During a rally protesting Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) stay-at-home order in May, Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf shared a stage with one of the far-right militants arrested this week in the alleged plot to kidnap the governor, according to FOX 17.
- Leaf was seen on stage alongside William Null, who along with his brother Michael were among the first suspects charged in the kidnapping plot.
- Speaking with FOX 17’s Aaron Parseghian, Leaf said he had no regrets about sharing a stage with the suspect — and he also defended the mens’ right to arrest the governor over her coronavirus orders.
“It’s just a charge, and they say a 'plot to kidnap' and you got to remember that. Are they trying to kidnap? Because a lot of people are angry with the governor, and they want her arrested. So are they trying to arrest or was it a kidnap attempt? Because you can still in Michigan if it's a felony, make a felony arrest,” Leaf said.
“I think it's MCL 764.4,764.5 somewhere on there [MCL 764.16]and it doesn't say if you are an elected office that you're exempt from that arrest. I have to look at it from that angle and I’m hoping that's more what it is, in fact, these guys are innocent till proven guilty so I’m not even sure if they had any part of it,” Leaf added.
- RawStory noted that “Leaf is no stranger to the right-wing fringe.”
He has lent support to the Bundy family and has close ties to the rogue Constitutional Sheriff and Peace Officers Association that promotes the legal fallacy that sheriffs are the “highest legitimate law enforcement” in the U.S. and may decide which laws to enforce.