Add to the laundry list of “why Sheriff Tim Howard is awful” the fact that his department bought a $350,000 device that mimics a cell tower and allows police to surveil every cell phone call and text in range. Since this story broke, big 2nd Amendment “I won’t enforce the law” hero has dummied up. He won’t comment, and his department won’t explain why and how it’s used this device, or whether it’s obtained the needed warrants to do so.
Without a warrant, any evidence gather from, or as a result of, intercepted conversations is no good in court.
Erie County Legislator Pat Burke is calling for hearings on this, and hopefully everyone gets some answers.
I guess Tim Howard isn’t going to enforce the 4th and 5th Amendments, either.