The California sheriff who said it’s “time to get back opening up” won’t arrest people for violating stay-at-home orders.
“You just can’t arrest somebody for going out and exercising in public or not wearing a mask,” Sheriff Bianco said during an interview with Fox News.
Sheriff Bianco also said the government shouldn’t close businesses since they provide income for people in the community.
“They want me to make criminals out of law-abiding citizens that are, you know, trying to support a family,” Bianco said. “It doesn’t make sense anymore.”
The Riverside County government published a press release in late April saying the county would follow the state’s stay-at-home orders
This isn’t the first time Sheriffs around the country have decided to defy state laws.
In April, a Snohomish County sheriff in Washington state declared Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order unconstitutional and said he wouldn’t enforce it.
And in Houston, police in Harris County said they would not enforce a Texas order that imposes a $1,000 fine for anyone in public not wearing masks