FL Gubernatorial Candidate Says If Cops Draw Weapons, They've Gone 'Too Far'

Florida's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum said police shouldn't need to draw their weapons.

Tallahassee, FL – An anti-police Florida gubernatorial candidate said he believed that if a police officer had to pull their duty weapon, they have gone too far.

Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum made the judgmental remarks during an interview on Oct. 24 with the “Pod Save America” podcast, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

He started by defending his record and arguing assertions that he is anti-police.

In an interesting messaging twist, instead of campaigning on support for law enforcement, Gillum’s platform has stressed that he is not an anti-police candidate.

"All this stuff that they say, I've got to let them know, anti-police? No. I'm for police accountability, but law enforcement society cannot work and, quite frankly, law enforcement cannot do its job if it does not have a trusting relationship with the community," Gillum said on the podcast.

Gillum is challenging U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis (R-Florida) for the governor’s seat about to be vacated by Republican Rick Scott.

He said he believed police officers should be able to defuse most situations without force.

“At the time that a law enforcement official has to go to a weapon, to a gun, to a baton, to a Taser, then they have already had to go too far,” Gillum said. “By their very presence, by the very trust that they inspire in community and society, they are supposed to be able to bring most situations to heel.”

He said he is in favor of law enforcement "repairing the breach" and building an improved community relationship.

The Tallahassee mayor has been at the center of a controversy in recent weeks.

It turns out that while the city of Tallahassee was investigating corruption in 2016, Gillum accepted tickets to see Hamilton from an undercover agent from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), according to the Washington Free Beacon.

FBI Special Agent Mike Miller, posing as a developer, bought the tickets and gifted them to Gillum through a lobbyist.

"Mike Miller and the crew have tickets for us for Hamilton tonight at 8 p.m.” former lobbyist Adam Corey texted to Gillum on Aug. 10, 2016.

"Awesome news about Hamilton," Gillum responded, according to the text records, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

Gillum told those who asked that his brother had given him the tickets, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

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Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

@Burgers Allday Hey Boogers I didn't know you were running for Governor of Florida good luck buddy!

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

I wipe better gubernatorial candidates off the bottom of my shoes then Gillum!

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

He should do a month long ride along. He’s clueless and far too unenlightened for the office he seeks. He makes me extremely proud to no longer reside in Florida.

angeleyes
angeleyes

like attracts like.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

This is what you call a blooming idiot!! So I guess LE Officers are suppose to ride around with weapons on their sides to look pretty! People who think like this are the ones that doesn’t care it an officer is killed or not. If Florida elects this idiot it will end up like California. Billegals will take over raping and killing folks by large numbers.

cspcapt
cspcapt

if a Florida officer votes for this guy, they are foolish

ronparrish
ronparrish

Sounds anti-police to me..

LEO0301
LEO0301

This guy ran Tallahassee into the ground as mayor so why not go big and try to do that to the entire state. His platform is anti-police, higher taxes, and making Florida into a sanctuary state.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

The next meth addict that needs arresting , send him in....unarmed.

RPG156
RPG156

If Florida elects this jackwagon, then it will be a very sad day for them all.

RPG156
RPG156

He needs to go on a ride along. He can be the first in and lets see if he lasts the entire shift... I'm certain that his verbal judo will protect him.

Digital Vibe
Digital Vibe

This is what is commonly referred to as a "special kind of stupid".

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

I live in Florida. Everyone I know, including myself are voting red!! We don't need this anti-police POS running our state!!!

JLo1
JLo1

What an idiot!

NannaMargaret13
NannaMargaret13

As the mother of an officer killed in the line of duty. Gilliam needs to do a ride along in the neighbor with the worse record for violence and see if he changes his mind. Go along on a domestic violence call or someone holding children at gunpoint. Gillium is living in LaLa land . I wont call him stupid but he is a special kind of uninformed , social climbing, resting on his record, not putting his brain in gear before he puts his mouth in motion, kind if puppet. We have Officers killed everyday for just doing their jobs. Gillum you need to realize we are a big group of people that just want our sons and daughters to come home after serving the community. Find out how many Officers from Florida have been killed in the line of duty in the last 10 years and go visit their families hear their stories . Maybe you will realize how blind your are to what Officers and their families do. Help the good deeds Officers do get more attention. 99% of Officers are good human beings, but the news usually publishes the other 1% . I am from a large family of Blue, Every Officer is now my son or daughter and I will support them with my life.

SSStone
SSStone

Now explain to me again why law enforcement should have to repair the breach that was created buy leftist like you? They have been made Public Enemy Number One and from the time they arrive on scene the situation escalates just because they're there. We are dealing with the same bull crap in Georgia and have someone just as ignorant running here, God help us. Vote red! It is time for the ignorance to be extinguished!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

[sarcasm font] We should replace the police with the 3%'ers, or better yet, our military. Then we shall see how much whining is done. [/sarcasm font]

bluedog_2g2
bluedog_2g2

I agree, that an officer shouldn't and more than likely doesn't want to ever have to pull their weapon. Officers are thoroughly trained that they are to pull their weapon only when their life or the life of someone else is threatened. Officers are also trained how to de-escalate a tense situation and will do so, whenever possible. An officer only resorts to less than lethal force(taser, baton, pepper spray) or lethal force, when all other efforts to de-escalate and control the situation have failed. Officers are trained to use the minimum force necessary, to neutralize the theat. The officer shouldn't and the vast majority of officers won't pull their weapon, at the slightest provocation, as Gillum would have us believe.

Bld54
Bld54

Doesn't this nutcase realize that by the time police are called, it is already too late and things have already become dangerous? Stupidity knows no bounds.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Andrew Gillum said " he believed that if a police officer had to pull their duty weapon, they have gone too far."

Sure, Andrew , look who else you can blame .....He is a member of an entire community that has "gone too far " when it pertains to abiding by the law, acting civil towards others, refraining from violence,crime,drug use, theft, guns, etc....It's as if nearly the entire US black population suffers from a collective mental illness. Once again we see a person like Gillum who is catering to a group who does nothing but look for other reasons, people or groups to blame in any way they can for their own problems and failures and misgivings instead of seeking a way to say to themselves " "we have a problem among ourselves" and "how can we improve ourselves as a community?" Andrew Gillum- just another race baiter. VOTE RED and against this POS. There are those in this community who refuse to acknowledge this and will choose someone as long as the candidate is black.

arizonastate42
arizonastate42

I'm only gonna say this, unless you have been in their shoes and had to make a split second decision on life or death to protect people and property, if not,...... STFU !!!!!

magnumforc
magnumforc

When you face the type citizens (and I use that term very loosely) that inhabit many inner cities, the truth is nobody really wants to police there anyway. The politicians think we are all evil and just want to turn the ghettos into a shooting gallery. The public wants us to do something to improve their lot, but not harm their criminal kids, relatives or neighbors, regardless of what we face when interacting with them. It's okay to stab, shoot or otherwise maim or kill anyone as long as a cop doesn't interfere and use lethal force to protect the public or him/her self. Then we are the devil incarnate. My family has way over 100 years in police work and frankly, most would never do it again given the current anti-police sentiment. After all, why put your ass on the line every day when most of those you are sworn to protect and serve don't give a rats behind about you. Just my opinion after over 40 years on the job.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Florida would be better off with this guy. De Santis in office would guarantee more crazy Floridian terrorists popping up, being influenced by Trumpism.

Hbsgtmaj
Hbsgtmaj

This idiot has watched too much Andy Griffith. He WILL RUIN Florida!!

Marine69*
Marine69*

This fool must living in la la land and has no business running for any office!

Marxest
Marxest

Wow. What a story! I know a WAY better story. A story about a WHITE RACIST killing 11 people and shooting at Police officers. I guess this story deserves more attention than a crazed WHITE gunmen killing 11 people in a hate crime and wounded 4 police officers.... I guess WHITE perpetratred hates crimes aren't reported here, even when Police Officers are wounded. Blue Lives Matter won't honor the bravery of these officers...hypocrisy. I guess Blue Lives DONT Matter in this case, don't they!!!??? Blue Lives DONT Matter??!!!!!

Jones24
Jones24

Wow this guy is in for a world of hurt if he believes what he is saying. If elected, he will have blood on his hands.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

He says he's not anti-cop but then lies and says they have to gain public's trust....the ones who want to trust him, do....the only ones who don't are those who have the warped mentality that police are out to get them and yes a police has the right to use force when they have thugs jump them like we've seen lately....

SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

YOU STUPID IDIOT, COP'S ARE BEING AMBUSHED DAILY SITTING IN THEIR COP CARS. WHAT YOU FUCKING NEED TO DO IS TAKE ALL THE GUNS AWAY FROM ALL THE YOUNG BLACK MEN WHO ARE KILLING OTHER YOUNG BLACK MEN DAILY. THIS IS YOU PROBLEM THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON. DO NOT TRY TO DISARM OUR GREAT AMERICAN HERO'S IN BLUE, BECAUSE WHEN YOUR FAMILY IS IN DANGER WHO DO YOU CALL BUT 911 AND ARMED POLICE COME TO YOUR AID. WHO ELSE ARE YOU GOING TO CALL A GANG MEMBER TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY? DO NOT HOLD YOUR BREATH WAITING ON THE GANG MEMBERS TO SAVE YOU. .

Lexao9193
Lexao9193

Oh God please don’t let this idiot get elected!!!!

Skoolboy42
Skoolboy42

What an absolute idiot Gillum is. He is part of the blue tinged rogue wave that is trying to turn this country upside down in a socialist country. He wants to be a footnote in the book about America becoming 3rd world.

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

I hope as many of these idiots get elected as possible. They will screw things up so bad that most of the idiots that follow them will wake up and this country can get back to the middle where it should be. Back to the middle where most of the voters are. Far left, and far right do nothing but damage to this country.

Nighthawk644
Nighthawk644

Whaaaat the HELL????

Nighthawk644
Nighthawk644

I have to think that this young man is gonna have his ass handed to him on election day........and rightfully so!

Bblake
Bblake

If you dont want to stand behind the officers in these or any cases, please feel free to stand in front of them

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Well, there's Gillums opinion.......then there's the truth!

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Gillum will not be elected.

Burkeman1
Burkeman1

If you think that is bad, google " Project Cassandra" and prepare to be ticked off,

Memere
Memere

Hmmm....I wonder if he has an armed body guard?

Sweet-T
Sweet-T

So, for the situations that cannot be brought to heel, the LE official should die? Being anti LE ... I guess the politician wouldn't care.

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

What should you expect from a Progressive / Liberal. It isn't his ass on the line. Why would he care? But, he is playing up to his constituents.

GODHELPUSALL
GODHELPUSALL

what an idiot....

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

THANK GOD THIS TRASH WAS NOT ELECTED

Righton17
Righton17

Thankfully this lowlife pos was defeated and no longer a threat to the sanity of the people of FL.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Bye bye Gulluni! Nice run!

Letcopsdojob
Letcopsdojob

Another Socialist bites the dust. Ran his mouth too much.

Lochemet
Lochemet

I never believed in aliens from other planets until I heard Gillum speak. Still not sure WHICH planet he's from. Thank goodness he did not get elected.