Recall of sheriff isn’t about defunding police

Regarding Sheriff Adam Fortney’s claim regarding a recall effort (“Fortney: Group pushing to defund police is behind recall,” The Herald, Sept. 12): I am a white, male, middle-class retiree with a mortgage and two kids who were raised here in Everett. I have been involved in community projects, coached and umpired Little League. I love my city and my country. I proudly fly the American flag in front of my home and have a “We Support Our Police” sign in my yard. In my work, I have regularly dealt with both city and county police in the field and have been impressed with the men and women who serve to protect us. I believe that our police are the backbone of a civilized society.

Our police, and particularly law enforcement leaders such as yourself, are required to act within the law. Just like the rest of us. Sure, I might jaywalk in my residential neighborhood and a cop may let me off with a warning, neither of us strictly obeying the law.

But for you to declare your governor’s orders “unconstitutional” and that you and your deputies will not uphold the law scares me. This isn’t jaywalking. This is my 93-year-old mother’s life. This is my friend’s 10-year-old son, who has asthma. This is enforcing public safety. Your primary directive as our sheriff is to do just that: Protect the public’s safety.

What legal mandate will you defy next? If you choose not to enforce our laws, even those with which you disagree, then you do not deserve — and should be removed from — your post.

I am not a protester. I am not a “defund the police” advocate. But I will sign the petition to remove you.

David Lambert


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