Jeff Bell, president of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association, went on Fox News today to lambaste Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.
Specifically, Bell called out the Democrat for signing a pledge with the Dream Defenders.
“From a law enforcement perspective, when you have a potential candidate for the next governor whose willing to sign a pledge with an anti-law enforcement, anti-government radical group such as the Dream Defenders,” Bell said, “he’s clearly sending a message to the voters before Election Day that he’s willing to support, defend and recognize radical groups like the Dream Defenders and he supports radicalization over the rule of law.”
The deputies’ association made its endorsement of Republican Ron DeSantis last week, as reported by POLITICO Florida.
In response, Gillum’s campaign released a statement defending the candidate’s history with law enforcement as mayor of Tallahassee, saying he “has been a strong ally of law enforcement in Tallahassee, investing in additional officers to help reduce crime across the city.”
The campaign suggested the need for reform led to Gillum signing the pledge.
“As Mayor Gillum has previously said, he will not take money from the private prison industry and instead will invest in community policing, smart justice and strategies that work with communities to reduce crime and create better opportunities for all Floridians.”
Fox News read a controversial except of the “Freedom Pledge” in question: “Police were never meant to serve me and you… Police and prisons since their founding have always been about safety for the haves while wreaking havoc for the have-nots.”
That prompted Bell to speak out.
“We just cannot afford that in our state,” he told Fox viewers.
Bell earlier this week told local radio station WNJO said Gillum’s association with Dream Defenders would lead to “further assassinations of deputies and police officers that are on the street protecting everybody.”