I am NOT a lawyer. However, public officials like a sheriff have what’s called qualified immunity. If I understand that correctly, that immunity only protects him (or her) when he (or she) is acting within the confines of the law. When a sheriff goes outside the boundaries of established legislation, they are not acting in good faith and their immunity does not apply in those situations. This needs to be taken to court. The offenders in these jurisdictions need to pool resources and file a class action lawsuit against these counties.