South Carolina Sheriff Adds Round-the-Clock Checkpoints to Growing Police State
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Even after such negative publicity several months ago, it appears the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office is not backing down in its attempt to establish what could only be described as a police state.
The last time I had the opportunity to write about Kershaw County, it was in regards to Sheriff Jim Matthews and his ridiculous characterization of local activist Jeff Mattox and his group, Kershaw County Patriots, as a potential threat to police. Mattox’s only crime was “Liking” an article on Facebook which subsequently ‘irritated’ the Sheriff (who was obviously watching Mattox’s Facebook page, one might add).
Sheriff Matthews’ alarmism went well beyond name calling, however, when he put his deputies — as well as the County’s city police officers — on high alert for “people who might want to hurt them.” Matthews explained to the local media that he was concerned that “some of these ideas exist here in Kershaw County,” – meaning, that some individuals might think it legitimate to defend themselves against police who are committing violence against them or violating their rights – the subject of the article that Mattox “Liked” on Facebook that so frightened Sheriff Matthews.
If you are not familiar with the history of the Kershaw County situation, please see my article, “S.C. Police on Alert After Political Activist ‘Liked’ Article on Facebook,” for a breakdown of the incident and the background to what is currently happening in Kershaw County.
Ironically, it is Jeff Mattox who is once again the center of a controversy in Kershaw County surrounding the Sheriff’s over-the-top and aggressive brand of law enforcement.