Sunday, December 6, 2020

HEROIC: Riverside County Sheriff Slams Gov. Newsom, Vows Not to Enforce Lockdown Order

Sheriff Chad Bianco

Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco this week vowed not to enforce the state’s new coronavirus restrictions, calling Gov. Gavin Newsom’s efforts to contain the pandemic with business closures and stay-at-home orders “flat out ridiculous,” reports KTLA5.

“The metrics used for closures are unbelievably faulty and are not representative of true numbers and are disastrous for Riverside County,” the sheriff said in a video released Friday.

In his video, Bianco accused Newsom of trying to shift attention away from his and other officials’ “do as I say, not as I do attitude,” referring to a dinner attended by the governor and about a dozen others last month.

“The dictatorial attitude toward California residents, while dining and 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,” Bianco said.

He added that the Sheriff’s Department is counting on residents to do what they can.

“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,” Bianco said.

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes made a similar statement Saturday, asserting that following health orders is “a matter of personal responsibility and not a matter of law enforcement.” He said that deputies will not be dispatched to calls about enforcing compliance to stay-at-home restrictions, nor face covering and social gathering rules.


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