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The fringe ideology of “constitutional sheriffs” is attracting believers within Texas law enforcement

Some 50 Texas sheriffs and numerous elected officials have attended trainings on the unsupported notion that sheriffs can single-handedly overrule state and federal law. The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, which offered state peace officers credit for the seminars, is now investigating.

From left: Michigan Sheriff Dar Leaf sits next to Coryell Co. Sheriff Scott Williams during a news conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 12, 2022.
Former Graham Co., Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack, founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, speaks during a news conference in Las Vegas on July 12, 2022.

Violent roots

Sheriffs on the border

The Kinney County Courthouse in Brackettville, on May 9, 2022.
Zapata Co. Sheriff Raymundo Del Bosque holds his hat over his heart during the National Anthem at an event held by the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 12, 2022.

Chasing voting fraud

Coryell Co. Sheriff Scott Williams (second from left) and True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht (fourth from left) on stage during an event held by the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association in Las Vegas on July 12, 2022.

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