Sheriff Peyton Grinnell of Lake County, Florida, posted a Facebook video (below) on April 7 of himself and several undercover deputies as a warning to heroin dealers.
Because the deputies were masked, many viewers noticed a resemblance to ISIS and al Qaida terrorists who often wear masks, notes RawStory.com.
Grinnell's warnings and threats also fueled unflattering comparisons:
I want our citizens to know that I am aware of this serious issue. I am asking our residents to please call, and let us know if you know of a location that this poison is being pushed out to our streets. You can remain anonymous.
To the dealers that are pushing this poison, I have a message for you: We’re coming for you. As a matter of fact, our undercover agents have already bought heroin from many of you. We are simply awaiting the arrest warrants to be finalized.
So, to the dealers I say, enjoy looking over your shoulder, constantly wondering if today's the day we come for you. Enjoy trying to sleep at night, wondering if tonight’s the night our SWAT team blows your front door off the hinges. We are coming for you.
If our agents can show the nexus between you, the pusher of poison, and the person who overdoses and dies, we will charge you with murder. We are coming for you. Run.
People expressed their concerns and criticisms on the Lake County Sheriff’s Facebook page:
This is hilarious.
I suppose I would hide my face if that was my chosen profession too.
OMG, this would be hilarious if it wasn't real.
This is the state of law enforcement, you guys arent a peace keeping force. This is why people dont like you, and they dont trust you.
This is what is supposed to invoke fear in drug dealers? An ISIS video? Good grief we are in trouble.
The biggest dealers have FDA approval. Why aren't your thugs going after them?
You look like a bunch of Ninja Turtle wannabes...you could have done all the pleas for tips without all the grandstanding ...drug dealers aren't watching this...and if they are they are probably laughing.
[S]mh over the nut cases we allow to wear badges in this country.
I kept waiting for the cops to behead somebody.
Awesome ISIS style video. Morons.
Get real jobs you fascist bums.
Which terrorist cell is this?
I guess LCSO is taking pointers from ISIS videos.... Funnier still, they admit to buying heroin - does it make it okay because you have a badge?