Liberal sheriff makes an 'unconscionable' choice

Friday, March 9, 2018
 | 
Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Bullet proof vestThe controversial sheriff of Travis County, Texas is being accused of putting political views ahead of the safety of sheriff's deputies.

Texas has received $23 million in federal grant money to purchase 33,000 rifle-resistant vests for law enforcement officers, allowing more than 400 law enforcement agencies to apply for them.

To get the state-funded vests, however, those agencies must sign a letter stating they will cooperate with detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE. That requirement comes from the office of Gov. Greg Abbott. 

Town loses second officer in line of duty

A little town in Missouri has lost another member of its police department for the second time in seven months.

Clinton, Missouri is in mourning after 30-year-old Christopher Ryan Morton was killed while responding to a domestic dispute call on March 6.

Two other officers were wounded in the gunfire and are expected to recover.

Serving as a spokesman for the Morton family and the police, Sgt. Bill Lowe of the Missouri State Highway Patrol says 911 calls reporting a domestic disturbance often pose the most danger.

What makes the fatal shooting worse, if that is possible, is that police officers went to the wrong home. The 911 call came from a separate address in nearby Windsor. 

Sgt. Lowe says Morton entered the home and then the suspect, who was killed, opened fire.

Morton's death comes after Officer Gary Michael was killed during a traffic stop last August.

"The fact that this incident happened seven months - actually, to the day of Officer Michael's death – they were just kind of moving past that," Lowe observes. "And now they have to deal with another tragedy."

Morton becomes the 26th officer to die in the line of duty this year in the U.S., the 15th by gunfire.

But that's not going to happen in the liberal-run city of Austin, where Sheriff Sally Hernandez oversees the sheriff's department and also follows a "sanctuary" policy for illegal aliens in Travis County.

ICE arrests 1Randy Sutton of Blue Lives Matter calls it "sickening" that Hernandez would refuse to cooperate with a federal law enforcement agency.

"And simply do her job, which is to recognize detainers on prisoners," he says.

A detainer is a legal request from ICE to local authorities, asking them to hold an illegal immigrant who has been arrested on local criminal charges and whom ICE wants to pick up for likely deportation.

TV news station KXAN reports that Hernandez is refusing to cooperate until a court decides the fate of a Texas law requiring local law enforcement to cooperate with ICE detainers.

Travis County was seeking a $240,000 grant for approximately 200 rifle-resistant vest last year but the application was never submitted, the news story reports. 

Sutton says the Travis County deputies are likely realizing that their boss cares more about a political position than their safety.

"It's unconscionable, he insists.

Meanwhile, a news release on the Travis County Sheriff's Office website is asking for help to locate a murder suspect, and is asking for businesses and homes located near the crime scene to provide surveillance video from the night of the shooting.

The irony of such a request for help, says Sutton, seems to be lost on Sheriff Hernandez.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Which Democrat would pose the biggest challenge to Donald Trump in 2020?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

White House: Trump won't tolerate Iran threats
  NTSB to take custody of duck boat
3 dead in Toronto street shooting
  Lawsuit launched against Muslim police officer in Minneapolis
  NY Daily News slashes newsroom staffing in half

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Branson duck boat operator was warned in 2017 of dangers, inspector says
Jeanine Pirro sets the record straight on confrontation with Whoopi Goldberg, boasts book sales
Report: Extremist Muslim preachers losing clout
Trader Joe's worker uses ladder to help colleagues escape during Los Angeles hostage situation
Accused Russian agent Butina met w/US Treasury, fed officials

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Pro-life groups ask: Why not?

'Choose Life' stamp (illustration only)Several organizations are partnering together in a campaign to try and put a stamp on the pro-life movement.