North California sheriffs have been on the cutting edge of asserting their jurisdiction against federal agencies. The idea is spreading. Now, El Dorado County has taken action as well. CBS 13 (Sacramento) reports,
Sheriff John D’Agostini is taking the unusual step of pulling the police powers from the federal agency because he says he has received “numerous, numerous complaints.”
In a letter obtained by CBS13, the sheriff informs the federal agency that its officers will no longer be able to enforce California state law anywhere in his county. . . .
The sheriff won’t give specifics, but he says he’s concerned about the number of complaints his department’s received against the federal officers.
This is just the type of resumption of local responsibilities I have urged in the County Rights project. Moves like this, even over limited areas of responsibility, are one step further in the advance of decentralization, and for that reason should be lauded.
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