VIDEO: Officers Accused Of Racism After They're Attacked At 3,000-Person Party

Holly Matkin

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said that the 3,000-person illegal gathering was "an absolute s--t show."

DeLand, FL – Attendees at a massive gathering held in violation of coronavirus lockdown restrictions claimed that the law enforcement officers they attacked with bottles and a bar stool had targeted the partygoers because they were black (video below).

One attendee at the 3,000-person gathering was shot in the foot by another partygoer during the mayhem, and a suspect also pointed rifle at police at one point, 9News reported.

A DeLand police officer was bashed in the head with a glass jar while he was assisting with an arrest, one Volusia County deputy was hit with a bar stool, and another Volusia County deputy suffered a leg injury, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

“Let’s call it what it is,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said during a joint press conference with DeLand Police Chief Jason Umberger on Monday. “It was an absolute s--t show that somebody could have been killed and law enforcement is being tarred as racist.”

“You just cannot hire a DJ and take over a street, neighborhood and drink, smoke weed and have gun play,” the sheriff declared.

Sheriff Chitwood said his department received calls from multiple Spring Hill residents about people brandishing guns at the gathering that began on Saturday afternoon and raged on into early Sunday morning, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

“There were rifles and guns brandished there,” Sheriff Chitwood noted. “Employees became fearful for their lives, hitting the panic button on the businesses as people were brandishing firearms.”

Flyers for the event branded it as a car show and block party, but National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) West Volusia Branch Vice President Sean King has since claimed the party was held in honor of someone who was fatally shot over six years ago.

King refused to provide the name of the person who was allegedly being honored, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

The party fliers made no mention of honoring a victim of gun violence.

Sheriff Chitwood said that the block parties happen frequently, even though they are not legal.

“The policing strategy from VCSO and DeLand was like détente,” the sheriff explained. “Basically, what we were saying was, we know what you are doing isn’t legal but if you don’t block a street or neighborhood, or bring attention to yourself, we are going to stay in the shadows.”

DeLand spokesperson Chris Graham said that there was not a permit issued for the party, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

“We do not permit private block parties,” Graham told the paper. “The event started outside of the city limits and then spilled over into the city as people from certain areas dispersed.”

In the past, law enforcement has generally turned a blind eye towards the illegal gatherings.

“It is my understanding that we allowed it to occur to not inflame the community,” Sheriff Chitwood added. “The community was supposed to meet us halfway, but no meeting halfway occurred on Saturday.”

When deputies arrived at the scene, at least one suspect pointed a rifle at them, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

Others brandished firearms at the crowd, prompting deputies to make an all-county request for backup.

Sheriff Chitwood said it was the first time such a desperate request has been make during the 14 years he has been serving in the Volusia County area.

The scene erupted into complete mayhem as partygoers attacked the officers with glass bottles and a bar stool.

“This is what they do to black people!” one attendee wailed, according to 9News. “It’s not fair!”

Police said that bodycam footage captured the moment when two known felons pulled guns and pointed them at each other, WOFL reported.

“Get back! He’s got a gun!” an officer yelled.

Another bodycam clip showed an officer as he tackled a fleeing suspect to the ground and struggled to take him into custody.

The suspect had tossed a loaded firearm during the foot chase, according to police.

Officers ran to his location as the angry crowd screamed at them.

At least seven suspects were arrested during the incident, The West Volusia Beacon reported.

Kevis Murphy, 25, was arrested for resisting arrest, carrying a concealed firearm, and two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer.

Alphonso Parker, 27, was charged with resisting arrest without violence, inciting a riot, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and carrying a concealed weapon.

Charles Turner, 37, was arrested on charges of resisting arrest without violence, inciting a riot, tampering with evidence, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Reginald Charles, 46, was charged with no insurance and unregistered motor vehicle.

Jennifer Balsley, 43, was arrested for two counts of drug possession.

Tony Cranican, 28, was charged for failing to have a motorcycle endorsement.

Samuel Zow, 35, was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

The gunman who pointed the rifle at the deputy has not been apprehended, WOFL reported.

The man who was shot in the foot was transported to the hospital, according to 9News.

Sheriff Chitwood released helicopter and bodycam footage of from the chaotic scene after The West Volusia Beacon published a story that painted the gathering as a “peaceful DeLand memorial block party.”

“This is what they do to black people,” one attendee told the paper. “Have a block party Downtown and see what happens…It’s not fair; it’s not fair.”

“Can we enjoy ourselves? No,” another partygoer complained. “We are human too — black lives matter. Every life matters.”

She accused police of trying to strip them of their humanity, The West Volusia Beacon reported.

“Why do they try to take our humanity? Our pride?” she lamented. “It’s not fair to us — we’re all human. We all bleed the same blood. When he made us, he made y’all.”

Sheriff Chitwood voiced his frustration about The West Volusia Beacon’s story on his Facebook page when he released the helicopter and bodycam footage.

“Our response to last night's events in DeLand was not about race. It's about public safety, and I can't believe the slant I'm reading today in The West Volusia Beacon,” the sheriff wrote.

At no point did the officers target any of the partygoers because of their race, Sheriff Chitwood said, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

“What you saw on Saturday had nothing to do with racism,” the frustrated sheriff reiterated. “What we saw was criminal activity, convicted felons with guns, people throwing bottles and jars at deputies and police.”

Sheriff Chitwood said the officers were left with few options as the situation rapidly spiraled out of control.

“We’re out there doing the best that we can to keep a situation as peaceful as we can and someone point a rifle at a law enforcement officer,” he said. “I mean, we’ve got to address that.”

The sheriff estimated that 95 percent of the partygoers were not causing any problems, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

“But you have five percent who were out there inciting a riot, carrying firearms, selling drugs and destroying the community’s quality of life,” he added.

Chief Umberger noted that the 3,000-person gathering was especially concerning due to the fact that the state’s COVID-19 restrictions remain in effect, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

“Not only was this a public safety issue, but it was a matter of public health,” he said. “No one should be getting together in large groups of 50 or more.”

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning - Graphic Content and Obscene Language:

Comments (151)
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SheepDawg
SheepDawg

Now I may well be mistaken, but is this not the same race that believes that COVID19 somehow singles them out? While I don't much agree with the lock down, there does seem to be evidence that social distancing is effective. So is it really much of a leap to suggest that possibly a certain race is affected disproportionately because of their personal choices? It's strange how that works.

h0ghestcomndenom
h0ghestcomndenom

Why are Florida cops enforcing covid restrictions? I thought that was done there.

Oh, it's because they were black? Alright. Continue throwing bottles at the cops then.

RunCop
RunCop

Those silly 13%ers........they just can’t help themselves......ever.

Ericvia
Ericvia

I don't understand why people are racist!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Because the COVID restrictions are still in place? they are slowly opening up the city... and I see you are not going to condone the attack on law enforcement officers.... you really are the lowest.

Ragman69
Ragman69

Because they're black eh? lol Good one!

JBoH
JBoH

"King refused to provide the name of the person who was allegedly being honored..."

Because he has no clue who it was.

spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

People who behave like savages should expect to be treated like savages.

Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

Sean King is a bastard rabble-rousing WHITE MAN claiming to be black the motherfucker needs to shot in the motherfucking head I kid you not. He does nothing but incite Americans to kill one another on the basis of race creed and color. Motherfucking Treasionious Assholes like him deserve execution for the crime of Treason, right alongside the VAST majority of present-day academia and all that are responsible for the hiring of those particular assholes, along with the presidents and boards of controls for each and every university that has clearly engaged in this anti-American behavior. They want a war. They call for war. They want genocide. They call for Genocide. IT'S ABOUT DAMN TIME WE GIVE IT TO THEM. These motherfuckers deserve a fucking due response.

Marxest
Marxest

A lot of Black and Latino folks are nurses and first responders who work in hospitals, especially on the Eastern coast. Maybe they should all walk off the job and not help and treat whites infected with Chinese Coronavirus. Why should they let themselves be infected?

angeleyes
angeleyes

it's too bad covid isn't restricted to idiots

Lesstalkmoreaction
Lesstalkmoreaction

Where all da white people at?

Viking24
Viking24

It has to be obvious by now that this sociopathic behavior will never be prevented by law enforcement. At best, LE is there to pick up the pieces. If someone is taught from a young age, that the rules of society do not apply to them, plus, have no ability to control their impulses it’s a lose, lose, situation. Everyday, you see the crimes and social behavior getting worse fueled by the good ol’ race card. It’s almost impossible to find law enforcement leaders and other people in political power positions that will actually speak the truth and hold those SJW disguised as attorneys, mayors, teachers, MSM, etc... responsible for those who that are not capable of understanding civility. Most of us on this site have seen society in a way 99 percent of the population would never believe existed.

MICHAEL THE POET
MICHAEL THE POET

WELL ITS A GOOD THING THE COPS ARRIVED BEFORE THEM PUNKS TRIED TO RAPE A WOMAN IF PEOPLE CANT CONTROL THEMSELVES AT THEIR PARTYS THEN THEY NEED TO BE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY NO MATTER WHAT COLOR THEY ARE WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT I THINK THE COPS SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT SOME TRAINED ATTACK DOGS AND BROUGHT IN THE NAVY SEALS AND SWAT

MICHAEL THE POET
MICHAEL THE POET

THEY SHOULD HAVE ARRESTED EVERYBODY AND CHECKED THEIR FINGER PRINTS AND THERE IDENTIFICATION AND CHECK TO SEE IF ANY OF THEIR DNA MATCHES ANY OLD RAPE CASES

MICHAEL THE POET
MICHAEL THE POET

I AM NOT AGAINST ANY RACE OF PEOPLE THOUGH I AM AGAINST IGNORANCE STUPIDITY BURGLARS AND VILOLENT CRIMINALS

MICHAEL THE POET
MICHAEL THE POET

I USE TO SERVICE ALL THE AIR CONDITIONG UNITS AT THE CELL SITE TOWERS IN DELAND FLORIDA AND IN SPRINGHILL FLORIDA OH YEAH I AM THE REAL CHICAGOMIKE

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Video does not get interesting until half way through with ~6:10 left.

Officer tells perp multiple times to put his hands up. Perp trips, and officer subdues him and says the gun is "back there."

Then there is a lot more.

hampshire
hampshire

The party ???? did not get a permit to gather as is the rule and NO REASON for firearms at a memorial ----alcohol and weapons are always a bad choice.. Police ought to get medals for going into the fray...

thomsibley1960
thomsibley1960

Hell what if the police didn't show up?
Oh hell there goes the neighborhood as there would be all that shooting of each other rather than at the police. Wonder WHY blacks have guns? Probably cause they have them to sell drugs and don't want to get robbed by other blacks or is it they can't get a job and has to sell drugs. Cause they can't get a job that take some adding by sums of 20's and can't make change with anything under $20.00.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Black communities are their own worst enemy. This is Gods way of weeding out the bad apples

J10107
J10107

Convicted Felons with firearms getting drunk and doing drugs amongst 3000 people.....it's amazing there was no loss of life !!!

This had NOTHING to do with enforcing covid restrictions or the color of anyone's skin.

This had EVERYTHING to do with the criminal activity by party-goers who terrorized residents and employees of area businesses.

Carolinny
Carolinny

Play the race card.

VicG
VicG

Again, you can take the animals out of the jungle, but you'll never take the jungle out of the animals...

Pack
Pack

“The right to peaceably assemble”

Hard to pick a side on this one.....a bunch of thugs that should be arrested BUT the only reason we know they should be arrested is because their First amendment rights were being violated. If the article hadn’t said anything about covid restrictions or rules against gatherings I’d have been led to a different opinion.

LEO0301
LEO0301

The black area where I worked had large gatherings like this every friggin weekend! And every friggin weekend there were large fights, bottles being thrown, and gun play! They stopped traffic on a major blvd. in front of a bar that held about 30 people. Everyone else stayed outside drinking, smoking/selling dope and fighting. This went on for almost 2 friggin years before someone actually lost their life in one of the gun play incidents. At that point the city finally stepped in and revoked the bars license. We had white mostly bars all over the city and never had those sort of problems. So tell me, why is that?

Stanracer
Stanracer

But...but...laws don't apply to black people, don'cha know, yo! The animals are restless in Florida.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Oh please

vwiles34
vwiles34

Stricter leash laws for all animals might have prevented this. I'm so tired of any time anyone says hello to a person of color it's racial. It's only used as an exchuse to act like a bunch of low life animals.

NFPD103
NFPD103

Tell me again about no gathering in large crowds and no correlation to higher rates of Covid-19 cases in people of color.

Jason942-
Jason942-

Let me guess. You’re the idiot that makes a dumb choice, suffers consequences and cries victim?

PhoHukYu
PhoHukYu

not surprised you're a NC cop. You can't read.

PhoHukYu
PhoHukYu

Not surprised you're a cop in NC. You can't read.

suzieb
suzieb

Pure chaos! I really don't know how you officers deal with this shit show, but you're all in my prayers.

User 69
User 69

As usual, using their race like a bunch of cowards they R

Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

Damn pack of howling wolves asking to be shot.


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