Julie Edwards, 53, is accused of threatening a sheriff’s deputy and telling him that the “Ku Klux Klan would be seeing him and burning crosses on his property,” according to the arrest report. She also allegedly told him
Edwards was initially arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Additional charges were added based on the threats officials said she made against the deputy. Edwards was booked into the Volusia County Jail on February 8 and was released on bond the next day. An arraignment was scheduled for March 6.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Julie Edwards Refused a Sobriety Arrest & Was Placed Under Arrest
Deputy Brandon King of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the city of Deland shortly before midnight on February 7, 2019. The call concerned some sort of disturbance.
Deputy King saw Julie Edwards behind the wheel of a black Lexus. The headlights were on and she was attempting to reverse into the property, as explained in the charging affidavit embedded above. Deputy King wrote that he smelled alcohol on Edwards’ breath and that she was slurring her words.
He asked Edwards to get out of the car. He wrote that she kept trying to walk away from him and that she was “uneasy on her feet.” Deputy King asked Edwards to perform field sobriety exercises, but she refused. At this point, he placed Edwards under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence. She also refused to submit a breath sample.
2. Deputy: Julie Edwards Resisted Instructions & Tried to Walk Away While Handcuffed
Deputy King wrote in the arrest report that Julie Edwards was not cooperating during the questioning. After she had been handcuffed, she tried to walk away. Deputy King grabbed her arm to stop her from walking away, she then “dropped herself to the ground and refused to stand back up.”
Another deputy stepped in to help lift Edwards back onto her feet. They escorted her over to Deputy King’s cruiser, but she initially refused to sit down.
Deputy King wrote that Edwards was being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, prior refusal to submit for testing, and resisting an officer without violence. The charges are all misdemeanors.
3. Arrest Report: Julie Edwards Told Deputy King, Who is African-American, That the KKK Would Be Visiting Him
Julie Edwards kept talking as Deputy King filled out the arrest paperwork. He wrote in the affidavit that Edwards said she hoped to find him “in a corner alone.” According to the arrest report, “she then advised the Ku Klux Klan would be seeing Deputy King and burning crosses on his property and n***ers should’ve never been let out of slavery.”
Deputy King is of African-American descent. He added a charge of “threats against a law enforcement officer.” The affidavit states that Deputy King did not previously know Edwards or her capabilities and therefore “takes the threat to be serious.” It is a …read more