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California Sheriff Has Blunt Message for Newsom

He did not hold back on the failed Governor.

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes announced Saturday that his agency would not enforce the new coronavirus-related lockdown enacted in California.

According to the Associated Press, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced a plan last week for the most restrictive lockdown since the beginning of the pandemic if the state’s COVID-19 metrics met certain thresholds, which has now happened.

From the AP:

The vast region of Southern California, much of the San Francisco Bay area and a large swath of the Central Valley are about to be placed under a sweeping new lockdown in an urgent attempt to slow the rapid rise of coronavirus cases.
The California Department of Public Health said Saturday the intensive care unit capacity in Southern California and Central Valley hospitals had fallen below a 15% threshold that triggers the new measures, which include strict closures for businesses and a ban on gathering with anyone outside of your own household. The new measures will take effect Sunday evening and remain in place for at least three weeks, meaning the lockdown will cover the Christmas holiday.

What did the sheriff say?

Barnes did not mince words: He said that compliance with the new order is a matter of “personal responsibility,” so his agency would not be enforcing the “ever-changing” nature of Democrat-imposed restrictions.

“The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will remain consistent in our approach,” Barnes explained. “Orange County Sheriff’s deputies will not be dispatched to, or respond to, calls for service to enforce compliance with face coverings, social gatherings, or stay-at-home orders only. Deputies will respond to calls for potential criminal behavior and for the protection of life and property. Our actions remain consistent with the protections of constitutional rights.”

The sheriff also criticized the restrictions because they hurt Americans who are “already struggling through difficult circumstances.”

“To put the onus on law enforcement to enforce these orders against law abiding citizens who are already struggling through difficult circumstances, while at the same time criticizing law enforcement and taking away tools to do our job, is both contradictory and disingenuous,” Barnes said.

When Newsom enacted a less restrictive stay-at-home order last month, Barnes also bucked the Democratic governor.

“At this time, due to the need to have deputies available for emergency calls for service, deputies will not be responding to requests for face-coverings or social gatherings-only enforcement,” Barnes said.

Sources: The Blaze: California sheriff has blunt message for Gov. Gavin Newsom over new coronavirus lockdown

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Written by Joshua Jackson


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  1. “Barnes did not mince words: He said that compliance with the new order is a matter of “personal responsibility,” so his agency would not be enforcing the “ever-changing” nature of Democrat-imposed restrictions.”

    I wonder how a law enforcement officer can decide what laws he chooses to enforce based on his “personal responsibility”?

    That is one of the biggest threats to American Democracy and the Rule of Law.

  2. No, no Joe!! Democrats are now the biggest threat to American Democracy and the Rule of Law in the history of the country! Who are you to speak to us of American Democracy & the Rule of Law?? Who is this Governor to tell the residents in California the don’t have the right to work and support their families because of a virus that has proven itself to have a 99.9 % survival rate? We see and we realize that Covid-19 is far more contagious than it is deadly! The American people are disgusted with the Democratic Party picking and choosing what laws to respect and what laws to ignore! We’re disgusted by Democrats blatant attempts to pick and choose which constitutional American rights to honor and which to eliminate! We’re awake! We see the lies, unlawfulness, hypocrisy & corruption surrounding the Democratic Party and we’re not going to quietly stand by and allow you to destroy everything we hold near and dear!

  3. Here is a REAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, ready to do his duty, as the elected official he is. Doing what the people who elected him want of him.
    The DEMONS in charge of the politics are nothing but the rats they are: unlawful, corrupt to the bone, “do as I say not as I do” HYPOCRITES, worthless people who collect their paychecks when all their constituents are filing bankruptcy.

    • No Stephanie, he is not a ‘REAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER”, he is a disgrace to the oath he took when he pinned on his badge. Law Enforcement people do NOT have a choice of what laws they will or will not enforce, it is their responsibility to uphold ALL of the laws.

      If a LEO doesn’t like the placement of a traffic signal, does he have the authority to tell his officers to ignore people going through the red light? Let me help, of course not.

      • sorry Joe , but LEO duty is to enforce laws that comply with constitution not the whims of some self glorifying politician , regardless of political party .

  4. “Personal responsibility” being mentioned about compliance is not referring to the Sheriff, but to the general public. Besides, the legislature makes and passes laws and the Governor has to sign the bills in order for them to become law. An EO is a violation of the separation of powers and is unconstitutional; no matter how much they have come to be accepted by politicians and society at large!


  6. Politicians making these draconian laws, which are clearly unconstitutional, should not be getting paid.
    Maybe if they feel the pain of these mandates these sleazy politicians will stop acting like they are supreme rulers. Did they ever hear of Fidel Castro?? That is who I liken Newsom to.

  7. Dear Joe, a governor does not make law , only the Legislature is responsible for that little detail that most if not all you liberals choose not to acknowledge. The fact that “We the people” are responsible for our own health and safety is a fact that we are going to show these little Hitler wanna be’s that we the people are still in charge of our lives. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, as I’m sure you have one.

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