• El Dorado County, Ca. sheriff bans feds from harassing his constituents in national park
By Pat Shannan
In a letter dated June 17, 2013, Eldorado County, California sheriff John D’Agostini notified the United States Forest Service that he was stripping their Law Enforcement and Investigations unit of assumed authority to interfere with state laws in that county. When questioned by news reporters, D’Agostini refused to go into detail, saying only that he was responding to multiple complaints from county citizens.
This puzzling lack of detail confounded the story for several weeks while the sheriff’s office remained silent. The sheriff’s media spokesman, Lieutenant Tim Becker, did not return our several phone calls. Another officer answering the phone finally gave this writer the hidden hint to look at the sheriff’s Mission Statement that appears at their website:
“The mission of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is to uphold the law through the investigation and enforcement of criminal and civil law, to provide leadership and law enforcement support to allied law enforcement agencies, to deliver consistent and humane treatment to those placed in our care and custody, and to perform these responsibilities in a manner that is responsive to the needs of our community and faithful to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California.”
Sheriff D’Agostini is a member of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) and may have been attempting to play down a story that now appears as gun harassment activity by the Feds. El Dorado National Forest is a favorite summer and wintertime playground for both locals and out-of-state tourists, but many have said they will not return. When county citizen Cory Ward came forward to tell of his harassment, the floodgates were opened and more than 50 others followed with reports to the sheriff. All were similar in nature of the firearms interrogation.
Ward frequents El Dorado but feels intimidated by the armed officers who stop anyone whenever they feel like it.
“They want to know what you’re doing here, where are you going and do you have any firearms on board,” he told CBS Sacramento and added that he has compiled a long list of complaints against federal officers there, as he fears his favorite place “is turning into a police state.”
Another unnamed man reported being cuffed and forced to stand in the snow while an officer dumped his luggage, sifted through his clothing and finally confiscated his camping hatchet and threatened to arrest him for “possession of a weapon on federal property.” He never went back to the park.
The legal situation will soon come down to who really has the right to carry guns on federal property within county jurisdiction. The edict became official on July 22, with no new confrontations reported at press time.
Pat Shannan is an AFP contributing editor and the author of several best-selling videos and books.
The USFS is out of control. They don’t own the forest, but they act like they do. I “own” a cabin on USFS land and the USFS is a totalitarian monitoring institution that harasses and intimidates their cabin owners into total compliance with their dictatorial rules. They charge an outrageous amount of money for a yearly “rental agreement”. My yearly fee used to be $800 a year, now it is $1673. The USFS is ripping off the public and their cabin owners. I just asked them to provide me with proof of their ownership of my cabin lot. They don’t own the land they are supposed to manage it. My cabin is in El Dorado County, CA. The CHP is just as bad there as well. California has fallen to the communists like Jerry Brown, the current governor. Brown gives millions to the illegals but gives nothing to repair the Oroville Dam. I think Brown is disappointed that the dam did not fail, at least not this time. California is being groomed to be taken over by the Chinese as payback for the worthless debt that Hitlery sold them as derivatives…If you can, stay out of California and if you see the USFS run the other way, they are federal agents waiting to arrest you for anything they can. I am disgusted with California. Get out while you can…