‘Black Nazi’: Jacksonville civil rights activist slams Clay County Sheriff’s ‘declaration of war’
Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels.

Darryl Daniels
Blowback continues for confrontational lawman.

Controversy continues to swirl around a Northeast Florida lawman who suggested deputizing his county’s gun owners to deal with unruly protesters.

On Thursday, a Jacksonville civil rights leader called Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels a “black Nazi,” suggesting that the news cycle from the law enforcement officer’s pyrotechnic comments earlier this week will continue.

Ben Frazier of the Northside Coalition dubbed Daniels’ policy proposal “absolutely appalling … a disgrace to the uniform and the badge.”

“The Black Nazi Sheriff of Clay county has issued an open declaration of war against peaceful protesters,” Frazier thundered, calling the comments “anti-American.”

On Tuesday, Daniels released a video vowing to, if needed, deputize gun owners in the event Black Lives Matter protesters came into the county.

“Somebody has to step up in front of the camera and say ‘enough is enough,’” said Daniels, vowing that “if we can’t handle you …. I’ll make special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this county.”

The three-minute video is full of the kind of bluster that traditionally plays well in Clay.

“If you threaten to come to Clay County and think for one second we’ll bend our backs for you, you’re sadly mistaken,” Daniels said.

“You can threaten all you want, you can say ‘let’s go to Clay County’,” but “you’ll have something waiting for you you don’t want,” he added.

“The second you step out from under the protection of the Constitution, we’ll be waiting for you, and you’ll have everything you want. All the publicity, all the pain, all the glamour and glory, for all that five minutes will give you,” Daniels promised.

The timing of the video is not accidental. Daniels faces a seven-person primary in August, and the video will only burnish his name identification against a disparate field of candidates. He is, by far, the most media savvy of the field.

The Sheriff faces a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation which has reached some stage of conclusion, but lacks a prosecuting attorney. 4th Circuit State Attorney Melissa Nelson begged off, asserting a “conflict of interest.”

This suggests that any movement will happen only after the August primary, which will decide the next four years of law enforcement in the county, as there is no filed Democratic candidate.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Sonja Fitch

    July 2, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Got caught by his wife screwing around! Lol. Just trying to distract ! Looks like a lot of bs! Sounds like a lot of bs! Vote this guy out!

  • Maria Palmer

    July 2, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    I LOVE it that he honors our 2nd amendment rights to defend ourselves against the BLM protesters which have been anything but peaceful! I wish I lived in Clay County again so I could vote for him. Thank you Sheriff Daniels!

  • Frankie M.

    July 2, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    He’s not a Nazi and he’s not some 2nd amendment protector. He’s an opportunist much like Trump. Do you think either one of them actually believe half the things they say? Which half is the part that scares me. Darryl & Donald are both media whores. They can’t get enough. They’ll say or do whatever they think will fool the rubes in Clay county so they can get another term. Alot more difficult to get rid of a crooked sitting sheriff who wraps himself in guns and the flag than one who is voted out.

    • Bur-dette

      July 4, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      I agree

  • Barbara Johnson

    July 3, 2020 at 8:24 am

    I don’t see where going to the streets has made a positive change. But, I do see a lot of destruction to property.
    You can voice your opinion by voting.
    Do you really think those people laying on US17 blocking traffic were doing anything to make a difference in changing an event that happened in another part of the country?
    I agree that police need to be held to the same laws as every other citizen. That needs to be addressed with education and supervision and accountability.

  • Garrett Ramy

    July 3, 2020 at 8:45 am

    How many times can you use the word black Nazi? And yet it’s just the opposite. Race baiting should be illegal.

  • Joni

    July 3, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Where are the Democrats running against this madman?

  • Daniels all the way

    July 3, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    I support Sheriff Daniels. He has courage to stand up against Black Lives Matter, which is a terrorist organization funded by socialist George Soros. Way to go Sheriff Daniels, a real man!!

  • Net

    July 3, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    I never heard him say anything out of line. He said that his county wouldn’t put up with anyone coming into his county causing mayhem and destruction. He never said he wouldn’t allow PEACEFUL protests. Some people don’t like this about him, because he doesn’t take any bs… just like Trump! And they dislike him for the same reasons! There’s a BIG difference in protesting peacefully and destruction and assault!!

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