Florida Sheriff Arrested After Defending Second Amendment

Sheriff Nicholas Finch said he “believed in Second Amendment rights” after releasing a man arrested on a gun charge.

Via Infowars:

A Florida sheriff who believes in the Second Amendment was charged Tuesday for removing the arrest file of a suspect held on an unconstitutional gun charge but later released.

Liberty County Sheriff Nicholas Finch, 50, was booked in his own jail Tuesday with one count of official misconduct by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The FDLE accuses Finch of covering up the arrest of Floyd Eugene Parrish after releasing him from the Liberty County Jail. Parrish had been arrested for carrying a concealed firearm without a license, a third-degree felony in Florida.

On March 8, Sgt. James Joseph Hoagland of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office arrested Parrish during a traffic stop after finding a .25 automatic pistol in Parrish’s pocket and a holstered revolver in the front seat, according to court records. Parrish was then taken to the county jail.

Finch arrived at the jail with Parrish’s brother and spoke to Parrish, after which Finch took the arrest file and told correctional officers Parrish would be released with no charges, according to investigators. Finch also ordered both the pistol and revolver be returned to Parrish.

Hoagland told FDLE investigators that several days later, he spoke to Finch about Parrish’s release and Finch told him he “believed in Second Amendment rights.

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  • jergy

    I’m confused what part of his actions defended the 2nd amendment. It’s illegal to carry concealed firearms without a permit.

    • David Duke-Astin

      people are idiots. strike that. Many people are idiots. Many people simply have no idea what a right is, what a law is, what due process is, or what their job is. Some people think whatever they think and feel (or more correctly, whatever the right wing asshole on the radio said out loud the other day) is a right and is true because it’s what they believe, therefore they can act without consequences. Then, they complain – with deep wells of resentment – about the special treatment received by minorities. This guy is on that continuum of bitterness, hate, and paranoia (of the wrong kind).

      • HCE

        Which guy specifically? The sheriff?

    • Charlie Primero

      Laws which abridge human rights are invalid. The right of a human to go about armed was an established human right in western culture for thousands of years, unless that person was a slave.

      • Ittabena

        Nailed it! Not only that but it is our duty to disregard laws which do not abide by our Constitution, and the Sheriffs sworn duty as well..

        • Dingbert

          Nope, sorry. Read Article VI. Whatever law Congress passes is considered constitutional unless federal courts say otherwise. It is your legal duty to follow it and it is the sworn duty of executive and judicial officers to uphold it. Nullification is reserved to the federal courts (Ableman v. Booth). Judicial review is reserved to the Supreme Court (Marbury v. Madison).

          I recommend sticking with the “laws which abridge human rights are invalid” philosophy if you want to disregard the law, as you won’t find any support for it in the US Constitution.

      • jergy

        Requiring a permit for someone to carry a concealed firearm abridges human rights? Which ones?
        Like, the “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” ones? Or constitutional rights, which say nothing about preventing regulation or permits? Or is it just implicit, because people used to carry whatever they wanted?
        No one prevented him from acquiring or carrying firearms. If he felt human rights were being violated, the cop should quit or take it to court. I’d hate to be around when cops get to ignore laws they feel abridge their human rights.

        • charlotte9

          “I’d hate to be around when cops get to ignore laws they feel abridge their human rights.”

          …Hah…you’re so cute. What are you, like 14?

        • Charlie Primero

          Human rights are innate, built-in. You have them because you are sucking air. The most primary is are your right to exist and ownership of yourself. This is why slavery and murder are immoral.

    • echar

      The title should read Sheriff caught being corrupt and will spend many years in prison with the rest of the criminals.

    • Dingbert

      There are no concealed carry laws at the federal level. They were all implemented by all the states (except Arizona, I think, where you can just do whatever).
      In Florida, open carrying is illegal, too. However, more importantly, Florida does allow concealed carry in your vehicle without a permit. So it doesn’t actually sound like the guy was breaking the law at all.

      • jergy

        The last part of that is really interesting. I wish it would have been mentioned in the article somewhere. It seems like there wouldn’t have been much of a case had it gone to court.

        • Dingbert

          Just re-read the article and saw he had the 25ACP in his pocket. Whoops! That’s basically the only place in your car you can’t conceal it without a permit. If it were in a holster or the glove box/console, it would’ve be 100% legal.
          However, other FL gun laws consider your car an extension of your domicile, and you can concealed carry without a permit in your home without restriction, so it still would’ve been interesting to see it go to court.

          At any rate, it’s a good reminder that only a tiny fraction of gun-related cases are about the Second Amendment.

  • eric82

    Honestly, this was an interesting story until I saw “read more at infowars.com.” At that point I instantly eviscerated the entire story from my mind as though it had never happened, just like the arrest file of Mr. Parrish.

    Maybe it’s true, maybe it’s not, maybe there are elements of truth that have been conflated and given the Alex Jones weirdo treatment. There is enough information hurtling at me at any moment of the day that – for reasons of efficiency – I have to make a selective decision to immediately disregard anything from generally unreliable sources.

  • BuzzCoastin

    man
    now if they would only go outta their way to support the other amendments
    like the 4th & the 5th
    I’d have to stop calling them pigs

  • VaudeVillain

    I’m glad to hear that he is deeply committed to protecting the Second Amendment, and I would like to encourage him to provide this level of protection to the others as well.

    One question though: does he normally arrive unexpectedly at the prison with family members of individuals arrested on gun charges in order to circumvent our unjust laws, or was this sort of a “one time” deal? Certainly this is not the first time an individual has been put into his jail on gun charges, does he have any explanation for why he declined to defend our freedoms on any prior occasion?

  • DeepCough

    And if I got arrested for a dimebag, this same sheriff would have locked me up, thrown away the key, and said, “Enjoy your stay, doper.”

    • Ittabena

      Not in Washington or Colorado. Mwahahahaha!

      • DeepCough

        Touche.

  • Mike Notlisted

    Kudos to this guy. Not many LEO’s would risk their careers to help someone . He is keeping with the law enforcement oath:

    On my honor,

    I will never betray my badge1,

    my integrity, my character,

    or the public trust.

    I will always have

    the courage to hold myself

    and others accountable for our actions.

    I will always uphold the constitution2

    my community3 and the agency I serve.

    Whether or not
    you agree or disagree with 2nd amendment, it is part of the constitution
    and the restrictions on that right are Orwellian and unconstitutional.
    That is inarguable. In this instance, he choice to take his oath
    seriously and uphold the constitution. I can’t speak for his past and
    whether he has always done this but in this instance he chose to do what
    he swore an oath to do and I respect him for that.

    • David Duke-Astin

      that’s hilarious

    • Dan Garrett

      He betrayed the public trust to follow the law. He failed that trust.

  • bobbiethejean

    It is not up to the police to decide the law, it is up to the police to enforce the law….. but they don’t really do that either so I don’t know why we bother with them, except that perhaps we all secretly yearn to be bullied and lorded over.

  • Timothy Bishop

    I guess he wasn’t black or wearing a hoodie :P.

  • ThomasCollins1

    Okay, I don’t have a problem with the sheriff’s sympathies, but it is relevant that he used white-out to alter logs. Altering documents is not okay ever.

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