Its hard not to be suspicious in this new era of selective federal enforcement.
I have made the point more than once that your county Sheriff is the ultimate authority as the highest elected law enforcement official in the county.
Sheriffs throughout Michigan have made statements acknowledging this, and further, have pledged to protect the citizens in their counties from otherwise unenforceable actions of the federal government. Actions which require the participation of the sheriff to even happen. Sheriff Leaf is on the list of those Sheriffs who have pledged their support to the 2nd amendment.
It seems the government doesn’t like the kind of Sheriff who thinks that way however.
Michigan State Police confirm to 24 Hour News 8 that the FBI raided the Barry County Sheriff’s Department.
Four FBI cars were parked outside the Barry County Sheriff’s Office in Hastings Wednesday morning.
But Barry County Sheriff Dar leaf, with his associations might have dropped a bit of a challenge a while back that stuck in someone’s craw.
Comments made by Commissioner Jeff VanNortwick at Tuesday’s Barry County Board of Commissioners meeting have raised interest in the professional associations of Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf.“Is there any reason that taxpayers in this county should become alarmed at all with the aligning of our sheriff with constitutional parties that vow to protect and to hold firearms and to do their own governmental interest similar to what we’re seeing from [Sheriff] Mike Raines over at Eaton County?” asked VanNortwick of Barry County Undersheriff Bob Baker.
Though the question lacked specifics for many, an Internet search of the Raines name leads to a connection to a nationwide organization that purports county sheriffs to be what one website positions as “the last line of defense against an overreaching federal government.”
At least 160 sheriffs are believed to be part of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, which held national conferences in Las Vegas in January and September of this year. Raines and Leaf are said to be the only two sheriffs from Michigan who attended. Leaf attended both conferences, Raines the first. “
Its said there are computers being removed , and there is an investigation for fraud. Comment speculation is that surplus military vehicles located at the Sheriff’s department might be the source of the problem, and the FBI is not issuing any statements as yet.
In Gladwin County the highest law enforcement official is the prosecuting attorney!?
I guess it depends on who you talk to (Prosecutor will disagree)
The issue really comes down to jurisdiction.
your wrong. read the state constitution. the sheriff is.
If this is the case, it might be one of those cases where one might reconsider doing favors. I can imagine a scenario where the deputy dies, and to get certain benefits for the FAMILY of the dead deputy, he might have needed to be on duty in some manner.
In communities like this, everyone would know, but wouldn't say anything unless they had sour grapes to sow.
Maybe the feds are coming down on the Sheriff for his stand on the 2nd Amendment. Will use any excuse to harass him. Sheriff Leaf is one of the best in recent memory. Just saying.
Sounds to me that the MSP FUSION Center boys in blue have already overloaded their ass on this one.
Good find. Thanks CS!
So much for the idea that he fraudulently got death benefits for the deputy - unless he just said that he was off duty but actually still pushed for the benefits anyway. Doubt that though.