Law-enforcement agencies need reminders from time to time that voters are in charge. Elected sheriffs are not.
The first step in reclaiming the United States is to elect a sheriff who knows the good guys from the bad guys.
He must also be smart enough to understand this rule: don’t beat up employees of the local newspaper. If you do, you’re going to get a lot of coverage. You’re going to look dumber than dirt.
Sheriff’s deputies in the Reno area apparently had never been told about this possibility.
Tim Dunn is a 21-year veteran of photo journalism. He is employed by the Reno Gazette-Journal. He had been sent by the paper to cover a fire. He is 60 years old.
Two deputies pushed him to the ground, pushed his face in the gravel, and then handcuffed him.
Why? The usual: obstructing the law-enforcement officers.
What had he done? He tried to take pictures of the fire. The fire destroyed two homes. But he got no pictures of this. He was busy.
The paper describes the events as follows.
Dunn said he was told to leave the area and was directed to another location farther from the scene. He said he was then taken to the ground by two deputies – one who shoved his foot on Dunn’s back and the other who pushed his face in the gravel. Dunn’s cheek has a large scrape on it.
Dunn said the deputies accused him of trying to impersonate a firefighter because he was wearing yellow protective fire gear, a helmet and goggles. However, annual wildfire training for media conducted by fire officials recommends such fire gear.
Would you wear fire gear? I surely would.
It turns out that his gear in the Sierra Front Media Fire Guide published by an interagency coalition that includes the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Division of Forestry, and others.
He was not actually arrested. Just roughed up a little. No problem. This is the official line at the sheriff’s office. Other than this, “no comment.”
Sheriff’s office spokesman Deputy Armando Avina said the deputies used their discretion and did not arrest Dunn. Avina said because reports in the case have not been completed, he could not comment on the incident.
The good thing about county government is that local citizens do have the power to replace boneheads who are on the payroll.
County government is where freedom-loving people will begin the roll-back of the statist bureaucrats who think they are in charge. The voters are in charge.