Skip to comments.Local sheriff defends farmer from FDA intrusion
Posted on 12/09/2011 8:34:45 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Brad Rogers, Sheriff of Elkhart County, Indiana, is withstanding FDA bureaucrats who are harassing citizens in his county. The Complete Patient reports,
The U.S. Justice Department has withdrawn its subpoena of Indiana raw dairy farmer Richard Hochstetler to appear before a federal grand jury.
He was scheduled to testify tomorrow in Detroit, in connection with an outbreak of illnesses linked by public health officials, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to the milk of his Forest Grove Dairy. But yesterday he received a certified letter saying that his subpoena was being withdrawn.
The withdrawal came after Roger’s Sheriff’s Department told the FDA to back off:
He wrote two letters to the Justice Department warning it not to conduct inspections of Hochstetler’s farm without a warrant from a local judge. In the process, he got into a debate over the limits of federal power and the U.S. Constitution with the Justice Department’s Goldstein.
Earlier this month, Rogers emailed Goldstein that there had been “a number of inspections and attempted inspections on (Hochstetler’s) farm…” He warned that “any further attempts to inspect this farm without a warrant signed by a local judge, based on probable cause, will result in Federal inspectors’ removal or arrest for trespassing by my officers or I.”
Finding itself losing battles on local food control lately, the FDA has been itching to make a public example of someone, and it appears Hochstetler is such a target. Yet its allegations of illness fly in the face of the evidence as “extensive testing of Hochstetler’s milk in 2010 had shown no signs of campylobacter.” Nevertheless, “FDA officials had targeted Hochstetler and another farmer, Richard Hebron, of Family Farms Co-op, in meetings in 2009.” It’s clear the FDA is just trying to create a publicity case—a not-uncommon tactic in Federal history.
But now not only its evidence but its tactics are being withstood. A Kentucky Food Freedom blog explains the inspiration behind men like Rogers:
Sheriff Brad Rogers is member of the County Sheriff Project, a project that Richard Mack (one of the five Sheriffs that stood against the Brady Bill) and others began as an effort to educate its members on their oath to uphold the Constitution and stand up for the citizens against federal tyranny.
Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers was well informed on the rights of his citizens and took action to protect them against the overreaching arms of the DOJ, the FDA, and the USDA.
When asked about the legal attacks, the Amish Hochstetler responded in faith: “I never got too excited about it. It is spiritual warfare between good and evil and if we have God on our side, we will win.”
Having God on your side means having His righteous law on your side, and it’s good to have a local sheriff with the knowledge and courage to stand against unnecessary Federal intrusions into their local jurisdictions. If we are to restore freedom in America, it must begin with God, and it must begin locally. For more on restoring local sovereignty, read here.
For those farmers already tied up in the court process, there is the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund ready to help. Check to see how your state views raw milk sales and learn what you can do to further the cause of food freedom.
“Other places like New York and parts of Colorado, the sheriff isnt even an elected official.”
Where do you get your information? You have been misinformed.
I live in NY. Our County Sheriff is an elected official. He is the head of the County Sheriff Department which is our primary law enforcement agency. He is the top law enforcement officer in the county.
His role is most certainly not “largely ceremonial”.
My bad. It’s honestly a typo. I meant to type New York City. If you have doubts about the NYC sheriff, look it up.
And as such, any Federal law enforcement activity in his county had to have his approval.
No one answer can fit all here. In some counties, the Sheriff is busy enough and doesn't need the distraction of worrying about Federal Agencies. Federal Agencies carry out law enforcement activities all the time without notifying a given County Sheriff. BUT, as chief law enforcement officer in the County, a Sheriff is within the law to demand that other law enforcement agencies have a search warrant if something about what they're doing is suspicious.
My belief also, is that if a Governor of a State has evidence of Federal malfeasance, he can withdraw the peace officer status of Federal officers in his State. You can see the problems with this though. If a search warrant is to be served, Deputy Sheriff's will have to serve it, thus dragging the local Sheriff's Department into cases in which they have no real interest.
Democrat Governors might revoke the peace officer status of Federal officers during a Republican administration, and Republican Governors might revoke the peace officer status of Federal officers of a Democrat Administration. Presently both sides generally leave well enough alone.
Incorrect. The sheriff is the highest elected official, chief law enforcement officer in the county in which he resides etc, etc, in those states where the state constitution declares it so. Some do, some don't. It is not uniform from state to state.
Thanks for the ping!
Totally off topic, but if a resident of NYC is a New Yorker, what do you call residents of the state who don’t reside in NYC?
Well ok. One size doesn’t fit all.
You might be interested in this thread.
Totally off topic, but if a resident of NYC is a New Yorker, what do you call residents of the state who dont reside in NYC?
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This is about the FDA interference of Farmers selling fresh products directly to the public...and a local sheriff stood up to them.
For other information on this subject, I just received this email regarding the efforts of sheriffs on behalf of our Constitution:
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Federal law officers have zero power outside of federal territories and federally owned land which is why they always get atleast 1 local officer to accompany them on an arrest...
This sherrif is smart enough to know the law which is why the FDA backed down.
It doesn’t want people learning the law...
It was unfortunate the Rangers didn’t exercise their authority back in 1993 in the Waco-Branch Davidian debacle. Might have saved a lot of lives. Of course, Ann Richards was Governor then.
You are correct, the Sheriff is THE CHIEF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER for his County (or Parish). As such he can tell the FBI to take a hike. He also has the authority to authorize (or veto) possession of Class III firearms by a private citizen w/in his domain. Class III being fully automatic firearms, short barreled shotguns and rifles, suppressors, and sundry "destructive devices". Make a friend in the Sheriff and you too can play with "big boy toys".
There are several legal ways around needing his sign off on your form 4 if he should prove reluctant to sign, however they will cost more then just the $200 excise tax.
MORE SUCH MARXIST/GLOBALIST UNCONSTITUTIONAL HIDEOUSNESS:
Federal Agents Demand Customer Lists From Mormon Food Storage Facility
Where’s that Goldwater title . . .
NONE DARE CALL IT TREASON . . .
Good for the Sheriff. Now they need to leave the legitimate Marijuana farms in California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Nevada and Colorado alone!
“what do you call residents of the state who dont reside in NYC?”
The smart ones.
Encouraging to see Sheriff Mack’s education of Sheriff’s across the country is taking hold.
Sheriff’s are the ultimate law in any county. They CAN, legally, Tell feds to get out...
We can help by getting Mack’s booklet that educates Sheriff’s on the law and the responsibility of local Sheriffs to stop the unlawful intrusion of the fed on it’s citizens.
This is how we restore State’s Right - which is a crucial part of restoring our rights.
Sheriff Mack was ordered by the feds to crack down on guns in his county - he fought them back - all the way to The Supreme Court - and WON,
get his booklet and hand deliver it to YOUR sheriff - that way, they will not be able to say they don’t know the law...
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He’s teaching them!
This harassment of small farmers unfortunately goes unnoticed by most Americans.
But it is the front line in the fight between an all powerful Big Government with its big business allies, versus the little people, regular Americans, who just want to be left alone to live their lives in peace.
It is these small battles that will determine whether we survive as a free people, or a controlled mass obedient to the likes of Barack Obama.