Are you a law and order tough guy? Have you ever wanted to pretend to be a cop? Do you want to help preserve and reinforce racist institutions that target people of color?
Then we have some good news for you!
Canadian County Sheriff Chris West – the right-wing cop who dresses like a cowboy so we’ll all know he’s authentic and tough – is looking for volunteers to join his personal secret police force that we’re going to be cute and call a “Posse.”
Here are details via a Kayla Branch article with The Oklahoman:
Canadian County Sheriff Chris West announced Tuesday his office is accepting applications for a group of local volunteer residents to assist deputies in “safeguarding lives and property.”
Dubbed the “Sheriff’s Posse,” West said in a news release that the group would “serve as a rapid response force of citizens who could be called upon ‘in a minute’s notice’ to answer the call to aid in safeguarding lives and property, as well as the constitutional rights of innocent law abiding citizens of Canadian County.”
The goal is to recruit a diverse set of individuals with varying skills, from prior law enforcement officers to doctors or veterinarians, West said.
That’s nice. When I observe all that is happening in the world today, the first thing that pops in my head is “Hey, what if we had an unregulated volunteer band of ex-cops, doctors and veterinarians ready to “safeguard” lives and property with only a minute’s notice.” Seriously, I’m sure these people have the best of intentions and will always show good judgment when they… uhm… what exactly is this posse supposed to do?
The group would assist with local crises or states of emergency, which would include responding to tornadoes, missing-person cases and other situations local residents might classify as a crisis.
Yeah, “other situations” that people in Canadian County may “classify as a crisis.” Hmmm. I wonder what that could be? Knowing that Canadian County is only home to the world’s highest percentage of Cross-Wall Karens and men who race lawnmowers, I’m going to assume it has something to do with the George Floyd protests. That’s a logical conclusion, right?
“I don’t want to paint this as any type of response as to what has been happening,” West said.
“I am just wanting to form it, and individuals may all have their own different reasons for wanting to be part of it. I’m just trying to be the catalyst for getting a good, benevolent-type posse set up to help people … . If I do (get push back), I think it’s very unfortunate.”
At this point, what training and oversight of the group looks like is still to be determined. Limited background checking will occur.
Yes, this isn’t the type of posse that gathers to hunt down those they think committed a crime. This is a good, benevolent-type of posse set up to help people, likely by hunting down those they think committed a crime and then bring them to justice.
Anyway, I guess if you want to join the Sheriff’s posse, you can apply here. I would never encourage you to leave prank entries, or to join the group just to see what it’s like and provide feedback, but it would be funny if you did.