Horowitz: Florida sheriff who arrested pastor released criminals … and one is now accused of murder

· April 17, 2020  
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Imagine a sheriff coming home to his family one night knowing that in a day’s work, he arrested a pastor for holding services while following CDC distancing guidelines, yet at the same time, released a bunch of criminals, one of whom is now accused of murder. Well, meet Chad Chronister – the face of this mix of anarchism and fascism in the coronavirus response.

Joseph Edward Williams was one of over 100 prisoners released from Orient Road Jail in Hillsborough County, Florida. Sheriff Chad Chronister told us at the time not to worry because they were low-level, nonviolent offenders.

Well, a day after he was released on March 19 under the guise of preventing coronavirus spread in jail, Williams allegedly shot a man to death in Tampa.

“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 said. 

Sheriff Chronister sounds like he’s a firefighter, but really he is the arsonist. As WMFY reports, Williams had been arrested 35 times! Yet fools like Chronister keep releasing criminals based on the last offenses for which they are serving time without factoring in their threat to society based on their prior records.

Williams is now charged with second-degree murder, resisting an officer with violence, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The murder is alleged to have occurred just 26 hours after Williams was released.

What few people realize is that this is the same sheriff who held a press conference a week later lecturing the public on the Bible and social distancing and then arrested Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne for holding services, even though his lawyer says he was following CDC guidelines for sanitation and social distancing.

Chronister is now the face of anarchy and fascism in America, where peaceful citizens are placed under house arrest while criminals are released from prison en masse and new ones are not arrested. So many of the people serving time for drugs like Williams are really dangerous career criminals who will now be back on the streets because people like Chronister believe drug dealing is low-level but violating their version of social distancing is high-level.

“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 said.

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.

Now all of America is going to get a taste of the true character of all these “low-level” criminals being enthusiastically released and the fraud of the de-incarceration movement pushing it.

One would also expect Sheriff Chronister to realize that as criminals know he is obsessing over policing “social distancing,” they will take their chance to commit real crimes with impunity.

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.”

The real question is how many other Americans will be on the receiving end of this “blessing.”

Author: Daniel Horowitz

Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.