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May 15, 2014

LETTERS FOR MAY 15, 2014: Reader is proud of sheriff

Reader is proud of sheriff

When I saw Sheriff Brad Rogers at the Bundy Ranch in Bunkerville, Nev. (April 18), I gained a newfound respect for the man and the Elkhart County uniform he wears with pride. The man so faithfully honors his oath to defend the Constitution and the American way of life, he went above and beyond the call of duty to make a stand for freedom against government overreach and “police” brutality by protecting those who he was not even obligated to defend.

Some Elkhart County residents have expressed malcontent with Rogers’ trip, stating he was out of his jurisdiction while wearing his uniform. I object. Without his uniform, he would have been just another face in the crowd. His presence at the ranch in uniform made a strong statement to the federal government that there are public officials who support civil liberties, the Constitution, and the right of Americans to not be held at gunpoint for protesting. There are civilized actions to be taken if a man owes dues (if, in fact, he does), but the actions of the Bureau of Land Management at the Bundy Ranch portrayed tyranny rather than that of a civil force.

I am proud to have had the honor of introducing Brad Rogers to the Oath Keepers, Militiamen, Three-Percenters and other independent patriots as my sheriff. I could not imagine having a more honorable and dedicated man elected as sheriff of Elkhart County. Had the BLM harassed any of our townsmen and pointed snipers at innocent unarmed crowds of American citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights here in Goshen, Sheriff Rogers would undoubtedly have upheld his oath to defend the Constitution and protect American citizens.

I trust no one more than Sheriff Rogers to protect my community and my family in any given situation.

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