CSPOA Position Statement
Sheriff Nick Finch
Date: July 22, 2013
The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association is
proud to announce that we are wholeheartedly supporting and
endorsing Liberty County, FL Sheriff Nick Finch for his
courageous stand for liberty and the right of the people to keep
and bear arms as guaranteed in the U S and Florida
Constitutions. Sheriff Finch’s actions to nullify the arrest of a
citizen in his county stands as one of the most glaring examples
in modern history of a constitutional Sheriff doing his duty and
keeping his oath to protect, preserve, and defend the God-given
rights we as all Americans are supposed to enjoy.
A quick review of the incident tells of a Mr. Parrish being pulled
over for a very minor traffic violation last March. The officer, a
deputy employed by Sheriff Finch, did a pat down search of Mr.
Parrish and discovered a small pistol in his pocket. Parrish had
no “permit” for such and the deputy arrested him for carrying a
concealed weapon without a permit. Sheriff Finch was notified
of the situation and he went to the Liberty County Jail, that he
manages, looked at the entire incident and released Mr. Parrish
and canceled the arrest! Sheriff Finch nullified a wrong and
stood for the Constitution which he is sworn to uphold. He was
forced to choose between obeying a state statute or adhering to
individual liberty. He chose liberty! Finch also disagreed with
the probable cause used to justify the stop and disagreed with
the pat down that led to Parrish’s arrest.
Since then Sheriff Finch was investigated by the State of Florida
and was arrested for destroying official documents. We are still
perplexed by the actual charges. However, FL Governor Rick
Scott took it upon himself to suspend Sheriff Finch and removed
him from office and replaced him with a member of the very
agency that investigated and ultimately arrested Sheriff Finch!
(In layman terms this is all called “the good ‘ol boy system”)!
So, Sheriff Finch has no job, no income, and is facing felony
charges. The State has made it so Sheriff Finch has no money to
provide for his family or pay for his lawyers. Finch has two
special needs children and a very supportive wife. Yes, the State
has already made a plea offer to Sheriff Finch and yes, you
guessed it, if he promises to leave his position as Sheriff, then all
charges against him will be dropped. Of course, Sheriff Finch is
fighting this absurd arrest and illegal action by the Governor all
By way of disclaimer, Sheriff Finch has never been a member of
Oath Keepers or the CSPOA and we have never met. He is
simply a man trying to do his job and standing for what’s right.
What Sheriff Finch did is exactly what we have been advocating
for years and what he did was right. He interposed himself on
behalf of a citizen and we hope that all local officials and
sheriffs across America will do likewise!
Sheriff Richard Mack (Ret.),
CSPOA Founder and President