What oath? San Diego sheriff to step up enforcement of California governor’s lockdown orders

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SAN DIEGO, CA – At a time when many law enforcement leaders across the United States are pushing back against executive orders issued by Governor’s for public restrictions regarding COVID-19, one Sheriff has announced that he will step up enforcement of the order.

The Sheriff of San Diego, Bill Gore, has decided to do this by creating an eight-person team whose only purpose in life is to seek out those that would violate democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order. 

Gore wants that squad of deputies to not only educate the public that he serves, but also wants them enforcing Newsom’s orders through citations.

Gore said that there several local agencies in his county which have also pledged to send officers to assist them in scouting out those people who do not abide by Newsom’s order. 

Gore has a phone line dedicated for citizens to report those who violate Newsom’s order as well as an email account.

The Sheriff’s Office has already issued out over fifty cease and desist orders since November 23rd

The areas in which the deputies have been issuing these orders are Flicks in Hillcrest, Grinder Gym in Bay Park, Major’s Diner in Pine Valley, RSD Boxing in Spring Valley and Studio Barre in Torrey Highlands. 

Gore stopped short of having his COVID squad from going door-to-door to enforce the orders, but rather they will respond to complaints.  He hopes that their efforts will help in educating about public health orders.  Gore said:

“The bottom line is, wear those damn masks out there and social distance.”

The COVID squad comes as Newsom announced that those areas that are in the states “purple” tier will be subject to curfews which prohibit all non-essential activities between the hours of 10pm and 5am. 

Not sure what makes the virus more contagious or deadly after 10pm and safer after 5am, but it is California.

The so called “limited Stay At Home Order” applies only to those counties in which there is a higher rate of the virus.  Some of these areas include the more populous areas of Los Angeles and Orange Counties. 

The order is slated to go into effect on November 21st and last until 5am on December 21st.

Health officials in San Diego had reported another 899 new cases of COVID and seven deaths.  These numbers raise the county to a total of 68,140 reported infections and 952 that have died as a result of the illness in some way.

The new restrictions effectively close all businesses, even the ones that were able to show that they could operate outside and adhere to CDC guidelines.  Newsom will allow retail businesses and shopping centers to remain open, however, they cannot allow any more than 25% of their occupancy.

If a school district had not reopened prior to this order going into effect, they will not be allowed to do so until Newsom lifts the order.  Business offices are also restricted and are only permitted to allow employees to work if they can do so remotely.

Beyond that, the only other businesses that Newsom will allow to remain open are those that he has deemed as essential.  Those would be personal care services, barbershops, hair salons, outdoor playgrounds and recreational facilities.

Gore’s announcement of his COVID squad comes as other Sheriff’s in the state are refusing to enforce any of Newsom’s orders.  On November 20th, LET reported when Fox’s Bill Melugin tweeted:

“We’ve now heard from every Sheriff in our SoCal viewing area.  San Bernardina, Orange, Ventura, & Riverside Counties will not actively enforce the order.  LA Sheriff will take a voluntary compliance/education first approach, will not make any arrests related to the order.”

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Law enforcement agencies justified in refusal to enforce Gov. Newsom’s ridiculous curfew (op-ed)

November 20, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom has decided that the state of California needs to close during the night-time hours because COVID is somehow more dangerous overnight than during the day. 

Despite his decision, Sheriff’s in the Los Angeles area have declared they will not enforce it, probably with good reason.

The problem with enforcing a rule like this with law enforcement is that there are limited means by which they can enforce the rule, other than charging someone in violation.

Now, there would be some that would merely suggest that the violators be given some fine or notice to appear in court for refusing the order, but since when has that worked?

Look at places like Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Rioters and looters have been let off the hook several times with slaps on the wrists for violating the laws in those states for rioting.

Where are they the next night after being released? Back out rioting and looting again.

Chiefs and Sheriffs in the area are most likely concerned with liability that would come from enforcing such an order.  What happens when someone violates the order and decides to fight with the police? 

Are the liberals going to back the local law enforcement in the area?  Recent history throughout the United States seems to suggest they will not. 

Why would any sheriff or police chief allow their agency and officers to open themselves up to civil liability and media scrutiny?  The short answer is, they would not. 

No reasonable CEO of any law enforcement agency would allow something as questionable as this rule to be enforced.

So, it should be no surprise that sheriffs and police chiefs in the area are refusing to enforce such an order. 

According to Fox’s Bill Melugin:

“We’ve now heard from every Sheriff in our SoCal viewing area.  San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura, & Riverside Counties will not actively enforce the curfew order.  LA Sheriff will take a voluntary compliance/education first approach, will not make any arrests related to order.”

He added:

“We’ve heard from the Sheriffs; we are now starting to hear from the city police departments about the curfew. 

Ontario and Laguna PDs say they will NOT actively enforce the order, seeking voluntary compliance.  Costa Mesa and Irvine PDs WILL take part in the enforcement.”

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes, in reaction to the order from Newsom, said:

“Earlier today, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department became aware of a limited Stay at Home Order that Governor Newsom’s office ordered to go into effect on Saturday, November 21 at 10 p.m.

“Throughout the pandemic, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has taken an education-first approach with regard to the public health orders.  We are currently assessing the action by the Governor.

“At this time, due to the need to have deputies available or emergency calls for service, deputies will not be responding to requests for face-coverings or social gatherings-only enforcement.”

The issue beyond these orders lies in the form of common sense.  There has not been even one scientist or doctor that has announced that somehow COVID-19 is more dangerous at night than during daylight.  Therefore, how is it possible that closing a massive metropolitan city after 10 p.m. something reasonable to do?

There could be some out there that argue that the nightlife is why the order has been given.  This may be true.

However, if wearing masks and socially distancing truly work, why not trust the business owners to enforce that measure instead of punishing the rest of the population? Perhaps, the real reason is nothing more than having complete control.

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