State of Fla. vs. Sheriff Finch
Is it really about the Second Amendment?
Suspended Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch is gaining media attention across the state, maintaining he was right to release a man brought to the jail this spring.
As previously reported, the man was arrested following a routine traffic stop. During the stop, the deputy spotted a firearm on the seat next to the man and asked him to step out of the vehicle. He then noticed a bulge in the man’s pocket and discovered he had a gun jammed inside. However, the man didn’t have a concealed weapons permit.
Controversy arose after Sheriff Finch let the man go. His arrest file was being prepared by Sgt. Lisa Smith at the Liberty County Jail where the man was being detained in a holding cell. Finch says he told her via phone not to book him.
Sgt. Smith says Finch took the arrest file with him upon releasing the man and she hasn’t seen it since, resulting in a charge for destroying public documents.
Finch says he never took any file out of the jail.
During a televised interview last week, Finch told a reporter on WMBB that the suspect was never booked. However, records at the Liberty County Jail reveal the man’s mugshot had been taken and his name was listed on the jail log as being charged. That name was later removed with “white out.”
Last week, The County Record reported Finch has stated in radio interviews his inability to get video tapes from the night in question to prove his innocence.
However, it was learned the tapes had been recorded over. During an interview with Liberty County Sheriff Buddy Money this week, he explained that jail video cameras automatically loop every two weeks. The case originated in March and would have been taped over many times before Finch was arrested June 4 on charges of official misconduct. Sheriff Money confirmed that Finch and his attorney had toured the jail area around mid July.
From day one, Finch has maintained the arrest was in violation of the man’s second amendment right to bear arms. The second amendment reads as follows:
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
Florida law on concealed weapons (790.01) reads:
A person who carries a concealed firearm on or about his or her person commits a felony of the third degree.
Is this case about the second amendment? Should someone not be charged for having a concealed weapon without a permit? Weigh-in on our website at www.thecounty record.net or send us your views in a letter to the editor.
Finally...someone points out the obvious. This case may be about the 2nd Amendment for him, but the offender was in violation of the law and his deputy made the right call. What kind of Sheriff ignores the law when he wants to? The kind he told this county he wouldn't be, that's who. He's a Florida Sheriff bound to uphold Florida laws, not his own. If he doesn't like the law then resign as Sheriff and become a member of the legislature and change it.
All of this is nothing more than a coup to take Sheriff Finch down. Hang in there Sheriff and remember that the Lord levels the playing field. This situation will be no different. God bless you and your family!