Volusia man helps implicit bias training after his encounter with deputies while jogging

Joseph Griffin said deputies thanked him for his understanding, reassured him

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A Volusia County man was stopped by deputies in August because they thought he was a suspect they were looking for. Now, he’s helping to train deputies.

Joseph Griffin was jogging down North Normandy Boulevard in Deltona when he was stopped by deputies who were searching for a man who stole lawn equipment. Deputies said he matched the description of the suspect.

“He got out of the car and he put his hands up and said ‘Hey I don’t want to alarm you but there was an incident and you kind of fit the description,’” he said.

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Griffin, a former military police officer, said he knew to stay calm and cooperate. He pulled out his phone, though, and started a Facebook Live.

“It just helped me feel more safe that my friends and family were at least watching so if anything happened they could do the right steps,” he said.

Griffin was put in handcuffs while deputies ran a background check.

“People were driving past me and at the time I was a nurse, a manager, in the ICE so I had a reputation,” he said.

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