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A sheriff in Washington state responded Monday to a controversial comment made by one of his deputies two weeks ago during a charity event.
Jerry Moffett, a deputy in Spokane County, Washington, was caught on tape at the Holiday and Heroes event during which some officers took underprivileged children shopping while others stood outside meeting and greeting those attending. But one woman who spoke to Moffett decided to record the interaction. In the video, the woman asks Moffett about the department’s Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) military-style vehicles.
“I’m thinking that is totally appropriate in Iraq but what kind of a situation in the U.S. would you see that happening?” the woman asked Moffett.
The deputy responded by saying, “We’ve got a lot of Constitutionalists and a lot of people that stockpile weapons, a lot of ammunition. They have weapons here locally.”
The Sheriff made a followup comment.
Knezovich said there is “no way” the equipment will be used on any law-abiding citizen. ”It will never be used to take your guns away,” he told the outlet. The outlet noted Moffett is a 20-year veteran of the force and an Army veteran … KXLY reported that Knezovich has since admitted that Moffett’s word choice could have been better, suggesting “extremist” would have been more appropriate than “Constitutionalist
Far from being shocked, disappointed or aghast at the comment by Moffett, I’m pleasantly surprised at his honesty. It’s always a good thing when the truth comes out. There is no reason for such equipment on police forces across the nation except for use on the people of America. Moffett’s candid response reminds us of this truth.
I’m also pleasantly surprised that the Sheriff brought up his time in grade on the police force and his military background. My own son believes that former military should try to avoid law enforcement if possible. There are good men who are former military, and there are bad men who are former military. Moffett is a bad one, and there is no justification for worship of the military. I know what my own son answers to the question, ‘Son, will you fire on American citizens?’ He would sooner fire on his commanding officers who issued such an order.
Mike Vanderboegh was called a radical right-winger. Hey, radical right-winger, constitutionalist or extremist. It’s six one way and half a dozen the other. As for Moffett, we know where he stands, and it’s because of people like him that we are constitutionalists and stockpile weapons. Bring it, Moffett.