Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 26, 2012

Sheriff Rogers should be aware of background of group he has joined


— Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers recently divulged in a newspaper interview his membership in the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) and council of that group. He was mentioned in an article in the winter issue of a publication of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the very group that shut down the Ku Klux Klan by a lawsuit dramatically recounted in the biography of Morris Dees, the organization’s iconic founder.

The article explores the background of the founder of CSPOA, Richard Mack, whose job application was rejected decades ago by the FBI, probably because he was already “over the top” back then.

 I hope our sheriff has fully informed himself about this group, which stands for lawlessness and vigilantism, according to Daniel Levitas, the author of “The Terrorist Next Door,” a study of the racist underpinnings of the militia movement of the 1990s.

— Joseph C. Lehman