You may recall our recent post AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Militia: We Will Shoot You. By Accident. One of our prime sources for border info pondered the implications of Sheriff Joe’s threat, made after one of Apaio’s men encountered a militia member who [allegedly] pointed a gun at the law enforcement officer. Here’s his take on the incident.
1. First and foremost: the underlying situation is entirely due to the failures of the federal govt. to secure the borders. Sharing the guilt are America’s dopers. Who finance the cartels and the thousands of murders.
2. Despite his claim of being a “Minuteman”, he seems to be unknown to any of the “regulars.” Their very strict SOP / ROE [Standard Operational Procedure / Rules of Engagement]: observe and report. Firearms are carried solely for self defense . . .
3. This incident once again points out the need for protocols / procedures between law enforcement and citizens during encounters. A related issue, here in the SW, law enforcement and the drug gangs often get the wrong address.
4. Law enforcement routinely shoots anyone who points a firearm at them.
5. Yes, it was a bad idea. The cartels and associates have warned that citizens and off duty law enforcement interfering with shipments can be held accountable. That can also apply to citizens who report activities. However, the growing frustration of citizens is understandable.
6. In this particular incident, given the increasing infiltration of law enforcement by cartels, how can citizens be sure those they meet with a badge and uniform are not on both payrolls? Even Sheriff Joe’s office has been successfully compromised.
7. Remember also, that cartel associates often use acquired law enforcement uniforms, badges and cloned vehicles in their activities. When able, actual law enforcement personnel and vehicles
8. Given the current federal government, anyone who might interfere with, or even harm a drug or human trafficker, may very likely at the least, face federal civil rights charges.
9. To many of us lowly locals, it is beginning to look like “public” lands in southern AZ are increasingly reserved for cartel and government personnel only.