BARTOW, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd believes controversial pastor Terry Jones wanted deputies to handcuff him, avoiding burning Korans as Jones insisted he would do in Mulberry.
Jones was pulled over Wednesday afternoon after deputies noticed Jones dousing Korans with kerosene in a large grill in the parking lot of a Mulberry McDonald's, then towing that grill with his pickup truck.
"I mean, first off, you don't have a tag on your trailer which is a second-degree misdemeanor. Come on, man," said Judd during a news conference.
Judd says he had no problem with Jones' free speech rights. But Jones didn't get the necessary permit to protest at a city park and did everything to break the law.
"It seemed like, to me, that he screaming out to be arrested."
"You can excercise your First Amendment rights any place you want to. Just don't violate the law. He violated the law."