Questions for Local Law Enforcement
In an effort to help Lake County citizens in these uncertain times, we tried to reach out to the Lake County Prosecutor, Mr. Charles Coulson, and the Lake County Sheriff, Mr. Frank Leonbruno, to seek their help in answering questions submitted to us by Lake County citizens, and the patriots at Auburntownship.org.
Unfortunately, both parties have spurned LFC’s repeated attempts to secure a meeting with them. Since they are both running unopposed in the November election, we thought they would gladly share their insight and wealth of law enforcement experience to inform the Lake County residents how they may protect themselves, their families, and their property. However, their silence shows us their lack of concern for the average citizen.
Sheriff Leonbruno has the time to make television commercials promoting Jerry Cirino for State Senate and “Just ‘Not So Transparent’ Dave” Joyce for Congress (again), but he does not have time to answer questions from the average residents of Lake County. We did not expect that of the Sheriff.
Here are the questions that we wanted answered by the two top law enforcement officials of Lake County:
- In a situation where driver/passenger in a vehicle unwittingly encounters highways/sidewalks physically blocked by vehicles/protesting pedestrians, what is a suggested course of action when there is no longer the opportunity to turn around and exit to avoid possible negative outcomes? If I run across this and am in fear of my life do I have to stop? What if I hit someone illegally in the road? Will I be charged?
- Do they have a plan in place to stop the violence and protect the citizens and our property if the type of rioting and violence we are seeing elsewhere makes its way to Lake County?
- Under what circumstances will my county sheriff (chief law enforcement official) abide by a “stand-down” order in the face of physical unrest/property destruction?
- If I have a Concealed Carry License, what are the rules and regulations in the Ohio Revised Code when I may use deadly force? What are the subjective issues that would cause a local prosecutor to use his or her own interpretation of those statutes?
- What are the rules, either by statute or subjective, that a local prosecutor will use to determine if a citizen or non-citizen feels threatened?
- What are the rules and regulations in the Ohio Revised Code that permit a taxpayer to protect their property? What are the subjective issues that would cause a local prosecutor to use his or her own interpretation of those statutes?
- If citizens are in a restaurant and protestors enter the restaurant and start berating, harassing, and intimidating the patrons, what are the legal options for the patrons to protect themselves or family members that may be in harm’s way?
- If a citizen is participating in a peaceful protest (waving the American flag or holding up a sign), and they are approached by opposing forces intent on doing physical harm to the protestors, what are the options for the peaceful protestors?
- Would the Lake County sheriff and prosecutor violate the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, if ordered by the State of Ohio officials to confiscate all weapons held by citizens and non-citizens to ensure the security and safety of all Ohio residents?
- If a weapon, of any kind, is brandished by an individual is that breaking the law in the State of Ohio and Lake County? Is the “Open Carry law’ in Ohio considered brandishing a weapon in Lake County?
- Are citizen militia groups permitted in the State of Ohio, and specifically Lake County?
- What are the circumstances that make a citizen’s arrest legal? What, in general, is the plan of action to accomplish a citizen’s arrest?
- Under what circumstances would the Ohio Legislature enact a set of guidelines to establish the situations in which citizens’ use of force is acceptable and legal?
- If I witness an individual handling a gun, knife, or any other implement in a way that I perceive is a threat to my physical safety, while I am on foot anywhere outdoors, what defense(s) can I legally use?
- If I am in a vehicle and have taken the precaution to lock all entry, but perceive that one or more individuals, also in vehicles or en masse on foot engage in activities that appear to threaten my physical safety, what forms of self-defense may I utilize that will not result in criminal charges?
- If law enforcement is unwilling/unable to respond to my calls to report vandalism and physical aggression, what, if anything, is my legal course of self-preservation?
- If I find myself in a life-threatening situation without any witnesses, what is a course of action that will hold up in a courtroom for me?
- If, while I have chosen to lock my stationary vehicle while I am in it, and I experience one or more individuals jumping on my vehicle and otherwise engaging in terroristic behavior, what legal form of self-defense or aggression-avoidance is available to me?
- Under what circumstances can social media legally aid in the defense/protection of citizens being threatened/harassed by gangs demanding social justice while threatening physical harm?
[LFC Comments: If you are concerned about protecting yourself, your family and property, why not ask your local law enforcement agents for guidance. These questions apply to everyone, regardless of the county or State in which they live.]