This story is rather interesting. It seems cops who swear to uphold the constitution are now being fired for doing so. Our local Sheriff in Liberty County which is very close to my county actually won the top award at this convention for standing up for citizens rights. He fought Governor Scott who had him step down, and he won his court case and got his job back and this award for being the top Sheriff defending the constitution this past year.
Now it seems another law enforcement officer has paid the price for standing up for the truth.
TSA Harasses Police Chief – Placed On Administrative Leave – Told To Disband Entire Police Department
TSA Harasses Shane Harger, Constitutional Chief of Police Placed On Administrative Leave, Chief Told To Disband Entire Police Department
Shane Harger, Police Chief, Jemez Springs, NM – Ordered To Disband Village Police Department – Because He Attended the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) Convention
Sandoval County – Main Number – 505-867-7500 – We have been overwhelmed with requests for this telephone number
28 January 2014, 23:21 CST
Updated 29 January 2014 at 221:54 CST
By Vincent Finelli
Police Chief Shane Harger of the Jemez Springs, NM Police Department was placed on administrative leave and ordered to disband his police department today.
Harger returned from the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Convention on Monday, January 27, 2014 with a sense of knowing that, he as well as 38 other peace officers, shared the commitment to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America from enemies both foreign and domestic. He and the other 38 men and women signed the Resolution of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (see below).
The following morning, Harger was informed by Sheriff Douglas C. Wood of Sandoval County, New Mexico, that Harger was to dismantle the Jamez Springs Police Department.
Jemez Springs, NM is a tourist destination. With a population of 252, the police department enjoys ten part-time officers and volunteers with many working about 8 hours per month.
The story unfolds: Traveling by commercial airlines from Albuquerque, NM to LasVegas,NV, Harger was asked by TSA to show his credentials. Minutes later a man flashed a badge claiming to be a federal agent (agency unknown) also demanding to see Harger’s credentials.
Harger was told that he was a person of interest, and the federal agent wanted to know where he was going and why. Bear in mind, no one is required to provide this information under these circumstances.
Harger said that the federal agent told him that the he, the federal agent, was paid to be suspicious of everyone.
Harger informed the federal agent that he was traveling to attend the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Convention in LasVegas.
Harger was detained for thirty-five minutes – his detention was video recorded but not made available to Harger.
Link to Vincent Finelli’s radio broadcast of January 29, 2014 describing the event: http://archives2014.gcnlive.com/Archives2014/jan14/USAPrepares/0129141.mp3
Link to Sam Bushman’s radio broadcast of January 29, 2014 describing the event:
lnrlive.com/lrt/lrt20140129b.mp3Harger was eventually released from detention and was allowed to board the airplane.
No charges were filed against Harger. MORE