Florida Dem’s security team reportedly roughs up, threatens ‘even-keeled’ man recording political event

A man reportedly thought to be a video tracker — such individuals follow candidates all across the country, recording their words and actions at political events — was roughed up by security personnel working for U.S. Rep. Val Demings. D-Fla., and the entire incident was captured on camera.

Demings, a former police chief perhaps best known for having her service weapon stolen from her unlocked vehicle, is running for U.S. Senate, hoping to parlay her role as one of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment henchmen to defeat incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.

In the footage making the rounds online, three menacing individuals are seen approaching the man on Aug. 6 at a meet-and-greet event in Mims, according to Florida Politics. The unidentified man was reportedly trying to attend the event being held at the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park and appeared to try to go around the three men.

“Don’t do it,” one of the security guards is heard saying before the man is pushed to the ground. One of the security guards holds the man down as someone says, “You can’t get up. Stay down.”

“What the f**k are ya’ll doing?” the young man can be heard saying breathlessly.

In a second video, a member of the Ardent Protection security team hired by Demings’ campaign appears to threaten the man about “what’s going to happen to you,” boasting that he “used to bounce people like you off their head in the jail.”

Here is a transcript of the exchange as shared by Florida Politics:

Ardent Security: “In corrections I used to bounce people like you off their head in the jail.”

Pushed man: “Except for I don’t do bad things. I’m not one of those people. I’m just doing my job. That’s it. I’ve been good to you guys.”

Ardent: “Don’t touch me. Oh my god.”

Man: “I’ve been so good, and y’all are just being ridiculous sometimes. I just want to be even keel.”

Ardent: “Let’s be even keel right now. So don’t take it personal, alright.”

Man: “No I’m not. Everything that just happened, we’re good.”

Ardent: “Moving forward don’t take it personal.”

Man: “Take what personal?”

Ardent: “What’s going to happen to you.”


With Democrats accustomed to having the ability to not only define words but narratives, the Demings campaign stands by the actions of the security personnel, essentially deeming the suspected tracker’s actions to be “threatening behavior.”

“Security officials take potential threats and threatening behavior toward the Chief seriously,” said Christian Slater, communications director for the Demings campaign, according to Florida Politics. “In this instance the individual did not respond to multiple requests to leave and charged at security personnel in pursuit of Chief Demings’ approaching vehicle.”

Brevard County law enforcement is investigating the incident to determine if Demings’ security team wrongly pushed a man to the ground, the website noted.

Julia Friedland, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, took care to note Demings’ position toward police during the height of the civil unrest over the death of George Floyd.

“It’s easy for Democrats like Val Demings to call defunding the police ‘very thoughtful’ and violent riots ‘a beautiful sight’ when she has her own private security to back her up,” Friedland said.

As a former police officer, Demings walked a political tightrope on the issue at the time and is now very vocal about saying she would never support abolishing the police.

But two years ago, “she praised a group of radical activists working to do just that as ‘thoughtful,'” according to The Washington Free Beacon.

“In a June 2020 interview with CBS, Demings voiced support for Minneapolis City Council members who pledged to ‘abolish the Minneapolis Police system as we know it’ following the police killing of George Floyd,” WFB reported last week. “Demings had no doubt the council members and their activist allies would ‘come out with a plan’ for a new policing system that would ‘keep Minneapolis safe but also bring the community and the police together in a much needed and long overdue way.'”

“I do believe that everyone has a right to look at any proposal that is put forth because there desperately needs to be change,” Demings said at the time on “CBS This Morning.”

“I also believe that the council is being very thoughtful in terms of looking at all of the services that police provide…. The council, along with law enforcement authorities and other community leaders, will sit down and look at everything and come out with a plan that allows them to keep Minneapolis safe but also bring the community and the police together in a much needed and long overdue way,” she added.

Minneapolis today is a crime-ridden case study of what happens when a community demonizes police.


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