Most Sheriffs in Southern California Refuse to Enforce Governor Newsom’s New 10 PM Curfew
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Thursday announced a Wuhan coronavirus curfew for residents in the Golden State. Between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. “nonessential work” and gatherings are prohibited in areas where the state is in the purple tier, which is 94 percent of the state.
The problem Newsom is now facing: sheriffs in Southern California refuse to enforce his curfew.
“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”
“We’ve heard from the Sheriffs, we are now starting to hear from from city police departments about the curfew. Ontario and Laguna Beach PDs say they will NOT actively enforce the order, seeking voluntary compliance. Costa Mesa and Irvine PDs WILL take part in enforcement.”
Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes questioned the constitutionality of Newsom’s order and made clear he wouldn’t send deputies out for calls on Newsom’s order.
“Let me be clear: this is a matter of personal responsibility and not a matter of law enforcement,” Barnes said in a statement. “Orange County Sheriff’s deputies will not be dispatched to, or respond to calls for service to enforce compliance with face coverings, social gatherings, or stay-at-home orders only. Deputies will respond to calls for potential criminal behavior and for the protection of life or property.”
Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco stated similar concerns.
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