NC Sheriff: “Those in the law enforcement profession have complete power and authority over you…”

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"Unlimited power resting directly on force, not limited by anything, not restrained by any laws or any absolute rules. Nothing else but that." Is this what the sheriff had in mind?

“Unlimited power resting directly on force, not limited by anything, not restrained by any laws or any absolute rules. Nothing else but that.” Is this what the sheriff had in mind?

Buried amidst the usual election year pablum from Sheriff Ed Brown of Onslow County, North Carolina, was this absolutely horrifying declaration:

“Those in the law enforcement profession have complete power and authority over you, your life, you family, your loved ones, your rights, your freedom, your future, and everything precious to life.”

Yes he actually said this. Click here and scroll down to the second red bar.

Oh, I wish I could have responded to this as succinctly as Robert Lenn of Jacksonville, North Carolina, did in this letter to the editor.

“I read Sheriff Ed Brown’s full-page ad in the paper Feb. 2 edition of The Daily News. All freedom-loving Americans should be scared of what it says.

“In the ad, Brown states, “Those in the law enforcement profession have complete power and authority over you, your life, your family, your loved ones, your rights, your freedom, your future and everything precious to life.”

“Ed Brown must want us to live in a total-domination police state.

“It is our Constitution and Bill of Rights that guarantee our freedoms. Any politician who believes in Ed Brown’s statement is not worthy of any public office.

“I totally reject Ed Brown’s claim that law enforcement has complete power and authority over me. As an American, I trust in the guarantees of our Constitution and believe in our democratic way of life; and I will fight against those who would want to impose their tyranny over us.”



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62 Responses to NC Sheriff: “Those in the law enforcement profession have complete power and authority over you…”

  1. Moxie Taxi says:

    Are you surprised? You didn’t already know this sad fact? Sheriff Ed Brown speaks the truth! It is an illegitimate authority they hold over the people, but it is absolute authority, nonetheless. Don’t look to the Bill of Rights for protection from this tyranny either. The Bill of Rights is only ink on paper and it has been proven to hold no protective powers whatsoever.

  2. Nick says:

    Unfortunately, the Bill of Rights guarantees nothing, especially today when Americans refuse to abide by the “rule of law”, or at least learn from history.
    There is only one recognized authority to “execute the laws of the Union”, and we refuse to do our duty in that measure of guarantee; Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15. It is indeed the only guarantee “necessary to the security of a free state”.
    We’ve become so cowed, and so politically correct that we dare not even use the tools that we lawfully constructed to maintain freedom, and liberty.

  3. Booo RAaaaaa says:

    What brown does not realize is there is about 15 patriots for every hired gun he has. I would laso point out that when the hired guns are out serving brown. There is no one guarding the fort or their residents. Think about that hired thugs! Your family is valuable to ,… We the people will not stand and watch hired thugs take our country without a fight. That is why they are labelling us domestic terrorist.

    • tiredoftyranny says:

      They must not remember the law that was passed that gives us the right to shoot and kill them if they unlawfully enter my home. Let em try i promise you you will leave out feet first.

  4. Dan says:

    Everyone is raising hell over what the jerk owner of the Clippers said.. People should be having a recall. In fact the the states attorney general should be conducting and investigation..

  5. Arizona says:

    YOU GUYS KNOW,when any nation,decides they have the POWER to take anyone off the street and kill them,LIKE THEIR DOING in cities across america now,IF the people don’t stand up and put a stop to it, OUR FATHER WILL,not our dear LORD,BUT THE FATHER,look at history,WHEN the FATHER has to get involved,A LOT OF BLOOD FLOWS,…MOST christians don’t get it,IF the FATHER has to bring the people back under control,BECAUSE OF WHAT their doing,HE WILL KILL ALMOST EVERYONE,LAST year,the FATHER TOLD me, the american people were the worlds TERRORISTS,and HE would pour out a BUCKET of blood on america if they didn’t stop,WELL the watchmen have been warning this would happen,LOOKS like the sheriffs of america want to help start it,THEY ARE WAY TO STUPID,to understand ,THAT “OATH” THEY TOOK,will cause them to go straight to hell,if they VIOLATE IT,you don’t take an OATH,and LIE to the FATHER and get away with it…..SATAN has a good grip on them..THESE POLICE GANGS,are such low IQ,they don’t understand what they’ve done……………..

  6. Arizona says:

    YOU MODERATORS,be careful what you delete,THE FATHER SAID,the moderators are DELETING my servants warnings,SO I WILL DELETE THEM,..I told you that, so when your standing in front of him and he asks you about it,YOU HAVE TO ADMIT ,yes you had been warned……….

  7. john says:

    Such a brave man sherriff ed brown is.

  8. patkellum says:

    The county this sheriff is in a military town. One of the largest Marine bases in the country.

  9. Dan says:

    That Sheriff is in total violation of his oath and is a traitor to the Consitution, America and all those that foght and died for Freedom and Liberty past to present. He is a tyrant and should be kicked out and never allowed to be in law enforcement ever again.
    That also goes to anyone in law enforcement that thinks the same way and be warned, you can push the American people only so far. Then We will push back and it won’t be pretty.

    • Todd Lau says:

      Dan, You are completely correct..
      That sheriff is a traitor and in violation of his oath.
      The Constitution is the Law of the Land, and the Bill of Rights are only some of our rights, we have alot more than what are listed in the Bill of Rights.
      And in some parts of the country those documents are still respected.

      I should know, I live by the Constitution and exercise my rights as listed in the Bill of Rights as much and as often as possible.
      When my rights have been challenged by law enforcement, I have stood my ground,
      educated the officer/s to the fact I am exercising my rights, and that I will not back down.
      I have made them back down, and I have never been unreasonably harassed or arrested.

      And when they back down, leave me alone, and go on their way.
      The feeling of freedom I have at that moment is such a rush, it is wonderful.
      To stand free, as our Founding Fathers intended, and be left alone. WOW!

      GOD bless America, and we the people too. Amen.

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  11. Steve Martin says:

    One thing that stands out in the reply above that concerns me equally is their content with our democracy. We are not supposed to be a democracy but a republic! Huge fundamental difference between the two and too many people are ignorant to these facts.

    • Sean says:

      We are neither a republic nor a democracy in entirety, rather a mixture of both. The “we’re a republic” people and the “we’re a democracy” people are usually off base on this.

      Organizationally as a nation we are a republic, represented by officials elected democratically.

      Maybe that is what you meant and if so please do not take my response harshly.

  12. Joe from cocomo says:

    It’s about to get ugly in the USA, real ugly !

  13. Rumplestiltskin says:

    That man is seriously deranged, bordering on psychopathy and delusions of grandeur. These are developments are part and parcel to his Paranoid Schizophrenia. When any man who carries a gun on their hip and has the legal ability to use it on whomever he wants, says things like that above, he needs to be put in a straight jacket and locked up in a rubber room.

    Also, that is the least of what should be done to him, and if you North Carolinian’s don’t recognize the danger in a man like that, you’ll deserve exactly what you get.

  14. D.Bagwell says:

    Reblogged this on Grandchildren of Liberty and commented:
    OK, if this dose not make you mad… you are not paying attention.

  15. says:

    Ha, you Sir are an idiot Sherrif, u have zero control of our lives unless we did something wrong, screw you buddy, and yes, that’s my legal right to say and call u a punk!!!! Try that in Tn, haha

  16. Duke Scronce says:

    Did you see the expose last night about how the PoPo can come on your property, often the wrong address and murder your dog for no reason and suffer no punishment?? It has happened repeatedly, next it will be you

    • reginald fart-watters the toid says:

      i wouldnt worry too much about ol rover …i’d worry about my children and my self.

  17. RIDGERUNNER29 says:

    Captain John Parker of the Massachusetts Militia,uttered this command.”Don’t fire unless fired upon.If they want a war,let it begin here”.At Lexington as the British Army marched to destroy the Colonists supply of bullets ,rifles and black powder.It is coming to that folks,sadly,I might add.

  18. The United States is in fact a Constitutional Republic. Those that claim it is a democracy or a mix of both a democracy and republic are incorrect. As far as law enforcement claims to having absolute power over citizens. Maybe everyone should stop paying taxes (their salaries). If an entire state did that then police would be forced to work for free. I do not know anyone that would be willing to do that. Especially over egotistical law enforcement officers. Once they remember who they work for and who pays them. I think they will change their tune. Also I recommend people of that county refrain from voting for such an asshole for sheriff. When he has no office or podium to crow from. Can’t get another position in law enforcement. The he will have nobody to blame but himself. Some people just cannot handle a badge. Sheriff Ed Brown, you can kiss our collective asses!

    • James you are correct for the Democrats are now trying to Change the words of the Constitution To the Democrat Republic of the USA. Those whom are a Democrat do not realize what Democrat stands for, Democrat named got changed in 1913 to the Democrat name from the Socialist Party name. Some people need to look up Democrat Socialist Party before you ever vote for them, It means they are socialist and always have been. Just they had changed their name to Democrat in order to fool WE THE PEOPLE for no one had ever voted for them being called the Socialist Party not until the name change. So Democrats keep fooling the people and people keep believing in voting for Socialism for that is what you all wanted. When you vote for a Democrat that means you vote to keep us all enslaved by our Nation and it is sad that you all vote for Democrats to want that Socialism here for in the end they will take out our Constitution. This is something we must not do nor allow to happen to our Country. Fight Dang it America!!!!! Fight For Our Freedom and Fight For our Rights Under The CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!

      • Both parties are equally tyrannical and socialist. GWBush outspent Klinton by $1 trillion per year and added $5 trillion to the debt. For 5 of his 8 years he had a Republican house and senate majority. And every dime Maobama has spent since 1/3/11 has had the blessing of a Republican house.

      • And rank-and-file Republicans traditionally LOVE police states …. when their guys are in charge.

  19. jo blow says:

    oh well I could care less…if it wasnt for all the crimes being committed this wouldn’t be as bad as it is…you can blame that on all the gangsters and bad people

  20. Reblogged this on disturbeddeputy and commented:
    Follow the link to read the PDF. If this sheriff really is the true believer he says he is, he seriously mis-spoke and needs to rethink what he said and how it sounds. If he meant it like it sounds, he is a Marxist bastard that should be voted out of office immediately. By recall if necessary.

    • victoryintruth says:

      That which was quoted seems to be at odds with the rest of the poster………almost like “not” was omitted from that particular sentence……..pretty strange.

  21. surggj says:

    I live in NC and not in that county . I just moved back after being away 37 years. I have traveled and lived in other countries. America is quickly becoming a Communist country……I hate this for all Americans because I am one………for now……I came back because it was a FREE country……waited for the anti-christ to leave……..of course he isn’t going to……..that is why no one will touch him…….They are all afraid…….THEY SHOULD BE………GOD ALWAYS WINS AND HE WILL IN THE END……..BRING IT ON!!!!!!!!

  22. Rick Stanley says:

    Yes, the Police State of Amerika is an ugly place these days. I have experienced it personally as well. Google “Rick Stanley Activist” for the whole story. I have to say that I don’t comply very well. That is why they decided to wrongfully imprison me. Been out for 2 and 1/2 years, after 4 years and 2 months in their gulags, without any reason to talk with government these days. I CERTAINLY will never file any pleadings ever again in their courts. Been there done that road, and I won’t do it again. First Amendment rights GONE. Second Amendment rights GONE. The rest as well. They still contact me. I do not respond. That usually means more swat teams on my doorstep in the coming future. I will not comply.

  23. Steve Buckley says:

    Sheriff is an elected office, the people of that county can easily get rid of this treasonous excuse for an American! He is in violation of his oath of office to uphold the Constitution! that makes him a traitor! As someone else here said, the dumbass better think again! There are 80,000,000 gun owners in the country, and if only 20% of them resist the illegal ‘authority’ this guy thinks he has, that’s 16 million armed Americans he will be facing off against, and that isn’t including the military who would be loyal to the Constitution!

  24. Mike says:

    The Day is coming that the people wil not lye down with this BS and start blowing there power hungry ass away. III percenter

  25. Alex says:

    Reblogged this on Prepper Politics and commented:

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  27. jim says:

    Sadly my friends it is too late; the weapons, the machinery and detention centers are already in place. All that is left is for ‘probable cause’ to be established. Many of my friends and even family members have had dreams revealing these things.But fear not because the LORD JESUS CHRIST is coming and our redemption draweth nigh.

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  29. vomitO says:

    Here’s a report of Ed Brown accusing his Opponent of making Bomb Threats

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  31. Bill Hurley says:

    This man must be a total nut job. I am a retired Det. Sergeant from a large Police Department and I also spent 22 years on the Dept. SWAT team. If anyone on the team or the Dept had that type of idea about our so called power they would no longer be in Law Enforcement. This idiot should be fired he sure don’t know what he is messing with when you talk about the Marine Bases there in N.C. Did I mention that I was also a former Marine.

  32. TinyToon says:

    Yes the sheriff is correct. I wish he were not correct, but alas he is correct! If you are being harassed in the internet or bullied by someone, nothing will be done about it. No one cares. But if you are somehow connected to the police or affiliated with the gov’t then all he’ll breaks out and every cop and prosecutor is rallying to lock up the person doing the harassing. But regular citizens are left to fend for themselves. Try calling or emailing an internet company and tell them that you are being harassed on one of their websites by some cyber stalker. Do you know what they will tell you? That’s right! The internet companies have been well groomed by the government to simply tell you that they will not help you unless you are a member of law enforcement! Or go get a judges order! Hmmmmmm. So if I am a cop then these internet companies will help me? Why will these internet companies not help a regular citizen but they will help a member of law enforcement? Ask yourself, Why? Because the government money imbedded in the pockets of the people in these these companies.

  33. SirGregor says:

    It’s too bad that people are taking this out of context and spreading it around the internet, causing hate and anger against this man, and most likely bringing threats to him and his family. It is blatantly obvious by simply reading his ad that he was stating that the power that law enforcement has over us is a bad thing and that allowing it to be controlled by those who do not value our Constitution is dangerous.

    Did anyone, including the author of this article, bother to read anything but the single line in question?

    • Jeff says:

      Agreed, the context of his statement is completely changed when you don’t cherry pick the quote, and instead read his entire statement:

      ““The vast majority of our Duties and Functions are performed with only your conscience Watching and Directing us. Thus the Core Values of a person in the Law Enforcement Profession is Everything.

      Those in the Law Enforcement Profession have complete Power and Authority over You, Your Life, Your Family, Your Loved Ones, Your Rights, Your Freedom,Your future, and Everything Precious to Life.

      From the very word of a Law Enforcement Office, all those Precious Things of Life hang. That is why it does matter what the Core Values are for those in the Law Enforcement Profession”

      Shoddy “journalism” to cherry pick a single sentence, out of context. You must be lining up for a job at MSNBC or CNN.

  34. Axle Flock says:

    That was taken way out of context. I live here so let me help a little. Ed Brown is the Sheriff in Onslow county and he said that in a promotional flyer. The whole context is that police officers CAN have all that authority over you if they are assholes. That is why he is saying that his Department does not have any of that going on because all HIS officers are moral and well behaved. That was the context of the flyer.

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  36. Jerry says:

    Just in case you folks are not aware, he can say anything he wants, fact of the matter is our nation is governed by laws and law enforcement has their limited rights. That’s why we have so many laws like search warrants required, constitutional laws regarding freedoms, rights regarding whatever. If it violates the constitution, the government is in violation of our laws. Fact is most law enforcement officers share conservative points of view. The other thing to remember is, there is a lot of misinformation out there. Some things are stretched beyond the truth. That just happened at the Bundy Ranch show down. Don’t believe everything you hear. Most police officers side with us. I was one in a big city myself.

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