Local police chiefs and sheriffs are sworn to protect and serve and abide by the laws of their state. However, a group called the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association has spoken out for the U.S. Constitution.
According to the Center for Public Integrity, the organization has stated that “its ambition is to encourage law enforcement officers to defy laws they decide themselves are illegal.”
Group members are apparently sick and tired of the overreaching federal government in matters that concern guns, taxes and land management.
Founder Richard Mack recently described the federal government and its agents as “the greatest threat we face today” and vowed that his organization will be “the army to set our nation free.”
Mack stated that he had enlisted “several hundred” of the more than 3,000 sheriffs around the country as members of his organization and that hundreds more are sympathetic to the cause.
Law prof: Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association wants sheriffs 'to resist federal authority' https://t.co/PckJEbaXmZ
— Michael Beckel (@mjbeckel) April 19, 2016
As recently as 2014, dozens of sheriffs signed a declaration that they would not tolerate any federal agent who attempted to register firearms, arrest someone or seize property in their counties without their express consent.
At a recent training seminar for local police, Mack declared that “gun control is against the law” and this it was his goal to sign up about one-fourth of the nation’s sheriff’s to join the association.
“And then everybody in this country has at least two or three places in each state where they can go for refuge, find a true constitutional sheriff who’ll tell the federal government, ‘You’re not going to abuse citizens anymore,’” he said.
I am a proud member of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. pic.twitter.com/azb5IXluj1
— Chad McBride (@mcbride4sheriff) April 15, 2016
Mack and his officers are calling for a rebellion, and while he stated that, “I have never advocated violence; I spent 20 years in law enforcement without ever beating up anybody,” he also understands that sometimes you have to take a stand.
“When you have no place else to go, when all the courts are against you, all the legislators are against you, where else do you go?” he asked. “I believe to the local county sheriff … and if that means standing against the federal government, then so damn be it.”
H/T The Washington Post
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