When asked to justify the purchase of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) military-style vehicles and to explain when something like that would be used in the United States, and not in a war zone, a sheriff’s deputy’s answer has caused people to plan protests.
Jerry Moffett, a deputy in Spokane County, Wash., said, “We’ve got a lot of Constitutionalists and a lot of people that stockpile weapons, a lot of ammunition. They have weapons here locally.”
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich went on local TV, saying that Moffett’s words were taken out of context. He said that the military-style equipment wouldn’t be used on law-abiding citizens.
“It will never be used to take your guns away,” he added.
Knezovich said that Moffett misspoke when he said “Constitutionalist” and that “extremist” would have been more appropriate.
But he said, what he said, and those words have been fuel for protests: “Obviously it doesn’t serve a useful purpose if it’s considered by his deputies to be for the purpose of rounding up Constitutionalists and law-abiding citizens that may adhere to the Second Amendment,” Scott Maclay, who is organizing the protest, said.
This isn’t the first time law enforcement has called peaceful groups domestic terrorists or extremists for justification of obtaining a MRAP.
BenSwann.com reported last year that the police chief in Concord, N.H. called members of the Free State Project “domestic terrorists” in an application to acquire a MRAP.
The Free State Project is an organization trying to persuade 20,000 or more “liberty loving people … neighborly, productive, tolerant folks from any and all walks of life” to move to New Hampshire. They also believe in the Constitution (Which apparently is a threat to our government now).
InfoWars.com’s Mikael Thalen who first broke the story and told BenSwann.com’s Joshua Cook, “Since the release of this shocking footage, Sheriff Knezovich has continually attempted to divert attention away from his deputy’s comments. Instead of announcing a much needed policy change, Knezovich has chosen to play the victim while absurdly accusing myself, Alex and Infowars of wrongdoing.”
Thalen posted a statement on his facebook:
“Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich stated that his deputy’s comments were “taken out of context” when he said that armored military vehicles were needed because of “constitutionalists.”
Knezovich’s claim seemingly suggests that the deputy’s comments could have been appropriate if the clip had been longer.
In response to the Sheriff’s request, here is the full video, which does absolutely nothing to change what his deputy said.” See full video below.
The situation in Washington and New Hampshire prove these are not isolated events but demonstrate how the feds are radicalizing the police against political groups who believe in the U.S. Constitution, limited government and individual freedom.