National sheriffs’ group, opposed to federal laws on guns and taxes, calls for defiance – Washington Post

Local police chiefs and sheriffs typically swear to enforce the laws of their state. But a group called the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association is intent on strictly enforcing their view of the U.S. Constitution and, according to a long new piece by the Center for Public Integrity, “its ambition is to encourage law enforcement officers to defy laws they decide themselves are illegal.” In essence, they are troubled by the overreach of the federal government in matters concerning guns, taxes and land management, and founder Richard Mack has described the federals as “the greatest threat we face today,” and his association as “the army to set our nation free.”

In an interview with Julia Harte and former Post reporter R. Jeffrey Smith, Mack said he had enlisted “several hundred” of the more than 3,000 sheriffs around the country as members of the CSPOA, and that hundreds more are sympathetic. At the association’s 2014 convention, 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 consent.

Don’t paint the police with a broad brush.  Yes, there are scumbags in our police ranks and they need to be removed from their positions as law officers.  But for every piece of shit, there’s three good ones that genuinely care about their community, dispense the law fairly and understand that being a law officer means holding themselves to an even higher standard than the citizens they protect.  The men referenced in the article above are firmly in the latter category.