Police Chief Suspended for Attending Pro-Gun, States Rights Convention

| by Michael Allen

Jemez Springs, N.M. Police Chief Shane Harger says that he was recently suspended and ordered to disband his police department.

According to, Harger claims the reason for this extreme action was his attendance at the recent Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) Convention in Las Vegas.

While at the convention, Harger and 38 other law enforcement officers reportedly signed a CSPOA resolution.

When he returned home on Monday, Harger claims he was told by Sheriff Douglas Wood of Sandoval County, N.M. that he was to dissolve his police department because of his political affiliation with the CSPOA, which is headed by Richard Mack.

Mack is an anti-gun activist and states rights advocate, who rejects the authority of the federal government.

On his website, Mack writes, "We already have hundreds of police, sheriffs, and other officials who have expressed a desire to be a part of this Holy Cause of Liberty."

Mack writes that the purpose of the CSPOA is to get law enforcement officers to pledge their loyalty to "State Sovereignty and local autonomy" and his "new Declaration to the Federal Government." Mack adds that the "CSPOA will be the army to set our nation free."

Several right wing, pro-gun websites such as and have jumped to the defense of Harger and Mack.