Several more California sheriffs have joined Orange County’s sheriff in bucking Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s latest lockdown order and refusing to actively enforce new mandates.
The sheriffs of Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties put out statements over social media on Thursday and Friday following a statement from Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes pushing back against Newsom’s restrictions. Newsom announced the lockdown on Thursday and it went into effect on Saturday night.
“It has been the policy of the Sheriff’s Department to encourage responsible behavior and compliance with the Governor’s orders. To ensure constitutional rights are not violated and to limit potential negative interactions and exposure to our deputies, we will not be responding to calls for service based solely on non-compliance with the new order or social distancing and mask guidelines,” Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said in a Thursday statement.
On Friday morning, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said in a statement, “In short, we will not