Saturday, June 9, 2012

Schwartzkopf Slams the Sheriff

Pete Schwartzkopf is quoted in this Huffington Post piece about the Sheriff issue down in Sussex County.  Rep Schwartzkopf even links to the article on his Facebook page.  Here's the money quote:

"He continues to say he's law enforcement, and he's not," said state House Majority Leader Pete Schwartzkopf, a Democrat, who introduced a bill that specifically denies sheriffs the ability to arrest suspects and investigate crimes. "It's not a good position to be in, to have no authority over a person who carries a gun. It's scary."

Pete's right about that last part, but what Pete means is that he wants that authority over the gun carriers instead of the people having that authority.  The folks in Sussex County can vote the Sheriff out of office if they don't care for the manner in which his deputies carry out their duties.  That's called local control and local accountability.  Can they do the same if they're unhappy with the performance of the State Police?  No they can't, and that's the scary part.