Sheriff Scott London of Eddy County, New Mexico has taken a stand for the Rule of Law in his county. His stand, however, has not been well received by agents of the Federal Government, notably Federal Marshals and the IRS.
Ten days prior to Christmas, U.S. Marshals broke in the front door of Kent Carter’s rental home, and with guns drawn they confronted an occupant, Kent’s young wife with her new baby. Sheriff Scott London was called to the property to intervene. Sheriff London advised the Marshals that Mr. Carter’s tax case was in appeal and he deserved due process. The IRS authorized the United States Marshal Service to arrest/evict anyone found on the premises. The Marshal Entry Team then threatened to arrest the Sheriff! Sheriff London stood his ground. Not only did Sheriff London stand his ground, he physical stood in front of Kent Carter’s front gate until the Marshals backed down and vacated the area leaving the young mother and child inside the rental. A public auction on the front steps of the Eddy County Courthouse is now scheduled for February 19th.
Former Graham County, Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack, Founder and President of Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) has been in close communication with Eddy County, New Mexico Sheriff London throughout this incident. Initially it was thought the members of Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association across the Southwest would respond to stand with Sheriff London, and members of Oath Keepers would do likewise. Additionally several elected officials from western states also were monitoring the fluid situation in Eddy County, New Mexico, as they were actively contemplating responding to support Sheriff London. Through a series of quick phone conversations today, Sheriff London and Sheriff Mack have asked all citizens from outside Eddy County, New Mexico to not arrive by February 19th at the Courthouse in Eddy County. Likewise…Sheriff London acknowledges the great, and growing, support from around the country, and is very aware that a small but significant number of Sheriffs representing CSPOA had planned on traveling to stand with him. At this time the request is for all to stand down and wait. The auction by the IRS is still scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 19th at the Eddy County Courthouse.
This event unfolding in Eddy County, New Mexico will not be similar to Bundy Ranch in Nevada. The reason is simply because there is a Sheriff actively involved protecting a citizen of his county against the strong-arm of the Federal Government exactly as prescribed in the U.S. Constitution, and as intended by our Forefathers. This event will not be like Bundy Ranch because the Eddy County Sheriff is upholding the Rule of Law, and not merely playing politics or grandstanding as was the case in Nevada. Sheriff London and his department of deputies underwent a significant training in U.S. Constitutional Law and Authority, and how to apply and stand on the Rule of Law as they carry-out their duties as law enforcement professionals. KrisAnne Hall, a noted Constitutional Specialist and former States Attorney in Florida sent the Eddy County Deputies back to school, as she taught and confronted them with the truths and applications of the Rule of Law as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution. KrisAnne accomplished the same here in Arizona at the State Capitol in early January. Sheriff London is fully aware of his rights and authority as a Sheriff. His actions thus far prove the point.
Please do not travel to Eddy County, New Mexico at this time. Sheriff London would greatly appreciate your support by not arriving, but continuing to watch this incident unfold. Pray for the Sheriff and his deputies, and wait.
Lyle J. Rapacki, Ph.D.
LYLE J. RAPACKI, Ph.D.
Protective Intelligence and Assessment Specialist
Consultant at Behavioral Analysis and Threat Assessment
Private-Sector Intelligence Analyst
U.S. Border Intelligence Group
Member – Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association – CSPOA
Charter Member – Oath Keepers
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