Florence County Sheriff Video: WTH?

Kenney Boone is in the news again …

We were accused recently of mocking embattled Florence County, South Carolina sheriff Kenney Boone on the occasion of his baptism.

That was not our intention … although our readers weighed in on Boone’s spiritual awakening decisively, with a majority of them (54 percent) referring to it as a “publicity stunt.”  Only eighteen percent labeled it “proof of true faith.”

Anyway, Boone appears to be in store for some real mocking following his office’s recently submitted lip sync challenge video – posted to YouTube earlier this week.

In the three-and-a-half minute clip, Boone and employees of the sheriff’s office lip sync to the song “Unstoppable” by New York City-based indie rockers The Score.  The video is professionally edited, and includes what appear to be staged “action” scenes – a foot pursuit of a convenience store thief, a bloodhound manhunt and a no-knock raid on a trailer park.

Although who knows … maybe the scenes weren’t staged

Boone is featured several times in the clip, dressed in the garb of a helicopter pilot.  He dances with his fellow officers and staffers, and at the end of the video tells a “suspect” his department is … you guessed it … unstoppable.

Oy …

The video was filmed as part of a nationwide law enforcement lip syncing craze … which gained national attention earlier this summer when a clip of the Norfolk, Virginia police department lip syncing to Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” went viral.

Our hope is that no taxpayer time or resources were wasted in the making of this video, but come on … it seems abundantly clear they were.

Boone, 52, can ill afford any missteps in light of his current, um, “situation.”

As we exclusively reported earlier this month (and followed up on here), the four-term sheriff was the target of alleged death threats from Alex Curlington – the ex-husband of his new wife, Anna Hovey Boone.

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The threats were allegedly made on the evening of July 15 during a custody exchange between Curlington and Anna Boone – who married the sheriff during a private ceremony in Alabama late last month.

Threatening the life, person or family of a public official is a felony in South Carolina, and those convicted of it face up to five years in prison.

Curlington has denied threatening to kill Boone, but sources close to the energy industry worker tell us he was angry over a picture Boone posted to Facebook showing the sheriff kissing Curlington’s young daughter.

The alleged threats against Boone were being probed by agents of the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) – but the statewide agency called off its inquiry after learning Boone had also contacted detectives of the Richland County sheriff’s department and gotten them to launch an investigation into the incident, too.

It’s not immediately clear how one sheriff’s office has jurisdictional authority over a case in another county … nor is it clear how Boone had the authority to choose which sheriff investigated him.

Curlington’s current wife – Genia Curlington – is currently employed by SLED and is alleged to have witnessed the exchange between her husband and the sheriff.

Further complicating the situation, Boone is the focus of an investigation into threats he allegedly made against Florence County finance director Kevin Yokim (news that was also exclusively reported by this site).  The nature of the dispute between Boone and Yokim is not immediately clear, but at some point during their disagreement Boone is alleged to have called Yokim and “left threatening voicemails” for him.  Neither the messages nor transcripts of the recordings have been provided to this news site, however they have been turned over to the office of S.C. attorney general Alan Wilson.

No determination has yet to be made by Wilson as to how to handle the recordings.



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