Chad Chronister, the Hillsborough County, Florida Sherriff, is the latest law enforcement official to adopt the Cultural Left’s dysfunctional public security policies.
Chronister released an inmate by the name of Joseph Edward Williams, who was one of over 100 prisoners let out from Orient Road Jail in Hillsborough County. According to Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review, Chronister “told us at the time not to worry because they were low-level, nonviolent offenders.”
Well, things went haywire right after Williams’s release.
After he was released on March 19 under the justification that letting inmates out would prevent the spread of the Wuhan virus, Williams allegedly gunned down a man in Tampa Bay.
“There is no question Joseph Williams took advantage of this health emergency to commit crimes while he was out of jail awaiting resolution of a low-level, non-violent offense. As a result, I call on the State Attorney to prosecute this defendant to the fullest extent of the law,” Sheriff Chad Chronister declared.
According to WMFY a report, Williams had a record of 35 previous arrests. Yet, Williams’ criminal record did not register with Chronister.
The criminal is now facing charges of second-degree murder, resisting an officer, felonious possession of a firearm, possession of heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Allegedly, the murder took place 26 hours after Williams was released.
Ironically, this same sheriff arrested Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne for celebrating services, although his lawyer said that Howard-Browne was complying with CDC guidelines for sanitation and social distancing.
Chronister’s actions are emblematic of a time when criminals are being released in droves. What many people don’t realize is that a lot of convicts in prison for drugs have a long track record of violent crime. This is most apparent in the case of Williams.
“Every murder, every violent crime, especially those involving a gun, is a sickening example of the worst in our community, especially at a time when our community is working relentlessly to fight against the spread of this deadly COVID-19,” Chronister remarked.
Horwtiz noted the following:
Well, gee, Sheriff, one would think that someone with this much experience in law enforcement would understand that most gun felons and murderers come from those arrested numerous times on “low-level” offenses. Court records show that Williams had a history of burglary, assault, theft, and yes, weapons charges in Hillsborough County. Yet he barely served time in prison. A blind person could see this threat coming a mile away.
The Conservative Review pundit also called attention to how these releases have become a national trend:
Just like the authors of so many jailbreak decisions gone wrong, Williams was given a heartwarming moment in front of the cameras. “I feel wonderful,” Williams told a local news station the day he was released. “It’s a blessing that I’m getting released.”
America will pay a massive price for this kind of social experimentation, but for feelgood virtue signalers, that is not a problem.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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