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Has Florida Man eventually met his match? Meet Florida Sheriff

Has Florida Man eventually met his match? Meet Florida Sheriff

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — When a naked male inside southwestern Florida not lengthy ago raised a ruckus outer external outside his house accompanied by every one one other accompanied by threatened a deputy accompanied by a kitchen knife, the SWAT team swooped inside accompanied by every one one other accompanied by apprehended him.

Soon afterward, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno stood on the man's driveway inside combat gearwheel for a report conference while the have a suspicion went to the jailhouse that the sheriff likes to call the "Marceno Motel."

"He's an oxygen-stealer accompanied by every one one other accompanied by a scumbag, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by I'm pleased he's outta here," Marceno told reporters. "I'm pleased to speak that inside this county, if you inside attendance deadly physical ability ... we meet you accompanied by deadly ability every one one time, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by we win. It's attractive clean, attractive quick."

The Sunshine State has become internationally notorious for the oddball miscreants who populate its police blotters accompanied by every one one other accompanied by local report reports — known collectively while Florida Man. There are murders accompanied by every one one other accompanied by mayhem, exist fond of anyplace else, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by at that hour dated there are the only-in-Florida incidents exist fond of the male charged accompanied by assault accompanied by a deadly weapon for throwing an alligator into with every one other accompanied by not here of a Wendy's drive-thru window inside Palm Beach County inside 2015.

But an equally eccentric cast of hard-boiled sheriffs build a career of going following these guys. Florida Man, meet Florida Sheriff.

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All nevertheless one of Florida's 67 counties have an elected sheriff, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by they wield enormous effect inside small part since they're regularly the only countywide elected official. They head agencies that typically patrol unincorporated portions of their county nevertheless excessively provide backup to city police departments accompanied by every one one other accompanied by occasionally patrol small cities that lack their own force. Many, exist fond of Marceno, clasp made-for-YouTube report conferences accompanied by every one one other accompanied by use TikTok accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other communal media — regularly going fair while viral while the perpetrators.

Take Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson, inside Florida's Panhandle.

During a recent report conference concerning a burglary, Johnson, elected inside 2016, said a homeowner had fired shots nevertheless didn't hit the suspect. Johnson encouraged that homeowner to lay clasp of a firearm safety way offered every one one other Saturday at the sheriff's office so he could better lay clasp of matters into his own hands.

"Learn to shoot a a large amount better," Johnson said. "Save the taxpayers' money."

On the Atlantic Coast, near Cape Canaveral, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey makes a game of crime — literally. His on one instance a week " Wheel of Fugitive " videos ascribe the sheriff spinning a disc accompanied by photos of 10 of the county's most wanted.

"Everybody watches it. Even the fugitives watch it" to see who becomes "fugitive of the week," Ivey said.

The fortunate winner of one recent episode was a 32-year-old white male accused of petit theft accompanied by every one one other accompanied by lack of favourable consequence to appear. The sheriff, earliest elected inside 2012, looked into the camera while if speaking unswerving to the male accompanied by every one one other accompanied by urged him to surrender: "Stop messing up accompanied by every one one other accompanied by place an extremity to breaking the law. Get all of it behind you."

The Twitter description of Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco — who has starred inside A&E Network's "Live PD" show — made a splash accompanied by local "Sad Criminal of the Day" posts. His agency excessively copyrighted the now-viral hashtag, #9pmroutine, a reminder to lock automobile doors accompanied by every one one other accompanied by homes every one one night.

In January, the dividing gash off communal media comments since the accounts fell victim to their success. With over 300,000 Facebook followers — additional than dual that of a a large amount of larger Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office inside nearby Tampa — Nocco said people were excessively regularly reporting crimes online by preference than calling 911.

Over inside centre Florida is, perhaps, the highest-profile enemy of Florida Man (and Florida Woman).

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, who constantly targets gangs, medicine dealers accompanied by every one one other accompanied by prostitution rings inside his folksy Southern drawl, has been a recurrent hit on TV since he was earliest elected accompanied by no indeed indeed communal gathering affiliation inside 2005. Judd says of educational organization shooters: "We're going to shoot you graveyard dead."

He excessively has praised homeowners for firing on intruders, including one last December: "He gave him an early Christmas present. Only Santa Claus gets to go nearer inside your house," Judd told a report conference.

Judd regularly refers to the Polk County Jail while the "Polk Pokey," accompanied by every one one other accompanied by last holiday season, his office sold their report of the well liked Elf on the Shelf doll, dubbed Sheriff on a Shelf, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by he personally autographed Sheriff Judd bobbleheads.

One of Judd's latest targets was not exactly the crime of the century. But Judd had prosperity to speak concerning a woman accused of assaulting workers at a McDonald's since her order was wrong.

"She's a attractive lady. But she was McMad," Judd said on May 20. "I don't know if she was place of set of two fries short of a Happy Meal, nevertheless she created a McMess accompanied by every one one other accompanied by acted exist fond of a McNut. ... This is Polk County. We don't place up accompanied by that McJunk."

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Anderson reported from St. Petersburg, Florida.

Has Florida Man eventually met his match? Meet Florida Sheriff

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