Rogers’ decision was ethically questionable
It’s been interesting to read the stories regarding Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers on a “peacekeeping mission” to “keep people from getting killed on my own time.” What?
Sheriff Rogers was not on his own time while wearing the Elkhart County Sheriff’s uniform on his personal mission. Mr. Rogers should have worn his everyday clothes. It was an unethical decision to wear the uniform. That uniform represents all the people of Elkhart County and it represents the authority given to him by the voters of Elkhart County, not the people of Nevada and their causes.
Cliven Bundy’s story regarding cattle grazing on public land in Nevada is questionable. Bundy’s claim that the family has been on the land since the 1870s is not true, according to a report in the Denver Post. ... The fact remains that Bundy has been illegally grazing cattle on public land that belongs to all of us. Ranchers pay a fee of $1.35 per head per month to graze on public land. Bundy has not paid fees since 1993 and owes $1 million in grazing fees. He decided not to pay the fees because the Bureau of Land Management restricted the period when cattle could graze in a certain area native to the endangered desert tortoise. Even the Nevada Cattleman’s Association does not endorse Bundy’s action.
According to the Washington Post, a protest camp was formed and a sign at the entrance reads “Militia sign in.” Did Sheriff Rogers, who took an oath to uphold the law in Indiana, while wearing his official Elkhart County uniform, join Mr. Bundy’s militia? Was he really on a “peacekeeping mission?” Wasn’t the sheriff supporting an illegal act?
All sarcasm aside, it appears that Mr. Bundy’s and Sheriff Rogers’ ability to make sound ethical decisions are questionable.