is thanks to the generosity of Boniface Heirs Automotive Group, who donated them to the department.
“We truly can’t thank A.J. and his team enough for all they continue to do for our community,” the sheriff said. “As was previously indicated, the design is only going on new vehicles, as they rotate into our fleet, and not on already existing vehicles.”
The new design for the cars also includes a sheriff’s star, a space shuttle and an American flag. The Sheriff’s department spoke with local veterans in the process of finalizing the layout.
“They greatly appreciated that we chose to honor the flag and principles of our great nation that our veterans fought to defend and wondered why it was not already emblazoned on every vehicle we have,” Ivy said.
The FFRF has turned its sights on municipalities that it believes it can intimidate. Since the Florida Legislature adopted “In God We Trust” as the state’s motto in 2006, it stands to reason that the state would allow municipalities to use the phrase as they see fit.
Furthermore, Sheriff Ivey referenced the fact that federal courts have repeatedly ruled that the use of the motto “in this context” is not unconstitutional.
“’In God We Trust’ has nothing whatsoever to do with the establishment of religion,” Ivy said. “Its use is of a patriotic or ceremonial character and bears no true resemblance to a governmental sponsorship of a religious exercise.”
Sheriff Ivey posted photos and background information about the fleet’s new patriotic design in a Facebook post.
“In the coming months and years, as our agency replaces our patrol fleet, our residents will see new patriotic graphics on our marked vehicles that show just how proud we are of our country and the principles our great nation was founded upon!!” the sheriff wrote.
And that is an honor.
“To us there is no greater honor than to live in the greatest country in the world and serve as a law enforcement officer in Brevard County where our citizens love us, trust us and protect us just as much as we love, trust and protect them. We hope you like the new patriotic design and as always…thank you for your amazing support of the nearly 1500 members of your Brevard County Sheriff’s Office!!”
The FFRF is not just writing letters in Florida. Back in 2015, now retired Childress, Texas police chief, Adrian Garcia, responded to a similar letter from Annie.
“Dear Annie, after carefully reading your letter, I must deny your request in the removal of our Nation’s motto from our patrol units; and ask that you and the Freedom From Religion Foundation go fly a kite. Sincerely, Chief Adrian Garcia.”
As I drive around Texas, I honestly cannot recall the last time I saw a marked unit that did not contain “In God We Trust.”
So, either the FFRF has not yet made their rounds, or multiple sheriffs and police chiefs are following the example of Ivy and Garcia and are telling them to go pound sand.
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