That’s one way to get the local sheriff’s attention.
A Minnesota business owner unhappy with some recent action by law enforcement decided to use an electronic billboard to voice their anger toward Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag – even though Freitag said he wasn’t involved in what happened.
The billboard, located at West Front Street and South Pearl Street in Albert Lea, reads: “Concerned voter asked where the F**K was Freitag.”
In an email to media outlets Tuesday morning, Freitag said he felt “obligated to respond” to the message the business owner posted on the “huge electronic board for God and Country to see.”
It apparently stems from an “unpleasant visit” the business owner had with a different law enforcement agency that’s not associated with the sheriff’s office, Freitag said in a statement.
The business owner called the sheriff’s office to demand he put a stop to law enforcement activities that were going on at his business, but Freitag said he wouldn’t for two reasons: “The cops at his shop weren’t from the sheriff’s office,” and “Neither I, nor anyone else, can stop action stemming from a judge’s order. That’s not to mention all the ethical violations involved as well,” the statement read.
“Next time your business practices get you in hot water, don’t ask ‘Where was Freitag?’ It’s your business, not mine. Ask yourself, ‘Where were you?'” Freitag said.
It’s not clear what the judge’s order pertains to, with Freitag saying the investigation into the business owner is “still underway and no other details can be released.”
According to Freeborn County tax records, the property where the billboard is located is owned by Malcolm Inc. There are no current cases or search warrants filed in Minnesota District Court under the business or apparent business owner, Kyle Christopherson, a communications specialist with the Minnesota Judicial Branch, told BringMeTheNews.
Christopherson did say if there was a search warrant executed on the property, officials have 10 days to file it back with the court.
BringMeTheNews has also reached out to the U.S. Attorney’s Office to see if the judge’s order was made in federal court.