Thursday Feb. 2, 2012
Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers has received recognition for “meritorious service” in connection with his stand last December against federal authorities who had been zeroing in on a Middlebury-area raw milk producer.
According to a California-based blog, called Local Food Freedom of Nevada County, Rogers garnered the award at a recently concluded convention in Las Vegas, Nev., sponsored by the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, or CSPOA. The convention was meant to educate law enforcement officials on how to stand up to the feds to prevent overreach of federal power.
According to the Local Food Freedom blog entry, posted today, Rogers recounted his involvement in the raw milk issue at the convention – held last Sunday, Monday and Tuesday — generating “enthusiastic applause” several times along the way.
Richard Hochstetler of Forest Grove Dairy had approached Rogers in December, complaining of what he said were repeated inspections by U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials stemming from his raw milk operation. In response, Rogers fired off a letter to an FDA rep, warning the agency that it would need a search warrant to conduct any additional inspections.
“Rogers was one of about a dozen speakers at the Sheriffs Convention, and he was interrupted several times by enthusiastic applause from the approximately 225 law enforcement personnel as he recounted the story of how he stood up against the feds on behalf of Hochstetler,” said Local Food Freedom. At another point, he received “wild applause.”
The award Rogers received was incribed this way: “CSPOA Interposer: For Meritorious Valor for Interposing Himself on Behalf of His Citizens.”
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