Few people know their constitution and its guaranteed protections, especially FROM their government….protections that are eroding at an alarming rate. Worse, sheriffs, being our most important protectors of those constitutional guarantees, are abdicating their role.
Recently, Scott Knudson, current St. Croix County Sheriff, was speaking locally to support his campaign for re-election. He said he supports the constitution, as many do, though, I find few of them even KNOW the constitution, let alone support it. It is a fine claim, but is not the proof in the action? What would the people say that he serves? I have one story to share. You make the call.
I am unsure what Mr. Knudson regards as constitutional, but, I believe the 4th amendment to be essential and quite self-explanatory…. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, … describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
To address this incident directly, Sheriff Knudson, I am the mother of eight, christian, organic farmer, homeschooler, artist, and productive citizen living in Hudson that you failed to protect. You allowed Pierce County deputies to enter St. Croix County for the purposes of hunting me. My ‘crime’? Sheltering my children from an abuser and the authorities, who acted unconstitutionally, and that continue to threaten our peace.
Your deputies arrested me without producing a warrant, entered my home without a warrant, seized my three children without a warrant, turned us over to Pierce County, where I spent 35 days in jail without conviction and my children were taken for four months, without grounds. Constitutional? Hardly – Please reread the fourth amendment above.
Your incident report was pitifully insufficient with only 2 statements….. No sworn testimony, No evidence, No valid judge’s order, and No constitutionally, nor statutorily sufficient warrant. Mr. Knudson, you involved your sheriff’s department with no concern for my, nor my children’s constitutional rights and without investigation. This is against the citizens you promised to serve and protect.
A new judge in the case stated that this should never have happened and the actions taken were wrong….all could have been prevented and stopped at the sheriff’s office that swore to protect…. Too late for us, our protector failed us.
We are home and together again, but, not without my children traumatized, myself wrongly incarcerated, our freedoms violated, and our trust shattered, at least in those public servants who pay lip service to our rights and freedoms guaranteed in our constitution….
DESPITE WHAT MR. KNUDSON SAYS, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER.
“The constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to
restrain the government…” Patrick Henry
’Tis much better to acquit two Persons, tho’ guilty, than to pass Sentence of Condemnation on one that is virtuous and