(Hustisford) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt is defending his agency’s investigation of an Inauguration Day threat. EmpowerWisconsin published an article on Thursday about Elroy “Roy” Stern, a Vietnam veteran from Hustisford. The 73-year-old was at home last Saturday when three Dodge County deputies questioned him following an anonymous tip that Stern was planning to “cause problems” in Washington DC.
Investigators determined that Stern was not a threat. The article noted that Stern found the interaction “very disconcerting” as if her were the victim of a “false flag operation,” which is defined as “an act committed with the intent of disguising the actual source of responsibility and pinning blame on a second party.” In a release, Schmidt countered saying that his office “will always investigate reported threats to determine credibility.” The sheriff said that investigators do not care about anyone’s political affiliation, just as they “would not judge someone based on the color of their skin.” He says not to investigate could pose a risk to public safety.
In the event something did happen after law enforcement chose not to investigate, there would be public outcry, scrutiny and media attention demanding to know why no action was taken. He also noted that the reason there were three deputies involved in questioning, instead of the standard two, was because one of the deputies was training. Schmidt says not initiating an investigation would have been negligence, at best, and notes that his deputies “acted appropriately, professionally, and as expected.”
You can read the sheriff’s entire statement here:
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