A Florida sheriff who put out a no-nonsense public service announcement intended to target America’s heroin epidemic appears to have ruffled some feathers, with many commenters comparing the sheriff’s video to something that ISIS might have published as propaganda. The clip features Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell standing in front of a podium while flanked by two pairs of masked, armored policemen. “To the dealers that are pushing this poison, I have a message for you: We’re coming for you,” he says. “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.” Grinnell then goes on to sow paranoia among the ranks of Florida’s heroin peddlers by spelling out how they will be tracked down and punished, his words punctuated by an earnest piano track. Online commenters were quick to poke fun at the video and question its efficacy in combating the drug problem. “These cops look like they’re going to create a caliphate and behead moderate police officers,” one Twitter user wrote, while another commenter opined: “Police need to re-learn their roles because in the end, they are not the military. Smart police use the public to gain understanding of problems, not threaten the public with midnight no-knock raids.” Lake County has been particularly plagued by the opioid epidemic, recording a surge in heroin-related deaths from seven in 2015 to 32 the following year. Across the state of Florida, 752 deaths last year were blamed on heroin.
Boom! Hardcore footage released by the British Ministry of Defense shows the moment when an ISIS stronghold outside of Mosul in Iraq was obliterated by a guided missile in the blink of an eye. The video, which is filmed from the perspective of a Typhoon fighter jet and shows the terrorist headquarters centered on crosshairs, was taken on Valentine’s Day. Nothing says “I love you” like the eradication of violent radical masterminds by a Paveway IV guided bomb. “Daesh is losing ground, fighters, and funding,” said British Defense Minister Sir Michael Fallon in a statement accompanying the video. “Now we need to keep up the pressure on Mosul and Raqqa to deal Daesh a decisive blow.” The UK has heightened its efforts to drive ISIS out of Iraq and Syria as of late. Last month, the Royal Air Force released similar footage of the destruction of a remote drone manufacturing city near Mosul, hampering the terrorist group’s ability to build and deploy grenade-carrying mechanisms. Tens of thousands of Mosul residents have return to the eastern half of the city amidst reports that US-backed Iraqi government forces have reclaimed at least a quarter of the city from ISIS’s clutches. The terrorist group still controls the western half of Mosul, which is delineated by the Tigris River.