HERMISTON, Oregon – Where we live affects how we are policed. Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston says when they make public statements, officers must be very careful of what they say regarding suspects of crimes, making sure to use descriptive words such as “alleged,” or “believed to be.”
“It might sound trivial, but, like it or not, we live on the West Coast, and we have to deal with some absolutely crazy rulings out of San Francisco,” he said of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
That district is by far the largest appellate division in the nation. It also has the highest percentage of judges that were appointed by Democratic presidents. Edmiston says it makes a difference when compared to rulings in other appellate districts.
“Because of a lot of these rulings, policing in the Ninth Circuit is very much different than policing in other parts of the United States,” he said.
The court has 29 active judges. Hermiston native son Ryan Bounds, a conservative, has been nominated for a judgeship vacancy on the court.