Not fooling around: DeSantis fines Leon County $3.5 million for firing employees over forced mandate

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TALLAHASSEE, FL- America’s governor strikes again! Breitbart News reports that the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), as directed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has fined Leon County over $3.5 million this week be defying the governor’s order and firing over a dozen employees over vaccine mandates.

In May, DeSantis signed legislation which banned the use of vaccine passports in Florida via Senate Bill SB 2006, which was designed to reign in draconian local government officials, as reported at the time in Breitbart News.

The FDOH fined the county some $3,750,000 for what is believed to be 714 counts of violating SB 2006, whereby the governor effectively banned the use of vaccine passports. Despite that, the governor’s office reported that Leon County went ahead with the requirement anyway.

Back in July, the county announced that all county employees had to be fully vaccinated by October 1. Most complied with the mandate, however fourteen did not submit proof by the due date, which resulted in their getting terminated.

“It is unacceptable that Leon County violated Florida law, infringed on current and former employees’ medical privacy, and fired loyal public servants because of their personal health decisions,” DeSantis’s office said in a statement.

“Governor DeSantis will continue fighting for Floridians’ rights and the Florida Department of Health will continue to enforce the law,” the statement added.

In announcing the FDOH’s move, DeSantis took to social media directly to address the action.

“No one should lose their job because of COVID shots,” he said in announcing FDOH’s action.

“We must protect the jobs of Floridians and preserve the ability of Floridians to make their own decisions regarding what shots to take,” he added.

Under Florida law, the county has 30 days in which to remit the fine. The Leon County Administrator, Vincent S. Long however disagrees about the applicability of the statute.

There is a “genuine disagreement about the applicability of the statute and rule,” and stated the county “will enforce its rights using any remedies available at law, if necessary.”

In the statement, Long said that DeSantis’s position was “less of a public health strategy and more about political strategy.”

WTXL-27 said in September that DeSantis slammed Leon County for violating Florida law, claiming it infringed on medical privacy and employees were dismissed due to personal health decisions:

“We are going to protect Florida jobs. We are not going to let people be fired because of a vaccine mandate…And so, you don’t just cast aside people who’ve been serving faithfully over this issue over, what’s basically a personal choice on their individual health.

We cannot let these folks be cast aside. We cannot allow their jobs to be destroyed and their families and livelihoods, potentially, to be destroyed as well. And we’ve seen places like city of Gainesville, some other places around the state that have basically said we are gonna fire you unless you take a vaccine.

“Fortunately, the state of Florida passed a law, this most recent legislative session, SB 2006, that did a lot of different things. It prevented private businesses from requiring proof of vaccination to just do normal things like go to a movie or go to a restaurant, but that also applied to government agencies.

And so if a government agency in the state of Florida forces a vaccine as a condition to employment, that violates Florida law and you will face a $5,000 fine for every single violation. You look at places here in Alachua County, like the city of Gainesville, I mean that’s millions and millions of collars, and potentially in fines, Orange County, many more than that…We’d make [vaccines] available for all, but mandatory for none. And that’s been the policy that we’ve had from the beginning.”

As a result of DeSantis’s statement, the city of Gainesville walked back a vaccine mandate for city workers after a judge granted a temporary injunction against it. Likewise, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings (D) clarified in September that first responders would not lose their job for failing to comply with the county’s vaccine mandate.

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Say what you will about Gov. DeSantis but he’s true to his words and not a raging hypocrite. Take San Francisco Mayor London Breed for example:

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The following contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA-Nancy Pelosi…Gavin Newsom…Muriel Bowser…Lori Lightfoot…London Breed. The list goes on. Figured it out yet America? There are two sets of rules…one for the “ruling class”…the other for the serfs. The latest slap at the peons comes to us courtesy of Breed, San Francisco’s clueless clown of a mayor.

Breed is one of the “mask Nazis,” the class of (overwhelmingly) Democratic political “leaders” who like to impose their will on the little people while violating the very rules they put in place themselves, Fox News reports. 

Breed issued one of the strictest mandates in the country, pushing a city ordinance which requires the serfs wear masks indoors whether or not they’re vaccinated, unless they are actively eating or drinking.

So imagine everyone’s “surprise” when last week Breed was caught yukking it up and partying at a jazz club in the city, dancing around and singing without a mask on despite her own mandate. C’mon people! That’s not for the people in charge…that’s for the rest of you.

“While I’m eating and drinking, I’m going to keep my mask off,” Breed told reporters while calling the story a “distraction,” FOX 2 reported her saying.

“And yes, in the time while we’re drinking like everyone else there, we were all having a good time and again all vaccinated.”

Oh, got it. Despite the fact her order applies to everyone…vaccinated or not, it doesn’t apply to her.

In fact, Breed doesn’t think this should be a story at all. She said the focus should be on the fact that live music had returned to the defecation-infested literal craphole of a city of which she is in charge of.

“The fact that this is even a story is sad,” she said.

No, what’s sad is tyrants like Breed like to rule from on high to their subjects while flagrantly disobeying their own directives.

“My drink was sitting at the table. I got up and started dancing because I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask,” she equivocated.

“I was thinking about having a good time and in the process I was following the health orders.”

Breed is apparently very confused or she’s a hypocritical liar. We’ll go with the latter.

In a classic example of sheer tone deafness, Breed than said that she and those in attendance “don’t need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing.”

Where to even begin with this.

She continued digging herself deeper:

“The fact that this story became about me and less about the artists and nightlife, which I will continue to enjoy in San Francisco, is very unfortunate,” she told reporters.

When she announced the mask mandate last month, Breed addressed the “risks” posed by the so-called delta variant of COVID.

“Our economy and our livelihood and our kids going back to school, and everything in between depends on it,” she said at the time.

Apparently, those issues aren’t as important as Breed hobnobbing with Black Lives Matter activists and others while she oppresses the rest of her city’s residents.

Breed was outed when the nightclub, the Black Cat Nightclub posted a picture on their Instagram page showing Breed smiling and partying with friends sans masks, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. One of those accompanying Breed was one of the co-founders of the radical Marxist Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza.

A reporter from the Chronicle also tweeted a video of Breed singing and dancing.

Breed told the Chronicle that she tests for COVID-19 often despite being vaccinated, and “at the end of the day, everyone who comes in here has to show proof of vaccination. That gives me a lot of reassurance.”

“I’ve been very careful, not just because I want to send an example [doing a great job there] but because I don’t want to get COVID. I also want to make sure that I’m not someone transmitting COVID to other people,” she said. “This entire pandemic has been focused on keeping people safe.”

Laughable.

Breed’s contemptable excuses however are not going over well with city residents.

“She’s been very clear that everybody needs to do their part, we’re not out of the woods. San Francisco’s rules have been very restrictive, and I don’t see her playing her part in that photo,” said gym owner Danielle Rabkin, according to KNTV-TV.

One Twitter user wrote, “I am a registered Democrat and I voted for her. I love you Madame Mayor, but it’s all over the news…You’ll need to address the public.”

Don’t hold your breath.

“I don’t know if it’s a moment in a club is the biggest offense, but I do agree she’s got the onus is a bit bigger on her to always lead by an example,” a resident told KNTV.

Breed of course is a repeat offender in the hypocrisy department. Last November, Breed once again broke her own coronavirus rules, seen dining at the upscale French Laundry restaurant dining with several people to celebrate a birthday party. This of course where another hypocrite, Brylcreem Gavin Newsom was also seen busting his own COVID dictates.

You hear the political class railing against things such as “vaccine hesitancy” and you have Joe Biden accusing 80 million Americans of being virtual killers.

Yet you have politicians who think they are above the very rules they make for the rest of us, yet they wonder why a lot of people no longer believe or trust anything they say.

If these dictators want to know why tens of millions of people refuse to get the “jab,” why people resist mask mandates, and why parents are pulling their kids out of schools where they are being forced to wear bacteria-laden masks seven hours a day, they should look no further than their own faces in the mirror. They simply cannot be believed or trusted.

For more on the hypocrisy that is London Breed, we invite you to:

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The following contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

ACROSS THE USA- For Democrats, defunding the police “is for thee and not for me.”

That is what we have learned from the Washington Examiner,  which reports that Democratic mayors in major cities, who called to defund the police in those cities did not hold themselves to that same restriction, spending millions on their own security details.

The Democrats, across some two dozen major cities and who have publicly called to defund the police have themselves been receiving police protection on the taxpayers’ dime.

Forbes conducted an analysis of 25 major US cities which showed that in at least 20 of those cities, mayors and other city officials are hypocrites, saying one thing publicly while privately making sure they had protection.

Furthermore, the report noted that cities where calls were made to defund the police in concert with those same officials receiving taxpayer-funded protection were all run by Democratic mayors, the report said.

Take Baltimore for instance, where the city council gutted the police budget by some $22 million. To add injury to insult, the city spent $3.6 million on 14 police officers assigned to protect Mayor Brandon Scott, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, and anti-police zealot State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

Mosby famously prosecuted six Baltimore police officers in 2015, seizing on the prior deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Trayvon Martin in order to make a name for herself and pretend to be a tough-on-cops prosecutor.

Those arrests stemmed from the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in Baltimore Police custody. All six officers were either exonerated or had their charges dropped, leaving Mosby with mud on her face. Yet, Baltimore police officers are tasked with protecting her.

In the Mogadishu of the U.S., Chicago, the city spent $17.3 million between 2015 and 2020 protecting “unnamed city officials” according to FOIA requests from Open the Books, affiliated with Forbes.

Despite useless Mayor Lori Lightfoot claiming she didn’t support defunding the police, records show that some 400 police officer positions were cut last year, while city officials’ security detail cost the city $3.4 million for 22 officers. That number has steadily increased year after year since 2016.

San Francisco, where shoplifters now rip-off stores for sport, officials said they were going to remove $120 million from the San Francisco Police Department over two years and divert the funds into health programs. Between 2015 and 2020, the city spent $12.4 million to protect anti-cop mayor London Breed.

As with Lightfoot, Breed’s detail’s costs have increased year after year, going from $417,489 in 2016 to $2.6 million in 2020.

San Diego, not quite as much of a craphole as San Francisco this year budgeted $2.6 million for 12 full-time officers to protect the mayor, Todd Gloria, as well as city council members during meetings and to provide security at the city administration building.

However his recent budget proposed slashing $4.3 million from the police overtime budget and allocating $1 million for a Commission on Police Practices, intended to review and evaluate complaints by the public against police officers.

Then there is New York City, home of communist-sympathizing, French fry eating, anti-cop mayor Bill de Blasio. As crime in the Big Apple exploded, the city cut $1 billion—that’s (B)illion with a “B”from the 2021 police budget, a cut of roughly 17 percent. The city reallocated $354 million to curb homelessness and promote educational services.

However as the Examiner noted, de Blasio, his wife, and son have had no problems jet-setting around the country with an NYPD security detail.

In fact, Forbes reported the NYPD security detail that accompanied de Blasio during his ill-fated presidential run in 2020 cost taxpayers $358,000.

Two years ago, de Blasio was outed by the New York Daily News for ordering his NYPD security detail to repeatedly drive his son back and forth from New York City to Yale University in New Haven, CT., during his first few years in school. The paper said officers from the Executive Protection Unit made the trip at least seven or eight times, according to a source with direct knowledge.

That revelation followed on the heels of another report from the Daily News that revealed de Blasio had officers from that unit move his anti-cop daughter, Chiara out of an apartment in Brooklyn.

Denver mayor Michael Hancock, who publicly claims he is against defunding the police while the national media touts the city’s policy as a model for defunding the police, has a security detail consisting of one sergeant and six detectives. Over five years, the detail has cost taxpayers nearly $4.2 million dollars.

A number of other Democrat-run cities also slashed their police budgets; however Forbes didn’t have the cost of the mayors’ security details readily available. All of the Democrat-run cities that defunded the police have experienced exponential rises in violent crime.

The following cities defunded their police departments:

Minneapolis, MN- Cut $8 million from police budget and launched “mental health team” to respond to certain 911 calls

Oakland, CA- cut police budget by $14.6 million (recently cut additional funds)

Portland, OR- ground zero for anarchist protests, the city cut $15 million from the police budget and disbanded a gun violence reduction unit

Atlanta, GA- reallocated %50% of corrections budget to social services and community enhancement initiatives. NOTE: The state of Georgia banned defunding the police, defined as cutting budgets by more than 5%.

Seattle, WA- Initially planned to cut the police budget by 50% however backtracked and “only” reduced it by 20%

Los Angeles, CA- cut $150 million from the $1.86 billion budget

Washington, DC- home of the most boring “insurrection” in world history, the city cut the DC Metro Police budget by $15 million

Philadelphia, PA- slashed police funding by $33 million while violent crime runs rampant and far-left neo-Marxist district attorney Larry Krasner basically refuses to do his job

Hartford, CT- cut $1 million from $40 million police budget

Salt Lake City, UT- Cut the police budget by $5.3 million and for some reason denied Forbes’ FOIA request

Austin, TX- cut $20 million from the police department and moved $80 million by shifting certain services out of law enforcement

Dallas, TX- slashed $7 million from the $24 million overtime budget

How about a little bit of tone-deafness while we’re at it? When the New York City Council voted to decimate the NYPD budget by slashing $1 billion, Council Member Daniel Dromm, chair of the Finance Committee said the following:

“We recognize that the City must move away from the racist policing [policies] of the past. This budget significantly scales back funding for law enforcement at [a] time when crime is at an all-time low and redirects those dollars towards services that uplift our communities during this time of great hardship.” [emphasis added]

That statement was made on June 30, 2020, when at the time there had been a 130% increase in the number of shooting incident compared to the same period in 2019. Murders were up 30%, burglaries were up 118%, and auto thefts were up 51%, according to NYPD crime stats. [emphasis added]

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