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Butler County Sheriff: 'You shoot at the police, expect us to shoot back'

Cincinnati Enquirer logo Cincinnati Enquirer 9/2/2020 Segann March, Cincinnati Enquirer
a man wearing a suit and tie: Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones speaks to the media in this 2009 Enquirer file photo. © Cara Owsley, THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones speaks to the media in this 2009 Enquirer file photo.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office isn't playing around when it comes to the safety of its deputies, according to a statement issued on Wednesday. 

Sheriff Richard Jones said he's observed the "lawlessness in the country over the last few months directed towards police."

"If you come to this county expecting a free pass to harm one of my men or women in uniform keep in mind, nothing in life is free,” Sheriff Jones stated. 

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He referenced people dumping water on police in New York, bricks, and frozen water bottles being thrown at police in Portland, Oregon, and people shooting at officers in Chicago. 

Jones is not tolerating that behavior toward his own deputies, he said.

"You shoot at the police expect us to shoot back," Jones said. "I will not allow my deputies or any law enforcement officer in Butler County to take the abuse I have seen over the past several months."

Jones also posted the same information on the organization's Facebook page shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday. More than 340 people have shared the content and over 1,000 people have liked the post. 

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