Criticism of Sheriff Fortney shows ignorance

In the United States, the Oath of Office requirement of a sheriff is “that he will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and laws of the state wherein he is elected, and will faithfully discharge all the duties of the office of sheriff to the best of his ability.”

The first Amendment in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution provides several rights protections: to express ideas through speech and the press, to assemble or gather with a group to protest. For all of you that are unaware, the Federal laws overrides all states laws. So all states that have lockdown laws have violated the right to assemble. Anyone arrested or given a summons have had their right to assemble violated. So enough bad-mouthing Sheriff Fortney for his upholding his oath of office. Everyone bad-mouthing the sheriff has a right to do it, but it certainly shows their ignorance and lack of understanding that the Constitution supersedes all state laws.

Phillip Beardsley

Lake Stevens

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