Lately, the subject of law enforcement has been troubling what’s left of my mind. In this so-called nation of laws, some people, towns, counties and states have begun selective law enforcement. Many are deciding for themselves the laws they will honor and those they will ignore. Primary among these are state and local governments that decide to become sanctuaries for lawbreakers — thumbing their noses at our justice system. This country is and has been heading into a form of anarchy.

Merriam-Webster defines anarchy thusly: “a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority.” Although, technically, “governmental authority” exists, that point is arguable. That “authority” is not always law-abiding. Do such jurisdictions deserve authority?

Are cities, counties and states that declare themselves sanctuaries lawful or lawless? Elected officials, in support of sanctuaries, are aiding and abetting lawbreakers — with or without the approval of the citizenry.

The subject that I’m sneaking up to is lawmen. Back to Merriam-Webster: “a law-enforcement officer (such as a sheriff or marshal).” Now, let’s look at the term law enforcement officer (LEO). Various sources were accessed (U.S. Legal and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, among others) with virtually identical results. To wit: The job of an LEO involves prevention, investigation, apprehension of suspects or those already convicted. Additionally, “Federal [LEOs] have duties similar to those of local police officers. These agents enforce the law, investigate crimes, preserve evidence, write reports …” (U.S. Legal). No reference was made to the existence of what I’ll call jurisdictional enforcement. No hint that local police cannot become involved with federal law enforcement or vice versa. Nothing indicates that a sheriff upholds only local laws. The oath of office for Frederick County sheriffs and deputies makes no such mention. In fact, the oath references that the officeholder “will support the Constitution of the United States.” It doesn’t take a great leap to extend that to U.S. laws.

As LEOs frequently remind us, information from private citizens is always useful. Similarly, law enforcement agencies often rely upon each other in order to adequately protect and serve the citizenry— that’s us, folks. Even suggesting that one agency ignore or refuse to assist another is akin to suggesting that citizens offer no assistance to the various agencies. Think about that. Are we shooting ourselves in the foot by handicapping LEOs?

Policing at all levels needs assistance. Anything that we do that hinders their legitimate work is deplorable. These folks put it all on the line every day. They have earned and deserve our respect and all the help we can give them.

If an LEO, in assisting another agency, does not negatively affect the home unit, and they are upholding the law, what difference should it make? We were, after all, created as a nation of laws. Enforcing them is what a lawman does. Assisting other LEOs is traditional and natural. Any elected official who orders an LEO not to enforce any law should be subject to discipline — including removal from office.

Hopefully, most would have problems with a lawman who refused to enforce the law — even when ordered to do so. Worse would be the elected official who instructed a lawman to ignore the law. Who placed such people above the law, and when? If you’re an elected official, it’s likely that you took an oath to uphold the law. Do that. If you don’t like the law, change it. There’s a system in place to do that. Don’t like the system? Change it or resign.

Carroll County Sheriff James DeWees said: “My stance on the issue? If ICE has legal documents to take into custody someone they have a signed warrant for, then my office will assist them. We would do this for any local, state or federal law enforcement agency and ICE is no different.”

I agree. No one, elected or otherwise, should be permitted to tell a LEO not to enforce any law. Additionally, no one should be permitted to tell any LEO not to cooperate with other LEOs if all are acting in a lawful manner and such cooperation does not negatively affect any unit in a significant manner. When LEOs are prohibited from enforcing laws, how can we (the taxpayers) be positively affected?

Rick Blatchford writes from Mount Airy. Contact him at rpblatch4d@comcast.net.

(54) comments

rikkitikkitavvi

Phy you almost had me when I read your 8:40pm post. It was, at first blush, pretty darn compelling. Until I saw what you did. Here is my response to your comment.



I won't split hairs. your disclaimer word was "except" for "I don't call individuals names." No you and your followers classify an entire group. You should accept the fact you did so. Your apology lacks sincerity across the board for whom you and your crew have labeled with the header RACIST with an exclamation mark. You are disingenuous with the snide remark "there are no racists among Conservatives. Wrong. There are. There are also racists on the liberal side of this see-saw too. The great divide you speak of is not ONLY about race. You and your liberal fans know that but spin the facts as you see fit. Liberals didn't love Obama because he associated with Rev. Wright or even Bill Ayers. Liberals didn't love Obama because he turned back race relations by a 100 years with his divisive language. Liberals didn't love Obama when he was attacking the police and praising the criminals. They didn't even love him because he doubled the number of people on food stamps. Liberals and progressives loved him because of his policies. It had nothing to do with the color of his skin.

phydeaux994

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Lev928

Don't forget this FACT: State and local politicians and law enforcement leaders can be charged federally with obstruction of justice, and also misconduct in office at the state level for refusing to abide by, enforce, or assist in the enforcement of federal laws. FACT. It's only been a matter of tolerance and leniency thus far by the feds. It WILL happen at some point.

rikkitikkitavvi

They are indeed "havens for lawbreakers."

FCPS-Principal

Like when Republican Jeb Bush endorsed international kidnapping and ordered Florida police not to cooperate with federal authorities trying to return Elian Gonzalez to his legal parent?

rikkitikkitavvi

Low energy Jeb? He surely did have him some energy back then didn't he?

jschmersahl

See . https://www.subscriptlaw.com/sanctuary-cities for some facts on the matter , not just opinion

jerseygrl42

You said it well Rick as did MW...the so called sanctuaries are nothing but law breakers and a disgrace to the citizens they are supposed to protect and represent and my sense is that some of our County reps are looking to move in that direction with the first step being an attempt to degrade out wonderful Sheriff and his Deputies...if we are to remain a country we must have control of our borders and 22+ million illegals according to recent Yale/ MIT study says that we need more enforcement , not less...more than 2,000 murders committed by illegals every year and it seems we already have more than enough home grown criminals already

BunnyLou

Agreed, but the white lefties with guilt complexes can’t seem to understand the burden the invaders place on the social safety net. 22 million can only translate to billions of dollars annually. Imagine what that money could do for seniors, the needy and the indegent.

FCPS-Principal

There's a job opening for you in Mississippi. Lots of them. Hahahaha.

Burgessdr

Jersey. They are hard workers. Unlike you sitting home collecting welfare

rikkitikkitavvi

Be better burgAssDr

shiftless88

You notice when Mississippi went to bust undocumented immigrants, over 600, they went to a place of WORK! Where they were WORKING their tails off for low wages. They did not scoop them up at the spa or at a street corner.

FCPS-Principal

I guess you support the 10th Amendment only some of the time.

gary4books

All we have to do is fix the law. Then this will be immaterial and possibly irrelevant.

rikkitikkitavvi



Build the WALL. There are many other similar incidents like this if you look for them.





A staunch supporter of the rights of immigrants - and a married father of five - was killed last week when an illegal immigrant from El Salvador facing deportation crashed into his motorcycle in Colorado.

Sean Buchanan, 45, was driving northbound on Highway 83 on August 2 when Colorado State Patrol say a southbound truck operated by Miguel Ramirez Valiente went off the side of the road, then over-corrected into the wrong lane and crashed into Buchanan's bike, killing him.

Valiente, an undocumented immigrant who was slated for deportation eight months earlier, was charged with misdemeanor careless driving with a revoked license in the deadly accident.

In an ironic twist, Buchanan was known among friends a passionate advocate for all immigrants.

rikkitikkitavvi

Why isn't this an act of war?



MCALLEN, Texas — Gulf Cartel gunmen fired what are believed to be AK-47s or similar weapons at U.S. Border Patrol agents on the Rio Grande. None were injured.

The shooting took place early Friday morning just south of Fronton, Texas. The agents were not struck by the gunfire, however, their boat was hit several times. The U.S. Border Patrol RGV Sector Office confirmed the incident to Breitbart Texas and advised it would issue additional information throughout the day.

threecents

Rick may not be the best with legal concepts or keeping an open mind, but he excels at reporting his thoughts and dictionary definitions, so each column is educational.

Dwasserba

"Are cities, counties and states that declare themselves sanctuaries lawful or lawless?" Lawful. God's Law.

veritas

If only the abortionists felt the same way.

threecents

DW, No. We need the Wall... the wall that separates church and state. Ooh, I was close to writing something profound.

rikkitikkitavvi

Church and State? Yes. Separation of State and Religion? No. There is a difference.

threecents

My gosh, can you stop?

rikkitikkitavvi

You don't agree? The Church is the actual Clergy that minister to their flock of sheeple. They are simple human beings and are susceptible to the seven sins. That should be abundantly clear to you with all that is going on in this country and the world at large. Religion on the other hand is wholly dependent on faith and belief within the human soul. Explain why you disagree with me. And no I can't and won't stop. Why should I?

public-redux

“Church” has various definitions, including “the whole body of Christian believers; Christendom.” (Dictionary.com, third meaningful). And there are religions that are not (or need not be) based on faith. (I am a member of a non-faith-based religion.) So religion is not wholly dependent on faith.

shiftless88

Where were all these law and order types when Sheriff Joe broke the law and got pardoned?

hayduke2

Shift - [thumbup][thumbup] I would add the lawbreakers that took over nature reserves in the West or the Bundy clan who don't pay their socialist grazing fees.

shiftless88

Rick has never heard of prosecutorial discretion, I guess. Or does he give himself a ticket every time he finds himself 1 mph over the speed limit, forgets to put his blinker on in time, or rolls a stop sign?

public-redux

I'm old enough to remember a time when conservatives weren't so keen on local government kowtowing to Washington. I call this phenomenon the wussification of local conservatives.

DickD

Law enforcement should be supported.  The problem here is Rick only wants to apply it to certain situations.  Sure, he doesn't like sanctuary cities, but locking up children, not feeding them and sending their parents back, leaving children abandoned is okay with Rick.Look at who Rick supports, Donald Trump.  Trump violates laws daily with his tweets, he refuses lawful orders and tells others to refuse.  Trump even attacks the media - daily and whispers security secrets into Putin's ear.  At the same time, Trump wraps his arms around Kim, the N. Korean dictator, who threatens democracies, including the U.S. with nuclear bombs.  Rick, if you want law enforcement, fine, quit being a hypocrite!

Dwasserba

[thumbup]Dick

veritas

"... locking up children, not feeding them and sending their parents back, leaving children abandoned..." Where do you come up with this nonsense?

threecents

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phydeaux994

Donald Trump. He has brought a lot of nonsense to America.

Boyce Rensberger

Law enforcement officers always exercise discretion in whether to make arrests when they see a law being broken. It's a standard part of police training. How is Blatchford so ignorant of this?

Thewheelone

Rick says, " some people, towns, counties and states have begun selective law enforcement." 650 people arrested for being here illegally, yet no one (according to any report I have seen) who hired them has been arrested. Yep, that certainly is selective law enforcement, Mr. B.

gabrielshorn2013

I wondered about that too wheel. Kelly has said that it is impossible to tell if someone is undocumented, and cannot legally work here legally. That may be so, but 650 people? Come on, they new, and willfully broke the law. They should be jailed along with their employees, and be given the ceremonial "perp walk" in front of the cameras.

richardlyons

Any elected official who orders an LEO not to enforce any law should be subject to discipline — including removal from office.

awteam2000

Then you would agree it is unlawful for local law enforcement to arrest someone without a warrant? Or ("probable cause") to believe that a crime has been committed and that the person they want to arrest committed the crime. The courts have said simply skin color, ethnicity or speaking a language other than English is not probable cause or grounds to stop and apprehend. There is no assumption of guilt simply for being Hispanic.

gabrielshorn2013

Of course aw, with the caveat being that they were not caught committing a crime, or during the course of an investigation there was enough evidence for probable cause before the warrant was issued. Simply "breathing while brown" is not a crime, and those folks should be left alone.

awteam2000

A brown maid eating lunch at lunch time what was the probable cause? Running when the police drove up. The court said Bull. It was too much guacamole?

Or the mother driving with her daughter in the back seat, allegedly with a tail light out. Where have I heard that before? Probable cause, the crucifix hanging from the rearview mirror. More likely being brown while driving. Just driving around bothering brown people is not what I want the police to do. This county has mediocre record on crime for the size of the population and it’s not Hispanic people .


gabrielshorn2013

Immm... was your response meant for me as? If so, perhaps you missed my last sentence where I said "Simply "breathing while brown" is not a crime, and those folks should be left alone." The sheriff's deputies were determined by a court to have made a mistake, and the subsequent damages are still being litigated. The other case? I have been pulled over for having a broken taillight and given a repair order. It was a loose bulb causing an intermittent outage, which was easily fixed. I still had to drive to the Sheriff's office to show the repair was done. Therefore, your second example is most likely a valid violation. Her lawsuit is bogus because the delay in the stop was caused by the woman requesting a Spanish-speaking officer.

shiftless88

What about a LEO like a Sheriff who says they will not enforce a law because they think it is unconstitutional?

gabrielshorn2013

Example?

shiftless88

A number of cases involving gun laws in states with geographically divided liberal and conservative areas.

rikkitikkitavvi

Do you believe the same about State and Federal AG"s? Or is your opinion politically motivated?

Burgessdr

Babbling repetitiveness.

rikkitikkitavvi

You described phydo and others to a T without even trying. Good job. Take a bow burg.

Thewheelone

Picking up CD's demeaning name for Phydeaux, Rikki?

phydeaux994

Thanks Thewheelone. rikkitikkitavvi is pretty new here. All that he’s said here (that you can understand) has been said by CD before. Speaking of CD, where is he? I hope he’s O.K. He is missed. Probably in Scotland, his favorite place in the World.

rikkitikkitavvi

phudo seems to be the weak link in your squad. As far as demeaning names, HA phydo has used many.

Thewheelone

Phydeaux, I believe that CD is lurking behind the new moniker KR999; of course I have no proof, but I call this person CD and he/she does not dispute it. His writing style and comments are quite the same as CD and he really let's Samantha get under his skin the same way the ol CD used to. My guess is CD (who I also believe is the former Glen Shiel) got banned for something and got himself a new email and a new screen name.

phydeaux994

I agree Thewheelone. When he switched from Glen Shiel to CDReid it took about 3 minutes to figure it out.

phydeaux994

rikkitikkitavvi, I don’t call individuals names. Except Racist, which is a description not a name. And I must apologize to everyone I have labeled a Racist. Starting with Don and Sheriff Jenkins and the BTT(BullyTagTeam) and the RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans). gab and jsk have made me realize that there are no Racists among Conservatives, that the GREAT DIVIDE is not about Race as I had firmly believed. It is about Policy. Conservatives didn’t hate President Obama because he was Black, they hated him because of his Policies. And Conservatives don’t love Trump because he hates Blacks and Browns and Muslims that come from $hithole Countries and LGBTQ’s and Socialists, Conservatives love Trump because of his Policies. There, I feel better already. Peace.✌️

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