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Crowd Rallies in Tallahassee for Suspended Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch

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Put the man back in office...that is the cry of those rallying in Tallahassee, after Governor Rick Scott removes the Liberty County Sheriff from his position.

At the State Capitol, people gathered to support the suspended sheriff, Nick Finch, along with the second amendment right to bear arms.

Finch was arrested more than a week ago, after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement alleges he destroyed or removed official arrest documents from the Liberty County Jail for a suspect who was carrying an illegally concealed weapon.

Nick Finch did not want to discuss details of his allegations but did tell News 13 he believes what he did was right.

"What I did was based on the second amendment," said Finch. "I believe in the 2nd amendment. I swore an oath to the second amendment.  I believe what I did was right by my oath and to the people of Liberty County."

Finch had these words for the people of Liberty County.

"I took my oath seriously when I took my oath to support, protect, and defend the Constitution and I believe that's what I've been doing and I told the people when I was running for office, that we were gonna do nothing more, nothing less, and that's to enforce the laws of the state of Florida," said Finch.

In the crowd at The Capital was Kenneth Edwards, a native of Liberty County. They traveled to Tallahassee in support of Finch and hopes the Governor will reinstate him.

"This man took an oath and it's right here on this piece of paper," explains Edwards. "I do solemnly swear that I will support, protect, and defend the Constitution and Government of the United States, and he did that."

Finch is facing a third degree felony charge for the misconduct and is expected to go to trial for the allegations in July.