California Sheriff Defies Gov Newsom, Says He Won't Enforce Lockdown Orders; Second Sheriff Follows Suit

Chris Menahan
Dec. 06, 2020

Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco publicly announced on Friday that his department will not be "blackmailed, bullied or used as muscle" by Governor Gavin Newsom, who he said is "extremely hypocritical" for exempting himself, his family and his business from the lockdown orders he has imposed on everyone else.

Newsom's latest shutdown "limits restaurants to carry-out and shutters indoor and outdoor play areas and recreational facilities, hair salons, barbershops, museums, movie theaters, amusement parks and live-audience sports," USA Today reports.

"People may not congregate with anyone outside their household and must wear masks whenever they go outside."


Transcript via Zero Hedge:
"We have all recently learned of the new regional approach to combating COVID-19 and the pending closure and stay-at-home orders from our governor. We were also told that a there was a potential he would be withholding federal and state funding from counties who did not enforce the orders. Ironically, it wasn't that long ago our same governor loudly and publicly argued how wrong it was for the President of the United States to withhold federal funding from states not complying with federal laws."

The dictatorial attitude toward California residents while dining in luxury, traveling, keeping his business open and sending his kids to in-person private schools is very telling about his attitude toward California residents, his feelings about the virus, and it is extremely hypocritical.

These closures and stay-at-home orders are flat-out ridiculous. The metrics used for closure are unbelievably faulty and are not representative of true numbers and are disastrous for Riverside County.

When the medical field is so split about this virus, it might be time to employ a little common sense. Keeping money and support from our hospitals who are struggling with normal seasonal increases in patients, coupled with COVID-19 patients is irresponsible.

It appears part of the new goal is to shift attention away from his and others personal behavior with a "do as I say, not as I do" attitude by turning public opinion against California sheriffs. He is expecting us to arrest anyone violating these orders, cite them and take their money, close their businesses, make them stay in their homes, and take away their civil liberties or he will punish all of us. I believe that all jobs are essential to someone. Leaders do not threaten, attempt to intimidate, or cause fear; bullies do.

As has been our position from the beginning of this pandemic, the Sheriff's department is asking and expecting Riverside County residents to act responsibly and do what they can to protect themselves and their family from contracting the virus. Wear your mask and practice social distancing.

While the Governor's office and the state has threatened action against violators, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department will not be blackmailed, bullied, or used as muscle against Riverside County residents in the enforcement of the Governor's orders.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a safe and happy New Year."
From Law Enforcement Today:
According to the Daily Mail, Newsom had ordered wineries in 19 California counties to close back in July, however exempted Napa County, where he owns a winery, PlumpJack Estate Winery. Hypocrisy thy name is Gavin Newsom.

Also in October, Politico reported that Newsom had sent his children back to in-person learning at a private school in Sacramento County, even while a majority of schools in the state remained shuttered and limited to in-home learning due to COVID-19.
These "lockdowns" have just been one giant party for our parasitic ruling class.

Every day there's a new story.

You'd think at some point they'd be partied out -- but alas they just can't stop!

Orange Country Sheriff Don Barnes came out on Saturday and issued a statement saying he too will not be enforcing Newsom's lockdown orders.

"Compliance with health orders is a matter of personal responsibility and not a matter of law enforcement,'' Barnes said. "The Orange County Sheriff's Department will remain consistent in our approach."

"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."

If law enforcement officials in Democrat cities can refuse to enforce immigration laws there's no reason law enforcement officials elsewhere can't defy lockdown orders!

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