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Sheriff has lost his way

A county sheriff is supposed to be the last bastion of constitutional protection. Our sheriff must limit his judgment and public comment to illegal behavior by people redressing grievances and speaking publicly about their government. Our sheriff has commented not only on the illegal behaviors of American citizens, but also his personal distaste for the thinking and consequential causes of many American citizens.

A few examples of our sheriff losing his constitutional way:

The offensive capacity military vehicle he bought with tax dollars and consequential explanation of it intended for use to combat “Constitutionalists.”

His public condemnation and actions were not limited to the illegal behavior of cattlemen with negative views on federal land acquirement, management and possession issues.

His publicly displayed assumption and judgment of ill intent regarding a peaceful legal protest being planned in an effort to prevent citizens from espousing their political opinions

The sheriff’s role is to make sure protest participants act legally and that protesters acting within our Constitution’s liberties are allowed to safely speak.

“I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” – Thomas Jefferson, Sept. 23, 1800.

William Demers

Spokane


 

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