Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd,
who never met a national story he couldn't find a way to insert himself into, held a press conference yesterday at which he addressed the tragic shooting deaths of a reporter and photographer in Virginia by a disgruntled former employee of the TV station for which they worked.
During the press conference, Judd points out how important journalists are to a democracy, and he promises to protect reporters who may feel unsafe while reporting in his county. He says his department will do its job and protect journalists, "even if the story that you're doing would be calling us into compliance for whatever reason."
That's right – you've all got protection under the law. Even you muckraking scumbags
who just don't get that he's just trying to bring morals and decency
to the heathens
who populate Polk County. Sometimes while preaching (in uniform) that the world would be a better place if everyone behaved like a Christian.
You may not like him. And you may not get him. But he's going to go out on a limb to do his job to protect you rather than throw you to the lions. Because that's just the kind of guy he is.
Sheriff Grady Judd's messge to reporters
WATCH: Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd took a moment today to send his condolences to our colleagues in Virginia, and also sent an important message to all reporters.Posted by Ryan Raiche on Wednesday, August 26, 2015