October 19, 2021

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Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey embraces right-wing law enforcement ideology

  • Ivey is one of at least 5 Florida sheriffs with overt ties to Constitutional Sheriffs movement
  • Most constitutional sheriffs formally disavow racism, use Rosa Parks as inspirational talking point
  • Ivey, advisory board member of Protect America Now, is a key spokesman for that group

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On Jan. 18, 2021, just days before Joe Biden was sworn in as president and less than two weeks after the Capitol riot, Sheriff Wayne Ivey penned a column for Space Coast Daily in which he declared: “Serving as a Constitutional Sheriff means standing strong in defense of our citizens, our cops and our Constitution.”

Ivey had just won his third term as sheriff and was writing to inform people against the backdrop of the chaos 12 days earlier that he had decided to change the name of his “Re-Elect Wayne Ivey” Facebook page to “Constitutional Sheriff Wayne Ivey American Patriot.”

Ivey said he made the move because in 2013 while being sworn in as sheriff of Brevard County for the first time, he took an oath to support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. “In doing so I made a commitment to serve as the first and last line of defense for our citizens, essentially to serve as a ‘Constitutional Sheriff’ that is unwavering in the protection of our rights and freedoms.”