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Constitutional sheriff’s group revealed

In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, Harney County Sheriff David Ward arrives at a community meeting at the Harney County fairgrounds in Burns, Oregon. Ward, whose jurisdiction includes the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, cooperated with federal and state police during the siege at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. In the next county to the north his counterpart, a member of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, questioned the FBI’s authority. (Rick Bowmer / AP)
In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, Harney County Sheriff David Ward arrives at a community meeting at the Harney County fairgrounds in Burns, Oregon. Ward, whose jurisdiction includes the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, cooperated with federal and state police during the siege at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. In the next county to the north his counterpart, a member of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, questioned the FBI’s authority. (Rick Bowmer / AP)

The actions of two rural Oregon sheriffs during an armed standoff at a national wildlife refuge were striking: one worked with federal officials to end the siege while the other questioned the FBI’s authority and offered words of support for the occupiers. Sheriff Dave Ward of Harney County, where the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is located, cooperated with federal and state police, urging standoff leader Ammon Bundy and his followers to stand down and respect the law. Meanwhile in Grant County, immediately to the north, Sheriff Glenn Palmer called the occupiers “patriots.” When Bundy and others were arrested during a Jan. 26 traffic stop, they were on their way to his county. An Arizona rancher who police fatally shot when they say he reached for a gun shouted he was on his way to meet Palmer/Nicholas K. Geranios, AP. More here.



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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