Press Release

North Carolina Sheriffs, District Attorneys Join Josh Stein In Condemning Mark Robinson’s Attack On Federal Law Enforcement

Last week, Attorney General Josh Stein criticized Lieutenant Governor Robinson’s call for his supporters to disobey the FBI and “stand up and fight” instead, saying: “His rhetoric is dangerous — and it’s a direct threat to law enforcement.” In a statement, a group of 10 sheriffs and district attorneys across North Carolina are now joining Attorney General Stein in condemning Robinson’s extreme remarks: 

“The Lieutenant Governor’s statement encouraging people to fight the FBI rather than comply is reckless and a slap in the face to the work we do every day to keep North Carolinians safe. This type of rhetoric could make it harder for law enforcement across the state to do their job and maintain law and order. We call on Mark Robinson to retract his dangerous statements.”

Caswell County Sheriff Tony Durden

Durham County Sheriff Clarence Birkhead 

Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough

Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden

Pitt County Sheriff Paula Dance

Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame

Anson & Richmond County District Attorney Reece Saunders

Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams

Orange & Chatham County District Attorney Jeff Nieman

Last week, news outlets reported that Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson told an audience to fight the FBI, rather than comply with law enforcement: “When the chips are down, when the FBI is knocking on my door, will I cower? Will I comply or will I stand up and fight? Folks, it’s time to stand up and fight.” This news comes after Robinson’s previous threat to “use his AR-15 against the government if it ‘gets too big for its britches.’”