Oregon judge ignores mask mandate in courtroom – says it’s a ‘nanny state’ requirement

Share:

HILLSBORO, OR – An Oregon judge who described mandatory mask-wearing as a “nanny state” requirement, is now under investigation by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine if he is putting the health of workers and jurors at risk. 

As reported by The Statesman Journal, the judge does not wear a mask or other type of face-covering in his courtroom. He does not force anyone else to do so either.

Judge D. Charles Bailey shared his thoughts with attorneys for both sides before ushering in 17 prospective jurors. 

He then relayed those same thoughts to them. 

At no point did he state that people were not allowed to wear them. He said that they were not required to wear masks. He asked that everyone maintain social distancing requirements, especially if a mask was not in use. 

The judge also provided an opportunity for anyone with an issue about the mask policy to raise their concerns and it would be discussed. No one was heard on the recording voicing any such concern. 

“As you all can see, I’m not wearing a mask,” Bailey told the jurors.

“It’s very uncomfortable for me to wear, so I know they’re uncomfortable for you all. And so when you’re in my courtroom, I treat everybody as adults, which you all get to make adult decisions that you think are the best for you and those around you.”

According to the recording, he also instructed individuals who had a directive from their employer to continue following that directive. Bailey further reminded everyone that upon leaving his courtroom, they would again be required to put on their masks. 

But according to OSHA, the judge is potentially putting everyone in his courtroom at risk.

It is important to note that Oregon OSHA officials recently extended the requirements for social distancing and mask-wearing in the workplace. New rules put in place as part of that extension were announced this past Friday. They take effect on November 16 and run through May 4, 2021. 

The OSHA mandate requirements are: 

– Ensure six-foot distancing between all people in the workplace through the design of work activities and workflow, unless it can be shown it is not feasible for some activities.

– Ensure that all individuals, including employees, part-time workers, and customers, at the workplace or other establishment under the employer’s control wear a mask, face-covering, or face shield in line with the Oregon health authority’s statewide guidance.

– Provide masks, face-coverings, or face shields for employees free of cost.  If an employee chooses to wear a mask, face shield, or face-covering, even when it is not required, the employer must allow them to do so.

– Ensure that when employees are in a vehicle for work-related purposes, regardless of the travel distance or duration, all people inside the vehicle must wear a mask, face-covering, or face shield. This requirement does not apply when all people in the vehicle are members of the same household.

– Maximize the effectiveness of existing ventilation systems, maintain, and replace air filters, and clean intake ports providing fresh or outdoor air. The temporary rule does not require employers to purchase or install new ventilation systems.

– Conduct a risk assessment, a process that must involve participation and feedback from employees, to gauge potential employee exposure to COVID-19, including addressing specific questions about how to minimize such exposure.

– Develop an infection control plan addressing several elements, including when workers must use personal protective equipment and a description of specific hazard controls.

– Provide information and training to workers about topics related to COVID-19. They must do so in a manner and language understood by workers.

– Notify affected workers within 24 hours of a work-related COVID-19 infection.

– Cooperate with public health officials if testing within the workplace is necessary. If an employee must quarantine or isolate, the employer must follow proper work reassignment and return-to-work steps.

In conjunction with the OSHA orders, Governor Kate Brown has ordered a pause on social activities in four Oregon counties beginning Wednesday. Those counties include Multnomah, where Portland is located. 

Do you want to join our private family of first responders and supporters?  Get unprecedented access to some of the most powerful stories that the media refuses to show you.  Proceeds get reinvested into having active, retired and wounded officers, their families and supporters tell more of these stories.  Click to check it out.

LET Unity

Officials in one California city encourage people to call police for people not wearing masks

 

SIMI VALLEY, CA – City officials for Simi Valley, California, has recently encouraged people to call police when they see someone walking through a business and not wearing a mask. 

With all of the crimes associated with defunding the police in the liberal state, perhaps they should have contracted out with a social worker to handle a complaint that has no legal ramifications?

Samantha Argabrite, the Deputy City Manager of Simi Valley, said:

“Businesses in Simi Valley who encounter individuals who will not adhere to store policies requiring face coverings may report those individuals for removal by contacting the Simi Valley Police Department.”

The city claimed that they made this announcement to allow the owners of the businesses some type of options when customers refuse to wear a mask.  The hope is that the police officer that responds will be able to calm the customer and simply remove him or her from the situation. 

The city said that the police department will respond and escort that person outside of the property.  They also informed the businesses that whoever is found to be in violation of the order and escorted off of the property will not be subject to a citation.

Argabrit continued:

“As you would with anyone who would be belligerent or difficult inside your store. 

Certainly we don’t want to have to arrest people and we certainly don’t want to have to escort people from businesses, but obviously the police will do what they have to within their powers to do to ensure they have a safe environment and that businesses and customers feel comfortable.”

The move is because of the current COVID requirements in the State of California imposed by the State Department of Health. 

There, the law requires face coverings for people who are inside of places other than their homes, waiting in a line to enter a building, waiting or riding on any public transportation.  The law also requires masks to be worn in any circumstances in which people are outside and cannot socially distance.

CBSN Los Angeles spoke to a local manager of a store, Dr. Conkey’s Candy and Coffee. 

The manger, Susan Cooper, is happy that she has the ability to contact the Simi Valley Police in cases that her customers refuse to wear a mask.  So far, she said that she has not seen any widespread issue of people being belligerent, but she has had to remind a few to put one on. 

She said:

“Helpful for them [police] to take it down a notch and help the situation instead of us having to do that.  We don’t have to work with someone who’s irate.”

While police often respond to calls of irate customers in businesses, and they mostly end peacefully, that is not always the case. 

And with rigid opinions on both side of mask wearing, tempers can run high, like in Chicago, Illinois were two women are accused of brutally stabbing a security guard who asked them to put on masks.

In that incident, two women were approached by the store security guard who told them to wear their face masks.  The women, who did not like being told what to do, argued with the guard.  One of the women took out her cell phone and allegedly threatened to have someone come beat the guard up for her.

The guard tried to remove the cell phone from her hand to prevent her from doing so while the other jumped on top of the guard, allegedly brutally stabbing him 27 times.  When the guard went down, the pair kicked him and taunted him while he was on the ground.

Amazingly, the guard, despite his wounds, was able to keep both women inside the store until police arrived and took them both into custody for attempted murder.  Thankfully, it appears that the guard did not suffer any life-threatening injuries from the attack.

But, imagine for a moment, a case like this one happens in Simi Valley, and the police are forced to respond to the resistance offered by the suspect.  What if, like in Philadelphia, the officers are forced to open fire because they are getting charged at with someone who is armed? 

 

Want to make sure you never miss a story from Law Enforcement Today? With so much “stuff” happening in the world on social media, it’s easy for things to get lost.Make sure you click “following” and then click “see first” so you don’t miss a thing! (See image below.) Thanks for being a part of the LET family!

Facebook Follow First

Share:
Related Posts