Orange Co. Sheriff: We’re Not Enforcing Newsom’s Lockdown Order

California Gov. Gavin Newsom took some time off from his busy schedule of dining at fancy French restaurants this week to impose a new draconian lockdown order on the southern part of the state as well as the San Joaquin Valley. The order, which eliminates indoor dining and closes bars and hair salons (well, except to Nancy Pelosi, of course), will go into effect for any area of the state where ICU capacity falls below 15% due to the coronavirus. But while Newsom earned accolades from Democrats for the measures, some counties immediately pushed back.

For instance, Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes put out a statement saying that his officers would not be enforcing the lockdown.

“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.”

The sheriff said that his deputies would not be dispatched to calls pertaining to mask-wearing and social distancing.

“Deputies will respond to calls for potential criminal behavior and for the protection of life and property,” he clarified. “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 our tools to do our jobs is both contradictory and disingenuous.”

That…is an excellent point. This whole Defund the Police movement is supposed to be about taking responsibilities away from law enforcement that aren’t actually about law enforcement. For instance, having cops act as family mediators, therapists, and, for instance, social distancing nannies. You’d think that the Black Lives Matter people would be the FIRST ones to object to having cops in charge of enforcing COVID lockdowns. Strangely, we can’t find them saying a single thing about it. Once again, if the subject isn’t “unarmed black men” getting killed by police, they aren’t the slightest bit interested.

Sheriff Barnes ended his statement by saying that while residents should follow public health recommendations, he didn’t think lawmakers should be trying to “penalize residents for earning a livelihood, safeguarding their mental health, or enjoying our most cherished freedoms.”

This is the kind of thing we used to call “common sense.”

It’s in short supply these days.

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