Sounds like a pissing contest gone bad. I the the PD guys were very patient and professional, the sheriff was a dick.
Both groups decided to bring overwhelming armed backup. I really wonder how these rank and file cops and deputies would have reacted if someone got froggy and fired a shot. Do they go all civil war and start popping off at the first guy in a uniform different than theirs or start looking for the guy who fired the shot?Little dictators refusing to recognize anything other than their own little ambitions.
In the Southern states the Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer in the county and city police would not be investigating or arresting him. That would be handled by the appropriate State police agency.
Can you imagine the egos involved here? From the Sheriff refusing a signed court order to the Chief thinking that the best course of action upon this refusal was to "call his crew" and see if he could visually outgun the SD.Yep, and given the animosity between the Sheriff and the police chief it reeks from just the optics alone.