The race between Karl Bickel and incumbent Chuck Jenkins for Frederick County’s chief law enforcement officer brings us to a critical moment in county law enforcement. The sheriff’s election will be a vote on whether law enforcement is based on law and democratic principles or whether we hand over the power of the sheriff to the candidate who believes he is above the law. A vote for Bickel makes Frederick County communities safe through accountability, partnerships with communities and public officials, and rejection of extreme partisan politics in the sheriff’s office.

Regardless of Jenkins’ popularity and long run as sheriff, every voter in this county must face up to how his political rhetoric undermines trust in law enforcement. In a column titled “Jenkins Spreads Conspiracy Theories Ahead of the Capitol Hill Putsch (Jan. 26, 2021),” Dylan Petrohilos reports that, at a Frederick County Conservative Club event, Jenkins claimed the 2020 presidential election was “stolen,” and that “he would not enforce gun-control laws and mask mandates.” A vote for Jenkins means endorsing Jenkins’ claims that he will not enforce laws he does not agree with. Also, on the WFMD “Morning News Express” program on June 30, Jenkins claims that “every Democrat in America is trying to destroy this country.” If you’d like to hear more about Jenkins’ extreme beliefs, Petrohilos’ column includes a 20-minute speech Jenkins delivered at the Frederick County Conservative Club event.

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mamlukman

And yes, major crime (most of them anyway) are down in Frederick County over the last 10 years. But they're down in Maryland as a whole. The question is, is major crime down significantly more in Frederick County rather than Maryland as a whole or Washington or Howard Counties?

Plumbum

Alotta drop in crime during the Covid lock down

mamlukman

Good LTE. [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

TrekMan

Too bad Lady, your boy is going to lose! Even with your rhetoric against our sheriff, he'll still protect you despite it.

pdl603

Bickel is a loser, three times. Not wanted here.

Plumbum

Name calling isn’t allowed. I have no choice but to file a report

Plumbum

How many times did Trumpkins lose in appeals court?

bhall74

Another off topic comment from a leftist who lets President Trump live rent free in her head.

Plumbum

Countering your ignorant post is “off topic”? LOL

Plumbum

I will dance for joy if Karl B wins.

But he’s making me extremely nervous.

Attending Democratic dinners and functions isn’t enough. I’m a dem and I don’t follow such events nor do I want to.

Karl had done no radio ads. No newspaper ads. Very few signs north and west of frederick.

Excuse me but elections aren’t popularity contests. Plain and simple. It’s not what you know it’s who you know.

Heck, 90% of the voters have no clue the role and responsibility of a county sheriff. If they don’t know Karl, they’ll say “well Trumpkins has been hehe this long I’ll vote for him just because”.

I’m hoping the majority blue cone out and vote. But 1/2 the registered don’t bother voting

Plumbum

Correction :

“Excuse me but elections ARE popularity contests.”

TrekMan

That's why they call him Basement Bickel! And he'll lose a 4th time!!

Plumbum

And you sit in your garage all day posting in the paper comments and on Facebook. It’s all relative.

TrekMan

WRONG Homeslice - I don't do any social media!! This is about as close as it gets. Plums - why do you make these kinds of ridiculous assertions? This almost puts you on the same level as DickDo. You're better than that, don't stoop that low!

phydeaux994

DickD has been around here for many, many, years Trek. He’s a smart guy, has some common sense. He’s knocked off dozens of pipsqueaks like you over the years. He talks about the issues, will answer your questions, and doesn’t get all pissed off if you disagree with him. DickD is one of many good people here, none on your side.

TrekMan

Fido - Wrong - he's an old curmudgeon who spews junk! I'm guessing you know him personally. Comm0on sense, nope, leftwing/progressive drivel is all he espouses!!

matts853

I wonder who’s side Jenkins would have been on if he was at the Capitol on Jan. 6? Would he have upheld his oath of office and come to the defense of fellow law enforcement officers that were getting brutalized by the people who echo his radical views, or would he have stood down and let them attack America?

I’m sorry, but Jenkins can’t take the oath of office in good faith if he supports the seditionist Donald Trump and goes around saying the election was stolen. Karl Bickel is a true professional with extensive law enforcement experience on and off the streets. He’s educated. Jenkins is a simple demagogue more interested in preening than keeping his house in order. I voted yesterday for Karl.

threecents

I first knew who Jenkins was way back when he and Blaine promoted a Frederick showing of a birther film depicting candidate Obama as a foreign-born agent bent on the destruction of the US. So it was not a big surprise to me when Jenkins recently said on the air that he believes all Democrats want to destroy the US. I would really like a sheriff who does not politicize the office. How often do we hear about the political views of a Frederick city chief of police - much less have it stuffed down our throats?

TrekMan

You mean Obummer is not a foreign agent?? Oh yeah, that's right, it's his wife!! Bwahahahahaha!! 🤣🤣

threecents

TM, Are you having an episode?

Dwasserba

I don’t know where-all people came from, moving here, but the ground roots popularity of the Sheriff greatly has to do with his lifelong connectedness to the community ranking above all other considerations. It’s hard to argue against living here all your life and devoting your life to your idea of policing it. People who support him would have to feel wronged. Since his “offenses” don’t seem personally directed, it doesn’t change many supporters’ opinions to be reminded. Bickel is a wonderful candidate. This is not an easy place to win over once it’s won.

TrekMan

And Ole Karl isn't going to win. The writing is on the proverbial wall!!

AHHAPROD

And yet doesn’t it matter what “your idea of policing” (so clearly and accurately revealed in this letter) is? Are a chief law enforcement officer’s ideas (and associations and policies and practices) so unimportant that even after they’ve been exposed and found, even by courts, to violate not uphold the rule of law, supporters turn a blind eye to them? Yes, for some community members they’re just an old friend believing and doing his wild thing. But if you drive an old car or “look foreign” or even too well dressed in an expensive brand new car and have the wrong accent or pigmentation, sooner or later, on the current sheriff’s watch, you find out just how personally directed those wild ideas can be.

AHHAPROD

This was in response to Dwasserba’s interesting & thought-provoking 5:47 comment. jh

bhall74

AHH, when you say "But if you drive an old car or “look foreign” or even too well dressed in an expensive brand new car and have the wrong accent or pigmentation, sooner or later, on the current sheriff’s watch, you find out just how personally directed those wild ideas can be." are you speaking from experience or just speculating?

AHHAPROD

bhall,

since it sounds like a friendly question (for which thanks), a few weeks ago I had an experience (being stopped on the road in an old car on a false pretext) that was almost identical to the one Boyce Rensberger described in a recent comment to another letter. The others have been related to me & others by acquaintances & friends who experienced them directly, some more than once. —except for the reference to being too well dressed & with the wrong skin color in an upscale new car, which if I’m remembering right was reported or commented on months ago in the FNP. jh

mamlukman

As I said on another post a few days ago, this happened to me. Old car, midnight, stopped. "License plate light out." It wasn't. Pure profiling-- old car is enough to get pulled over.

AHHAPROD

Sorry for the mistake, Mamlulman (at 5:39), I remembered it as being experienced & commented on by Boyce Rensberger. jh

phydeaux994

In the history of Jenkins regime, many, many, have experienced profiling by Deputies under the orders of Sheriff Jenkins. Enough for ICE to kick him off of the 287(g) Law Enforcement Task Force for profiling. Enough to have him sued twice and lose by Hispanic women who were profiled under Sheriff Jenkins orders. You haven’t lived here in Frederick for long have you Mr. Hall. It’s a pain to have to rehash this old history you know nothing about. Quit trying to rewrite it.

TrekMan

That's such bull, where do you literally pull that stuff from - your hindernethers?? You even just said on another post that you are new here - so quit running your mouth until you have earned the right to run when you lived here for at least a few more years. All you're exposing here is your ignorance!

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