AFP AUDIO INTERVIEW
Now, Dave Gahary had a chance to sit down with the outspoken sheriff, a breath of fresh air in these stifling, politically-correct times.
Sheriff Lewis discusses his background, the riots in his state in which he was present for at the governor’s request, President Barack Hussein Obama’s war on this country’s history, culture and traditions, as well as his pro-criminal and anti-law enforcement position, his decision to run for higher office, as well as other topics, in this refreshing interview (28:39).
Tough Talking Sheriff Provides Uncensored, Inside View of Baltimore Riots
By Dave Gahary
In these freedom-stifling, politically-correct times, it’s hard to find a public figure willing to call a spade a spade, but one need look no further than the “Old Line State” for a breath of fresh air, where longtime subscriber and supporter Barton Van Ness told this writer he could find such a brave soul.
Wicomico County, Maryland Sheriff Michael A. Lewis, who grabbed the national stage recently with his no-nonsense, politically-incorrect comments on the Baltimore riots, sat down with AMERICAN FREE PRESS to discuss the riots in his state in which he was present for at the governor’s request, President Barack Hussein Obama’s war on this country’s history, culture and traditions, as well as his pro-criminal and anti-law enforcement position, his decision to run for higher office, as well as other topics, in a 35-minute interview on July, 22.
A highly-decorated and innovative Maryland state trooper for 22 years, Mike Lewis retired in 2006 and was elected sheriff in November of that year, of Wicomico County, on the Eastern shore of Maryland located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, where he was born and raised.
“I’m proud to say that I’m serving my third term as sheriff here in Wicomico County,” Lewis told AFP.
AFP asked the sheriff his opinion of a story covered by this newspaper back in December, 2013, when a Florida resident who was driving through the Fort McHenry tunnel got stopped, harassed and charged carrying a loaded gun.
“I am a staunch defender of our Second Amendment right to bear arms and I’ve been very vocal about that, and I don’t like to see that encroached or infringed upon in any way,” said Lewis.
Lewis has struck a chord with a lot of Americans ever since he was interviewed by Fox News during the Baltimore riots, where for six days he displayed his honest, no-nonsense, politically incorrect personality, and has received hundreds of media requests since late April, 2015.
AFP asked Lewis what he thought of former Maryland governor and U.S. presidential candidate Martin O’Malley’s apology for stating that “all lives matter,” and not just black lives.
“Of course all lives matter,” railed Lewis. “Why would you apologize for that? Why did he apologize? Because he quickly found that it wasn’t politically correct and it offended some of the blacks.”
“That’s what makes me sick to my stomach,” Lewis continued. “Political correctness has destroyed this country, and as long as I have a platform, and I’ve been given a platform by the American people, I will no longer be silenced, I will speak up for those whose voices are silenced in this country.”
“I’m sorry,” continued Lewis. “I am who I am, but I will not recognize, like many people do, like Martin O’Malley, that political correctness is what we need to be very much in tuned to everyday. I’m sick of it, I’m tired of it. You and I both know it’s destroyed our country. We need to take this country back and move it in the opposite direction in which we’re moving right now under Obama.”
Why do you think Obama shows up at the funerals of criminals across the country but not law-abiding police officers and citizens?
“It’s absolutely despicable,” he said. “It is absolutely unconscionable to me, to think that not only would Obama show up, but his representatives routinely show up at funerals for these thugs that have challenged police officers.”
“Michael Brown down in Ferguson is a prime example,” he said. “Michael Brown wrote his own death ticket. He challenged that police officer, he rushed him, he attempted to disarm him, and he got precisely what he deserved. Michael Brown executed himself.”
AFP asked Lewis about the Baltimore riots.
“Had the Baltimore City Police Department [BPD] been allowed to do their jobs and allowed to do what they wanted to do, it would have been a battle,” he said. “But this particular battle was one-sided, and it was the thugs, the absolute thugs who were assaulting, feloniously assaulting, the BPD with large cinder blocks, bricks, bottles, and Molotov cocktails, who were told not only to stand-down, but many times to evacuate the city while the looting and destruction was going on.”
Although “61 businesses were burned and over 350 severely damaged,” said the sheriff, “no one is saying anything about the around 170 police officers, who were injured, many of them seriously injured, and many of those injuries were career-ending injuries.”
Sheriff Lewis explained the insanity that prevailed during the riots.
“In many cases these police officers had made arrests of individuals for assault on them, only to have someone of a higher authority within the BPD, who were getting their orders directly from the mayor, come by and say, ‘un-handcuff him, un-arrest him, let him go.’”
“I was up there with a BPD radio tethered to my body armor in armored gear because I was ready to do battle with those bastards,” said Lewis. “I was ready to show them, the BPD might get their orders from the mayor, but I do not. My orders came from the governor.”
AFP asked if it was mostly blacks who were rioting.
“The looting and rioting was almost 100% black, but it was the black people in that city that walked up to me repeatedly and shook my hand and thanked me for being there,” he said.
Lewis explained a fact of the riots not given much publicity.
“The first nights up there were the worst nights as you can imagine,” he said, “and that was primarily blacks up there, living in the city. However, the days that followed, more white people were coming in by carloads to demonstrate and protest, most of which had gauges in their ears (a form of body piercing where the ear’s skin is stretched) and covered in tattoos.”
The whites, explained Lewis, were the aggressors.
“Their hands were constantly waving in the air with their middle fingers up in my face, inches from my face,” said Lewis. “While videotaping with their cell phone in one hand, they were giving the middle finger in the other hand. And that was mostly the whites, absolutely the whites.”
While guarding BPD headquarters and city hall, Lewis explained the reactions of the Baltimore cops who were not allowed to do their jobs.
“Not one car, out of the hundreds of cops that came in and out, came through without stopping to thank us for being there,” he explained. “They were worn down, beaten down, extremely apologetic, dumbfounded, stunned and emotional, at having been thrown into the trenches with these wolves and given no means in which to protect themselves. I heard many comments, ‘I’m outta this f-ing city,’ ‘I’m done here,’ ‘I’m resigning,’ ‘I’m going to work somewhere else.’”
AFP inquired if he would consider running for higher office.
“I have never considered running for higher office,” he said. “I love being a police officer, I love being the sheriff of my county, I love to do the job that my American people have elected me to do. However, as every day passes and I see what’s unfolding in this country, yes I will consider higher office. We’re tired of being silenced by the majority in Washington D.C. We need to know there are other people out there, like-minded people, who feel that this country’s headed in the wrong direction. So would I consider it? You bet I’m gonna consider it, more today than ever before.”
Dave Gahary, a former submariner in the U.S. Navy, is the host of AFP’s ‘Underground Interview’ series.