Fighting Back

The Anti Police State police

by Garry Reed, Libertarian News Examiner

Libertarians concerned with America’s growing police state should know there is a small but growing resistance within law enforcement itself.

BillMastersEven after the Colorado State University Student Senate resoundingly endorsed their longstanding right of concealed carry the board of governors voted to ban all guns from the campus.

But Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden had already told students in an email that his office would “not hold or detain a valid permit holder who violates that policy, nor would his department have anything to do with enforcing that policy.”

A legal battle over the anti self-defense decision is currently ongoing.

During a protest and counter protest between a Christian group and a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) group on the Kutztown University campus last summer campus police Corporal Steven Armbruster was ordered by his chief to “push” members of the Christian group off of the campus. When Armbruster refused the order on the grounds that it would violate their Constitutional rights he was immediately relieved of his duties and told to leave the scene.

Armbruster was suspended for five days, had a disciplinary letter placed in his personnel file, lost $600 in wages and claims in a lawsuit against the university that he has been passed over for “training and promotional opportunities.”

The Christian-based Alliance Defense Fund is defending him in the ongoing suit while Oath Keepers named Armbruster theirOath Keeper of the year at their October conference.

Oath Keepers is a relatively new “non-partisan association of currently serving military, veterans, peace officers, and firefighters” who promise to disobey unconstitutional orders.

Preceding Oath Keepers into the anti Police State fray was Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), founded in 2002 by members of law enforcement who oppose the Drug War and demand on their website, “Repeal Prohibition Now!”

Bill Masters, a speaker for LEAP, has served as sheriff of San Miguel County (Telluride), Colorado, since 1979, where he became the nation’s first Libertarian sheriff. In his book, Drug War Addiction, he tells how he was so good at fighting the war on drugs he earned a DEA award until “He discovered the drug war is itself an addiction.”

Read the rest at this link. (Mili Note: Ignore the bit about Sheriff Mack. There are still some delusional idiots who believe that guy is something other than a sheister.)