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'Constitutionalist sheriffs' won't enforce restrictions

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'Constitutionalist sheriffs' won't enforce coronavirus restrictions

Zoe Nemerever

The Washington Post

Published 8:01 am EDT, Thursday, April 23, 2020

 

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Snohomish County Sheriff's Office will not be enforcing an order preventing religious freedoms or constitutional rights."

 

These Washington sheriffs are far from alone. They're part of a nationwide group of sheriffs who feel beholden to no one but their voters. As they have on issues such as immigration and gun regulations, they will lead rebellions against higher levels of government - in this case, undermining public health efforts in the name of their interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. Here's how.

 

- Sheriffs are unlike other elected officials

 

Unlike police chiefs or commissioners who are generally appointed, sheriffs are law enforcement officials elected by residents of their counties. While research finds that police generally try to carry out their responsibilities in a nonpartisan manner, sheriffs are influenced by the desire to be reelected. Sheriffs run for office in the same way that members of Congress or the president do: they run on campaign platforms they believe will win a majority of votes. Sheriffs' campaign platforms consist of their political and law enforcement records, personal philosophies and policy priorities.

 

What sheriffs promise to do is quite likely to come true, because they have much more autonomy than do other elected officials. Legislators can't do much without first going through lengthy and involved policymaking efforts that involve collaborating with their fellow legislators. Governors and presidents have to work with the legislative branch of government. Because sheriffs don't have these constraints, their personal attitudes are quite likely to affect how they carry out their jobs.

 

For example, research finds that sheriffs choose whether and how they cooperate with federal immigration authorities. On one end of the spectrum is a group of sheriffs in North Carolina who campaigned on the promise to cut ties between their offices and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Since their elections, they have refused to honor immigration detainers, which are official ICE requests to take custody of someone who has been arrested; these sheriffs no longer allow ICE into county jails. On the other end of the spectrum was Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., well known for relentlessly policing immigration status, at the expense of civil rights and neglecting other aspects of his job.

 

Now combine that popular mandate from being directly elected with law enforcement power. What you get are sheriffs willing and able to lead local rebellions against the government - something that for decades has been happening from a group known as "constitutionalist sheriffs."

 

- Constitutionalist sheriffs in charge

 

Constitutionalist sheriffs believe that the Constitution appoints sheriffs as the ultimate law enforcement authority, even above the federal government. The Constitutionalist Sheriffs and Peace Office Association (CSPOA) claims to have over 400 members. Constitutionalist Sheriffs vow not to enforce federal laws that they consider a violation of individual rights granted by the Constitution.

 

Constitutionalist sheriffs have been attacking stay-at-home orders, which elevate the rights of the community over the rights of the individual. For example, Sheriff Daryl Wheeler, who identifies himself as a constitutionalist sheriff, posted a letter to Bonner County, Idaho, Facebook page asking the governor to "reinstate the Constitution" because "Covid-19 is nothing like the Plague." This sentiment is echoed by sheriffs across the country.

 

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Taggart Transcontinental
These Washington sheriffs are far from alone. They're part of a nationwide group of sheriffs who feel beholden to no one but their voters. As they have on issues such as immigration and gun regulations, they will lead rebellions against higher levels of government - in this case, undermining public health efforts in the name of their interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. Here's how.

 

Not a biased article at all, now is it? As if the political class' interpretation of the Constitution is the proper and right one. Sorry You can't seize guns because you think they are scary, and you can't allow people into the country because you want the votes. Oh and these choices to not enforce the orders are not undermining public health, they are merely ensuring we have a Constitutional Republic like our forefathers intended.

 

 

While research finds that police generally try to carry out their responsibilities in a nonpartisan manner, sheriffs are influenced by the desire to be reelected.

 

Oh what a farce! Police chiefs carry out their orders from those appointing them, and if they want to keep a job will not buck the system in place. A Sheriff is a independent CONSTITUTIONAL law enforcement officer. Beholden to the Constitution NOT the politicians.

 

 

Sheriffs' campaign platforms consist of their political and law enforcement records, personal philosophies and policy priorities.

 

This right here makes a Sheriff different from any other politician anywhere. They run on their RECORD whereas most political people run FROM their records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wag-a-Muffin (D)

I read (some of ) the comments on his facebook page. He's getting a lot of support, but he's also getting ripped by rabid leftists. I hope he didn't make himself too big of a target by his brave statement. (I pray for the safety of his family.)

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Dean Adam Smithee

There's also "Posse Commitatus" , which in the US is codified in 18 U.S.C. § 1385 and forbids the use of US federal troops for internal peacekeeping. By default, that then (theoretically) makes the "Sheriff" the top law enforcer in many states. He/She is "elected" and can be removed Only by the Governor. In some states this is codified in state statute/constitution as well along with extraordinary powers not available to other LEOs.

 

This derives primarily from English Common Law but historically goes back to at least Charlemagne (AD 748-814) who may have been the first to divide Europe into "counties" with each controlled by a "count" who was answerable only to him.

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Dean Adam Smithee

Oh what a farce! Police chiefs carry out their orders from those appointing them, and if they want to keep a job will not buck the system in place. A Sheriff is a independent CONSTITUTIONAL law enforcement officer. Beholden to the Constitution NOT the politicians.

 

There's the OCCASIONAL police chief who gets it right.

 

Small town Indiana in the '70s it was Chief Harold "Kojak" Martin, so called because if you closed one eye and squinted the other you could ALMOST see a resemblance to Telly Savalas. He wasn't to be trifled with - I know, I've run up against him as a Juvi - but he was a good man. His "way" of handling things probably did more for me than I'll ever understand.

 

R.I.P Harold Martin (1998) "Age 84. Welch & Cornett Funeral. Buried Fairview cemetery at Linton. Mooresville Police Chief for 13 years; retired 1980. US Army veteran, World War II and Korean War. Bronze Star & Purple Heart. Prisoner of War, 1944."

 

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