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Feds to recieve permission of sheriff before search,seizure,or arrest?

 

"HELENA, Mont. –  The line of people stretched out the door of the committee room, all waiting for their turn to condemn or express their fears about the federal government.

Most identified themselves as ordinary Montana citizens or tea party supporters united by the belief that the government is chipping away at their rights and abusing the constitutions of the state and the nation.

They'd arrived for a public hearing on the so-called "Sheriffs First Act," a Montana senator's proposal to make sheriffs the supreme authorities in their counties. Federal agents would be required to obtain written permission from a sheriff before conducting a search, seizure or arrest in a county."



http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/01/23/montana-plan

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tnmomofive

Asked by tnmomofive at 10:51 AM on Jan. 24, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I don't like it. There are many cases of corruption at the local level (even Sheriff's being involved in drugs & crime). The FBI should be able to come in without the knowledge/assistance of local law enforcement. I understand what they are trying to do, and in theory it's a great idea - but it makes the assumption that the local sheriff is always going to be law abiding.
    Scuba

    Answer by Scuba at 11:02 AM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • Yep good point scuba but maybe folks will be more careful with whom they elect
    tnmomofive

    Comment by tnmomofive (original poster) at 11:04 AM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • I don't like it. There are many cases of corruption at the local level (even Sheriff's being involved in drugs & crime). The FBI should be able to come in without the knowledge/assistance of local law enforcement. I understand what they are trying to do, and in theory it's a great idea - but it makes the assumption that the local sheriff is always going to be law abiding. Answer by Scuba


    I know specifically of some in Montana in the 90's. 


    Not to mention that if it has to do with something that is under the federal authority to investigate / act, then that is what our tax dollars are paying for.  Our tax dollars and public safety shouldn't depend on some local sheriff.


    Now, if the feds refuse to do their jobs, then the sheriff should act accordingly. 

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 11:54 AM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • One the surface, I think this is a citizenry pushing back at the fed gov't and saying the state is a sovereign and must be treated that way. But, agencies like the FBI or the ATF are there to look after the safety of the citizens just like the local authorities. I wonder what the feds have done to make them do this. Do the feds have to honor the act.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 7:34 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • The feds have to concede control to locals already.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 8:36 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • Police and sheriff's departments have always had conflicts with the Fibbie's as they are referred to. This new proposal is needed to prevent interruption in ongoing cases as well as disturbing investigations in progress. It is a good law to allow and require all parties to be upfront about cases pending and ongoing. Investigations of local corruption in law enforcement areas is the appropriate jurisdiction of STATE law enforcement agencies and there is no need for federal intrusion unless requested.
    annabarred

    Answer by annabarred at 11:05 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

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