In February of 2013, all 67 county sheriffs in Florida signed a pledge declaring that they would uphold the 2nd Amendment and protect peoples’ right to bear arms. Sheriff Nicholas Finch of Liberty County was such a signatory to the pledge.
Recently, Sheriff Finch, 50, was taken into custody by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and booked into the Liberty County Jail on Tuesday evening for “official misconduct.”
Reports state that in March, a Liberty County Sheriff’s deputy arrested a man for having a concealed firearm during a stop. The sheriff said, “I believe in the second amendment and we’re not going to charge him.” He released the man and is accused of destroying paperwork related to the arrest. (More here).
For doing his job and protecting a citizen’s rights, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Sheriff Finch. Florida Republican governor Rick Scott replaced the sheriff with Carl Causey.
If you are so inclined, please call Governor Rick Scott at (850) 488-7146 and Pam Bondi, Attorney General, at 850-414-3990 and tell them to drop all charges against Sheriff Finch, and re-instate him to his elected office.
If that doesn’t work, then we need to work to remove both Rick Scott and Pam Bondi from office next year’s election. When police and sheriff personnel do the right thing, we need to protect them.
When system purposely breeds bad apples, and roots out the good ones, it’s no surprise that the policing system has degraded into what it is.