Sheriff: ‘Blow up a bridge, kill a few cops,’ OK if it serves white folks against the ‘Darkies’


Detroit News: The Michigan Sheriff’s Association has condemned comments by the Barry County sheriff that appeared to defend the 13 men who were arrested on allegations that they planned to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, storm the Capitol and try to start a civil war.

Sheriff Dar Leaf’s comments were “dangerous” and nothing about the alleged actions of the 13 individuals should be understood to be “legal, moral or American,” wrote Matthew Saxton, executive director and CEO for the Michigan Sheriffs Association.

“It is, frankly, disheartening that any law enforcement official with any time in service of his or her oath could respond that way,” Saxton wrote in a Tuesday open letter that also thanked state and federal investigators involved in the case.

Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf addresses the crowd during the "American Patriot Rally —Sheriffs Speak Out" event at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, May 18, 2020. Leaf said that he will not enforce the governor's stay-at-home order stating it's unconstitutional.

Leaf did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The statement comes four days after Leaf — who appeared on stage with some of the suspects at a May rally — told Fox 17 the individuals had been “nice and respectful to him” and deserved a fair trial.

“I was shocked. I did not see this coming for those guys,” Leaf said about the charges against Michael Null, 38, of Plainwell and William Null, 38, of Shelbyville.

“A lot of people are angry with the governor and they want her arrested. So are they trying to arrest or was it a kidnap attempt?” he said, arguing that their plot may have been allowed under a citizen arrest statute.

“It doesn’t say if you’re in elected office that you’re exempt from that arrest. I have to look at it from that angle and I’m hoping that’s more of what it is,” he said.  read more


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  1. Electing the sheriff is one of the least attended elections. High turnouts are only when major issues are published by responsible journalists. In some counties, (La still calls them parishes)
    a candidate is selected by a small group seeking influence and position, and too often they run unopposed. Another factor often overlooked is many voters quite simply assume that a candidate Must have experience in law enforcement. This is not necessarily the case, and is unwise if the department has been hiring from within certain groups for too long. Cleaning up a sheriffs department could be a nasty job, that few would want. Could even be dangerous.

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