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“When your government is evil or out of line, that’s what the sheriff is there for, protecting them from that.”

Barry County, Mich., chief law enforcement officer Dar Leaf, regarding what he believes is the sacred mission of America’s sheriffs. Leaf is on the advisory board of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, which was founded in 2011 and teaches that elected sheriffs must protect their citizens from the overreach of an out-of-control federal government by refusing to enforce any law they deem unconstitutional or unjust. (Associated Press —Aug. 21, 2023)

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  • The Cobb County, Ga., School District, in a press release after the county’s school board voted to fire Katie Rinderle, an elementary school teacher of 10 years, for reading the picture book My Shadow Is Purple by Scott Stuart, after a parent complained about the book’s content about gender fluidity. Rinderle is believed to be the first public school teacher fired in Georgia because of the state’s new law that bars the teaching of “divisive concepts” and created a parents’ bill of rights. (Associated Press — Aug. 17, 2023)
  • New York Police Department Chief of Transit Michael Kemper, regarding the social media trend of people climbing aboard the roof of moving subway cars. Four teens have died in the first six months of 2023, and two were seriously injured, as a result of the trend, compared to just five suspected subway surfing fatalities between 2018 and 2022. Officials have asked social media companies to remove videos of the stunts to discourage future incidents. (NPR — Aug. 17, 2023)
  • Goodhue, Minn., Mayor Ellen Anderson Buck, regarding a mass resignation of the police department. Police Chief Josh Smith, another full-time officer and five part-time employees have resigned; Smith, who led the resignations, said the city wasn’t offering enough money to retain officers. The mayor said that the resignations were surprising because the City Council gave officers a 5 percent increase and Smith a $13,000 raise earlier this year. (Associated Press — Aug. 16, 2023)
  • Kim Mitchell, senior water policy adviser at Western Resource Advocates, a Phoenix-based nonprofit dedicated to protecting water and land in the West, regarding the brief relief that this past winter’s precipitation brought to Lake Powell and Lake Mead of the Colorado River, which are still only at about 39 and 33 percents full, respectively. Federal officials are expected to ease water cuts for 2024 due to the slight improvement of the river’s health, but experts are still concerned about the impacts of a drying future. (Associated Press — Aug. 14, 2023)
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