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The critical fact about Sheriffs, as opposed to Police Chiefs or Commissioners, is that Sheriffs are elected by local folks. Police chiefs and (in larger cities, Police Commissioners) are hired by Mayors. That is why you see the head law enforcement officers of San Diego, NY and Baltimore echoing the Mayors of those cities positions on gun control. Starkest example is in Milwaukee: the Sheriff of Milaukee County is pro gun ownership (even put out a video telling the citizens to arm themselves) and the Chief of Police of Milwaukee (Dem mayor) is pro gun control.
10 months ago on Sheriffs, States and the Supreme Court