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March 19, 2009

No Army Police Work, Sheriff Says

Filed under: Homeland Defense — by Philip J. Palin on March 19, 2009

An Alabama sheriff tells CNSnews he requested help from the Army’s Ft. Rucker when his county was dealing with a shooting spree that killed ten.  DOD has launched an investigation to see if  federal forces were deployed in a manner consistent with the Posse Comitatus statute.

“I’m assuming that the problem would be that their thinking is that the military came in and actually did police work – investigating, or whatever – and that’s bull,” said Greg Ward, Sheriff of Geneva County, Alabama. 

According to DOD Joint Doctrine, “Under imminently serious conditions, when time does not permit approval from higher headquarters, any local military commander, or responsible officials of other DOD components may, subject to any supplemental direction by higher headquarters, and in response to a request from civil authorities, provide immediate response to save lives, prevent human suffering, or mitigate great property damage.”  This is analogous to police action consistent with the emergency aid doctrine (Johnson v. United States, [1947] and Wayne v United States [1963]).

Peter Winn of CNSnews is continuing to scoop other media on this emerging story.

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1 Comment »

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 20, 2009 @ 11:03 am

Okay Sheriff Ward so why did you ask for the military and what did they do?

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