A sheriff, a posse, and some sheep...
One night, Farmer Jones approached the sheriff's deputy to sound him out about what the sheriff would do if Jones sent a few of his boys over the fence to "sort out" the other farmer, Farmer Smith. The deputy got back to Farmer Jones in due course and told him not to worry and that sheriff Shafter would turn a blind eye.
But no sooner had Jones's boys ridden onto Smith's property and started getting a bit rough with Smith's boys, than Shafter formed a posse, rode in, and drove Jones's boys back onto their own property with a brutal baton charge, where Shafter's posse then did massive damage to Jones's barns, farm house, wagons, and other farm equipment, in a clear case of destructive vandalism. Jones was dragged before the court (the judge was a close friend of Shafter's) and was ruined, being prevented from selling any sheep in future except those he needed to sell in order to buy only the most basic necessities.
Shafter stayed good friends with Smith and in fact had some of his posse stay around for a while to "keep the peace". Smith's sheep sales improved considerably.
Your comments on sheriff Shafter's methods, ethics, and motives would be most welcome.