Former Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels speaks out after being acquitted of all charges Thursday evening.
Daniels was facing charges stemming from an investigation that began after Daniels met his former mistress Cierra Smith in May 2019.
This incident involved Daniels calling deputies to report a suspicious vehicle after Smith followed his truck.
Smith was arrested for harassing Daniels but was released without being jailed or formally charged.
The state charged Daniels with destroying evidence and lying to law enforcement after Smith’s arrest to prevent a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation, but the defense argued. that Daniels was only trying to hide the details of his affair from his wife.
Daniels released a statement Friday morning, saying in part that he had to endure “abuse and excess” over the past three years.
Comparing his experience with the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, he said “this kind of government outreach needs to stop.”
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Here is Daniels’ full statement:
“I want to thank the jury for their service and thank everyone in Florida for their support during this difficult time for me and my family. The abuses and excesses I have had to endure over the past three years are an example of what happens when parts of our government go unchecked. If this abuse of power by government entities can happen to a duly elected sheriff, then it can happen to anyone. I promise all Floridians and people across the country who have offered their support during these difficult times, that I will continue to fight for them so that we all receive equal justice under the law. This abuse cost me my job that I loved and it cost Clay County their sheriff. Similar to what we see happening to former President Donald Trump and now with the Biden administration working to hire 87,000 new IRS agents to harass and abuse Americans across the country, this type of government overreach must to cease. I look forward to identifying ways to continue to serve people and to work to ensure that the government works for them and not to persecute them.
Darryl Daniels, former Clay County Sheriff