Monday, March 13, 2017

Bill Introduced to Disband Forest Service and BLM Law Enforcement

After years of complaints about Forest Service and BLM law enforcement abusing their power and authority, Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah has introduced a bill to remove law enforcement authority from the two agencies.

The Forest Service and BLM have had their law enforcement privileges taken away by local sheriff departments before after sheriff's offices reportedly received more than 50 phone calls in a single week complaining about overbearing and abusive officers within those two agencies,  such as in Eldorado County, California.

CBS News:

"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.
“I take the service that we provide to the citizens of El Dorado County and the visitors to El Dorado County very seriously, and the style and manner of service we provide,” D’Agostini said. “The U.S. Forest Service, after many attempts and given many opportunities, has failed to meet that standard.”

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