American Sheriffs : More politicians than cops
It would be very easy to blame all sheriffs for the way that they have evolved from protectors of citizens to self serving politicians, but we cannot since we ourselves have much to do with the plague of bad sheriffs.
Because the position of sheriff can be a very powerful role in the community, it was decided that sheriffs should be elected officials. This means that a community has to put up with a bad sheriff for 4 years. It also means that a bad community can keep re-electing a crooked sheriff.
The original logic was that many police chiefs are community employees. According to the National Sheriffs Association that means, “who owe their allegiance to a city”. That begs the question, “Who do Sheriffs serve?”. The answer is that the position of Sheriff has become a lucrative, self serving position of power. A sheriff can bend the law in your favor, bend the law against you, or simply break the law either way. Who is their oversight? Who can fire a sheriff?
No one. No one.
A sheriff is untouchable unless a criminal case is brought against him by the community prosecutor. This happens more than you can imagine. The fact is that sheriff’s have no oversight. They have no one to make them walk the line.
Recent crooked sheriffs like :
Joe Aripiao, (Maricopa, Arizona, County Sheriff) who mistreats inmates in the prisons in his county, arrests people of Spanish decent without cause, and runs raids to round up people of color. (Joe is an example of a bad community supporting a crooked sheriff.)
Sheriff Lee Baca: (Los Angeles County Sherrif) who runs as many raids on legal medical marijuana dispensaries to keep the illegal drug trade flowing. Sheriff Baca makes his money from drug busts. Drug money has recently become the largest single revenue source for many sheriff departments in the country. It is in their best interest to keep the illegal drug traffic flowing into their jurisdictions. You will not find many sheriffs who will admit the fact that if drugs were legalized they would lose the majority of their day to day duties. Sheriff Baca’s recent statement, “as many as 97 percent operate as criminal enterprises“, which is an outright lie, shows that his main interest lies in illegal drug flow.
DAYTON — Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer’s office attempted to have 25 boxes of foreclosure sales files destroyed last week in the midst of a Common Pleas Court inquiry into the pay of sheriff’s sale appraisers, according to documents obtained by the Dayton Daily News.
Louisiana : Bexar County sheriff Ralph Lopez, 71, resigned in August after he was indicted on misdemeanor charges of accepting a golf vacation to Costa Rica from Premier Management Enterprises. Reynolds, who also went on the Costa Rica trip, was accused of accepting up to $30,000 in cash from Premier in exchange for securing the lucrative contract to manage the stores which sell items to inmates at the Bexar County Jail. Reynolds allegedly laundered the money through several phony charities.
Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris has been indicted on multiple federal charges and has been suspended as sheriff.
Texas : Harris County Deputy Sheriff Indicted For Disclosing Confidential Information For Cash
HARRISON COUNTY, IN (WAVE) – A southern Indiana lawman has been indicted and arrested. Michael Deatrick, the sheriff of Harrison County, faces nearly a dozen counts in a sexual harassment and intimidation case.
Florida Okaloosa County Sheriff Charles “Charlie” Morris, 59, and his former administrative director, Teresa Adams, 50, are alleged to have run a kickback scheme in which they gave fictitious bonuses to sheriff’s department employees, who were then directed to return some or all of the bonus money to them via cash or cashier’s check
Indiana :Harrison County Sheriff Mike Deatrick was indicted Thursday on multiple felony charges including criminal deviate conduct and obstruction of justice in a nearly two-year investigation that began after two women employees filed sexual harassment claims against him.
Georgia : The indictment’s 19 counts against former DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey include one count of murder, three counts of violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corruptions Organizations (RICO) Act, two counts of bribery, two counts of violation of oath, nine counts of theft and one count each of aiding or permitting another to escape lawful custody or confinement and illegal use of inmates.
This is just a small sample of what can be found when you Google : sheriff indicted
What we need to realize as a country is that we do not have control of our democratic system of government. The candidate who advertises the most gets the office. Now that is bad when it comes to a senator or town board member, but sheriffs are politicians with guns. I cannot think of anything more dangerous.
To their credit, 3 states have either not established a sheriffs department, or have moved away from the crooked sheriff model to one where the person with the gun is held accountable.
1. Alaska. No county governments.
2. Connecticut. Sheriffs have been replaced with a State Marshal System.
3. Hawaii. There are no Sheriffs in Hawaii but Deputy Sheriffs serve in the Sheriff’s Division of the Hawaii Department of Public Safety.
Maybe the rest of the States in our Union should take a closer look at the benefits of NOT having sheriffs running all around the state.