By Vincent Finelli at USAPrepares :
Police Chief Shane Harger of the Jemez Springs, NM Police Department was placed on administrative leave and ordered to disband his police department today.
Harger returned from the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Convention on Monday, January 27, 2014 with a sense of knowing that, he as well as 38 other peace officers, shared the commitment to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America from enemies both foreign and domestic. He and the other 38 men and women signed the Resolution of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (see below).
The following morning, Harger was informed by Sheriff Douglas C. Wood of Sandoval County, New Mexico, that Harger was to dismantle the Jemez Springs Police Department.
Jemez Springs, NM is a tourist destination in the Santa Fe/Albuquerque area. With a population of 252, the police department enjoys ten part-time officers and volunteers with many working about 8 hours per month.
The story unfolds: Traveling by commercial airlines from Albuquerque, NM to Las Vegas, NV, Harger was asked by TSA to show his credentials. Minutes later a man flashed a badge claiming to be a federal agent (agency unknown) also demanding to see Harger’s credentials.
Harger was told that he was a person of interest, and the federal agent wanted to know where he was going and why. Bear in mind, no one is required to provide this information under these circumstances.
Harger said that the federal agent told him that the he, the federal agent, was paid to be suspicious of everyone.
Harger informed the federal agent that he was traveling to attend the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Convention in Las Vegas.
Harger was detained for thirty-five minutes – his detention was video recorded but not made available to Harger. Harger was eventually released from detention and was allowed to board the airplane. No charges were filed against Harger.
I met Chief Harger at the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Convention and was interested in the events of his travel. He agreed to be on the air with me on www.USAPrepares.com to tell the story of his detention as a person of interest who was attending a Constitutional Sheriffs convention. But before going live on global radio, Harger was fired as well as the rest of the police department.
Despite having received a meritorious commendation from the Mayor of Jemez Springs on January 22, 2014, it seems that no one in the village government is willing to come to the assistance of Harger. It appears that Harger’s stance to defend and uphold the Constitution has put him and his entire department of ten part-time and volunteers out of business.
Harger has received no reprimands, no correspondence of wrong doing, and nothing indicating that any of his actions were not in accordance with the law.
Harger stated to me that his department was ordered by Sandoval County, NM, Sheriff Douglas C. Wood to disband because of Harger’s political affiliations, specifically the CSPOA headed by founder Sheriff Richard Mack. I called the Sheriff’s Office to discuss this with Sheriff Wood, but was directed to his secretary’s voice mail. Here is the public number that I called – 505-867-7526.
I was at the convention and I never saw nor heard anyone say nor do anything that was a violation of any law. The CSPOA convention was an assembly of peace-loving Americans who just wanted to uphold their oath of office, that being to support and defend the US Constitution and Bill of Rights for all of us, We The People.
Another instance of intimidation by a federal agency visited upon a member of one of those ‘radical’ groups who want to uphold the Constitution.
Much like Oathkeepers, et al, the CSPOA is a group of peace officers who, in their words, ‘pledge their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor for a cause they believe in: The Holy Cause of Liberty. The same pledge that guided our Founding Fathers as they wrote The Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.’
It’s ironic that Harger, a police chief, who along with other sheriffs and officers just signed a resolution, was kicked to the curb by another sheriff. Was Sheriff Wood’s decision of his own making or was it on instructions from the feds? We’ll never know, but either way, it’s a stab in the back to Harger.
Click here to read the CSPOA’s Resolution.
Link to Vincent Finelli’s radio broadcast of January 29, 2014 describing the event: http://archives2014.gcnlive.com/Archives2014/jan14/USAPrepares/0129141.mp3
Link to Sam Bushman’s radio broadcast of January 29, 2014 describing the event: lnrlive.com/lrt/lrt20140129b.mp3