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Print Column: We Are Too Deferential to Law Enforcement

Print Column: We Are Too Deferential to Law Enforcement

MINOT, N.D. — America’s vast military might resides under civilian control. The commander-in-chief of our armed forces is the President of the United States, and for good reason. Law enforcement, too, is under civilian control. Or it’s supposed to be anyway. Given the deference shown toward cops it can seem like the tail is wagging

Luke Heck: Amendments to DUI Bill Would Let Cops Disregard a Driver’s Rights

This guest post was submitted by Fargo defense attorney Luke Heck. Somewhere along the line, the drafting of our state’s DUI laws has become an adversarial process. We continue to make non-controversial things controversial instead of being problem solvers. A prime example of this is HB 1534, the bill that has been introduced this legislative session

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Don’t Call Them a “Sheriff’s Department” Any More

Yesterday I got a press release from the Morton County Sheriff’s Office indicating that they’d like to be called an office now. Not a department. “I know the terms have been used interchangeably in the past, so I wanted to make you aware in order for you to make the appropriate reference to the office

State Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, D-Fargo, promotes her "red flag" bill while police chiefs and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, listen at the state Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. John Hageman / Forum News Service

Plain Talk Podcast: Rep. Karla Rose Hanson Discusses Gun Seizure Bill

Should the government be able to take a person’s guns because a court finds you dangerous? Is that a reasonable protection for public safety, or something amounting to pre-crime? Denying a person their civil rights based on what they might do? Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, a Democrat from Fargo and sponsor of so-called “red flag”

A Grand Forks Sheriff sets up a parameter along with multiple law enforcement agencies after a car chase ended on the northwest side of Grand Forks on Friday, June 2, 2017. (Joshua Komer / Grand Forks Herald)

Legislation Introduced to Deny Reserve Law Enforcement Officers Power to Arrest, Carry a Gun

Earlier this month Fargo defense attorney Mark Friese wrote a guest post here on SAB regarding the use of reserve officers by North Dakota law enforcement agencies. “To the surprise of many, including me—a formerly licensed police officer and lawyer—North Dakota law exempts ‘reserve officers’ from licensing, oversight, training, and regulation,” he wrote. “Even more

Jesse Jahner is sworn in by Judge Wade Webb as Cass County Sheriff on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at the Cass County Law Enforcement Center, 1612 23rd Ave. N., Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner: Reserve Officers Are Being Used Appropriately

This guest post was submitted by Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner. On January 3rd 2019 there was an article written in reference to law enforcement agencies routinely using unlicensed, unregulated officers for law enforcement purposes. In that article, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office is referenced. As the newly elected Cass County Sheriff, I feel that

Mark Friese: North Dakota Law Enforcement Agencies Routinely Use Unlicensed, Unregulated Officers and the Legislature Must Stop It

This guest post was submitted by Mark Friese, a former licensed police officer and currently a Fargo-based attorney working in criminal defense. You look in the mirror and see emergency lights. You immediately pull to the right and stop. A deputy sheriff gets out of the fully marked official vehicle, wearing a uniform, badge, and

Dave Boelke

Audio: Fired Fargo Cop Tells His Side of the Story

Fargo police officer David Boelke was fired yesterday by Chief David Todd for a number of reasons. You can read Todd’s memo justifying the termination below. I had Boelke on my radio show today alongside his attorney Mark Friese of the Vogel Law Firm. I asked Boelke why this happened. “I don’t know if this

Police use a water cannon to put out a fire started by protesters during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. November 20, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

Victims Shouldn’t Have to Pay for the Law Enforcement Costs Created by Their Abusers

Here’s a simple truth about the #NoDAPL protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline: The pipeline company was repeatedly the victim of violent crime and vandalism while working, lawfully, to complete a permitted project. The political extremists who organized and perpetrated the often unlawful, often violent demonstrations were the perpetrators. That’s the point I make in

Sign outside of Minot High School's Magic City Campus.

This Is How You Inspire a Lack of Respect for Authority

A group of Minot High School students are facing criminal charges for an end-of-the-school-year prank. Three boys, ages 17-18, have been charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor crime, after throwing about four water balloons in the school lunch room. From the Minot Daily News: Assistant superintendent Kim Slotsve refused on Friday afternoon to comment on

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