The sheriff's department still had their off-duty officer posted at the dam this weekend. However, it appeared the license and registration check wasn't set up at the entrance to Linden on Sunday and there were nowhere near as many officers present, so perhaps the sheriff's department has finally decided to ease up on their campaign of harassment and stop with their questionably-legal roadblock. Another victory? Time will tell.
Due to the continuing campaign of harassment at Linden, we have added contact information for several relevant elected officials to the front page of the site. Please call and email them as well. Every single call helps!
The sheriff's department must have decided Linden needed some babysitting for the Fourth. There was a particularly loud and childish off-duty officer posted at the dam who spent the day screaming belligerently at families through a bullhorn and basically doing his level best to ruin everyone's peaceful holiday. At one point, he even aggressively got into the faces of a few kids and screamed and threatened to arrest them for disorderly conduct because one of them committed the grave crime of wishing him a happy fourth after they'd been hollered at. Pathetic. Happy Fourth of July from the Christian County Sheriff's Department.
Christian County sheriff's deputies were once again manning their questionably-legal and retaliatory roadblock at the entrance to Linden this weekend. Rest assured that the sheriff's department is devoting countless man hours to stopping the hundreds of dangerous criminals that might wreak havoc and threaten the fabric of our society by swimming in the Finley River. Still no signs of anyone being escorted off the banks as before, although deputies continued to incorrectly inform people that they were trespassing on the submerged sections of the dam and were loudly ordering people away from it all weekend.
Still no word from the prosecutor or sheriff that they will cease misleading people and telling them that they're trespassing if they stand in the river atop the submerged section of the dam. So please keep those calls and emails coming--every single one helps! Let them know that if you're standing in the water of the Finley River, you are NOT trespassing as no prosecutor, sheriff, or home owner can impede your access to ANY section of the river under federal and state law. The sheriff's department once again had around a dozen deputies at Linden through the weekend manning a roadblock for mandatory license checks, although fortunately there were still no signs of anyone being escorted off the banks. All the same, one has to question the excessive waste of resources and the motivation of having that many deputies stationed at Linden for two full days every week to run the licenses of law-abiding people who just want to play in the river when there are over 500 square miles of Christian County that they are responsible for policing. Can everyone say "campaign of harassment?" How about "arbitrary checkpoint" and "police retaliation?"
License and registration check continuing at the entrance to Linden, but as far as we can tell people are still being allowed to remain on the dry banks without harassment. We are still working to get the prosecutor and sheriff to recognize that it is NOT trespassing to be standing or sitting on the underwater sections of the dam (NOT the dry raised areas of the dam on each far side) and that the public has every legal right to be in that portion of the river as they would any other section of the river there--the law is clear and the fact that the dam is underneath the water in that piece of the river instead of river gravel does not change this. So please keep those calls and emails coming! We will keep everyone posted.
We received an email from Sheriff Joey Kyle in regards to the Linden issue. Click here to read Sheriff Kyle's email and our response back to him.
Success? There were at least 10 deputies manning a license and registration check at the entrance to Linden, but it appeared that they were no longer trying to keep people off the public dry banks near the dam. There was also one off-duty deputy standing guard duty on homeowner property above the high water mark upstream of the dam, but he also appeared to no longer be harassing people on the dry banks below the high water mark. This is the way Christian County should've handled the situation at Linden from the beginning. Is it permanent? Time will tell and we'll keep everyone informed.
Hundreds of people at Linden today and the off-duty Christian County deputies were once again posted near the Linden dam and continued to turn away families looking to enjoy their Memorial Day weekend in the river. Yet again, people turned away were incorrectly instructed that they would be trespassing on the dry banks and threatened with arrest for doing so.
Off-duty Christian County deputies, paid by the Linden homeowner's association in cooperation with the sheriff's department, are again stationed on the dry banks at Linden for Memorial Day weekend. Families are being turned away and erroneously told that they are trespassing if they don't remain in the water while north of the bridge.
Reports are coming in that the Linden homeowner's association has smeared lubricant all over the dam. Please be aware of this if you're going to portage around the dam so that you or your children don't slip and break their necks, especially those of you transporting canoes downstream.
Christian County sheriff's deputies were posted at Linden all weekend and continuously escorted families away from the dam. None of the families were informed that they could be in the waterway and were simply told incorrectly that "anything north of the bridge is private property." Missouri Conservation was present and instructed the deputies that their interpretation of river law was incorrect and that the dry banks as well as the waterway are public.