James Simmons (D) will be on the ballot for Kenosha County Sheriff next Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Simmons has been making a lot of attacks against his opponent, Sgt. David Zoerner, but seems to be saying just about anything to be elected, even if it means lying. Here are some examples.
Simmons has been hounding Zoerner about his stance on the legal status of AR-15s. He also says he wants to institute a “gun buyback” and get guns out of the hands of citizens. However, Simmons bought himself an AR-15, just this past March. He posted the above photo saying “I’m out at Paladin Protection Academy in Kenosha. I purchased my new AR 15 and love it! Being a responsible gun owner is one of the key components to being a responsible citizen.” Many local democrats gave him a mouthful of disapproval, to which he responded:
“Hello, the weapon of the AR-15 isn’t the real issue. Any firearm can cause death or great bodily harm. I didn’t urge anyone to purchase an AR-15. I’m a Sheriff’s Deputy and the AR-15 for my choice of weapon. A deer rifle, pistol or shotgun is up to the individual’s choice. People have to do their homework with regards to purchasing a firearm. My whole premise of the post is be a responsible gun owner. Thank you for your comment.”
If Simmons really feels this way, why did he post this in October?
We told you about Sgt. Zoerner’s discipline. Many years ago he briefly fell asleep while on duty. He realized he had a sleep disorder, received treatment and it hasn’t happened again.
Simmons told KCE that he has never been disciplined. KCE learned this is not true. In fact, Simmons received a very serious disciplinary action. According to a source within the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, where Simmons is a Deputy, Simmons was disciplined for “failure to act” when his partner was in a physical struggle with a suspect. Simmons reportedly stood by and watched without assisting the other deputy. We don’t know what else is in his file because he won’t release it. His opponent, Zoerner, did release his own file.
The Kenosha Sheriff’s department recently uploaded some photos of a community policing event. Sgt Zoerner was in some of the photos. Simmons claimed that Zoerner was “campaigning dirty.” Zoerner told KCE that he didn’t post the photos and doesn’t even have access to the department’s Facebook page. The department frequently posts photos of community policing events.
According to a source that shared documents with KCE, Simmons is under investigation becuase he has been on extended sick leave for several months. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office did confirm his status of “sick leave” with KCE. The Department’s Office of Professional Standards is investigating Simmons for campaigning while on sick leave, which is a violation of department policy. The investigation is ongoing. Simmons denied what we already knew, via email today. We heard back from Christopher Covelli, Deputy Chief at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office who confirmed the active investigation.
Simmons criticized the men and women of the Kenosha Police Department and Sheriff’s department for their handling of the riots. While many of us think that politicians failed us, most believe that the hard-working men and women of the departments did the best they could, and frankly, risked their lives.
Believe it or not, Simmons actually supported law enforcement giving citizens badges during the riots, but later said that the citizens who open carried during the riots “made things worse.”
Simmons has attacked Zoerner for personal issues that don’t have any relevance in this race. However, Simmons lives in a glass house. KCE received dozens of police reports from Simmons’ residence. The reports included domestic disputes, mental health confinements, and many other issues that cause alarm. Many officers can recall being at his house constantly for personal issues that frankly call into question Simmons’ fitness for duty.
Simmons has criticized Zoerner for being an entry-level supervisor. Simmons was once promoted to the rank of Detective at his department. But for an unknown reason, he was later demoted. He won’t tell us why. Chief Arrandondo of the Minneapolis, MN police department testified at the George Floyd trial. He explained how the rank of Sergeant is the “most influential role” in a police department. They are the supervisors that work most closely with the men and women protecting and serving on the road each and every day.
When you chose who to vote for for Sheriff, please keep this information in mind.