The Libertarian Party of Alabama has condemned Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin for his authoritarian actions and abuse of power related to the arrest of Matthew Qualls.
Delegates voted unanimously for condemnation at the LPA’s annual convention on March 3.
As reported by AL.com, Qualls told AL.com that Entrekin used Prisoner Food Provision funds to pay Qualls for lawn services. Four days later, Entrekin had Qualls arrested – clearly a use of authoritarian power to punish Qualls for reporting Entrekin’s abuse of public funds. Sheriff Entrekin has admitted to using public funds for personal purposes and maintains that such use is legal. The LPA stalwartly opposes abuse of power, misappropriation of public funds, and the oppression of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. The LPA is coordinating a fund to support Qualls’ legal defense.
Whereas, “no law shall ever be passed to curtail or restrain the liberty of speech or of the press; and any person may speak, write, and publish his sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that liberty.”
Alabama Constitution, Article I, SS4
Whereas, “the people shall be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and possessions from unreasonable seizure or searches, and that no warrants shall issue to search any place or to seize any person or thing without probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation.”
Alabama Constitution, Article I, SS5
Whereas, “all persons shall, before conviction, be bailable by sufficient sureties, except for capital offenses, when the proof is evident or the presumption great; and that excessive bail shall not in any case be required.”
Alabama Constitution, Article I, SS16
Whereas, “the sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property, and when the government assumes other functions it is usurpation and oppression.”
Alabama Constitution, Article I, SS35
Be it resolved that, we, the Libertarian Party of Alabama in Convention of Delegates, condemns Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin for the arrest of Matthew Qualls of Rainbow City, AL.
Contact Shane Cornutt, Chair Etowah County Affiliate, firstname.lastname@example.org