Here is a classic hit piece done on the sheriff:
Right-wing sheriff under investigation for intimidating minority voters in California primary
right-wing “constitutional” sheriff is under investigation by California’s attorney general for alleged voter intimidation during Tuesday’s primary election.
Sheriff Jon Lopey said his deputies assisted the Attorney General’s Office and the Siskiyou County investigate alleged voter fraud claims last week, but the ACLU says the sheriff instead used the inquiry to intimidate immigrants and minorities, reported the Record Spotlight.
State officials are investigating reports that Lopey and his deputies set up a checkpoint outside a subdivision near Hornbrook and stopped only those cars driven by Hmongs, an ethnic group of people from some mountainous regions of southeast Asia, and asked whether they were registered to vote.
Hmong residents said county and state officials showed up at their homes carrying military-style rifles and threatened to arrest anyone who tried to illegally vote — and civil rights activists say many of them stayed home out of fear rather than vote in the primary.
The attorney general and secretary of state sent monitors to polling stations in Siskiyou County, which borders Oregon, to “ensure that all voters are able to cast their ballot free from intimidation, interference or threats of violence,” said Rachele Huennekens, a spokeswoman for Attorney General’s Office.
“We are specifically monitoring reports of alleged voter intimidation among vulnerable minority populations, such as the Hmong community,” Hunnekens said. “Anyone who witnesses or is subject to voter intimidation should report it to the Secretary of State’s office.”
Andy Fusso, founder of Siskiyou Forward PAC, said the sheriff may have been trying to squash voter turnout to influence the passage of two measures related to banning outdoor marijuana growing and another one that would raise the sales tax by a half cent to build a new county jail.
Lopey, who is active in the right-wing Oath Keepers and Sagebrush movements, issued a press release Friday claiming his deputies were investigating alleged voter fraud — but he didn’t offer any specifics about the allegations or whether any evidence was uncovered.