San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura County Sheriffs Join OC Sheriff, Decline To Enforce COVID Curfew

Posted 7 days ago

From LOSANGELES.CBSLOCAL.COM

SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – After announcing Orange County would not be enforcing Gov. Gavin Newsom stay-at-home order, Sheriff Don Barnes said Friday the order is “a matter of personal responsibility and not a matter of law enforcement”, echoing the statements of several other county sheriffs across Southern California.

In a statement, Barnes said: “The Governor’s latest health orders have created a significant amount of uncertainty in the community regarding the feasibility and constitutionality of enforcing modified stay-at-home orders.

“Let me be clear- this is a matter of personal responsibility and not a matter of law enforcement. 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.”

On Thursday, Barnes responded to Newsom’s executive order by saying the department was “currently assessing the action by the Governor” and that “deputies will n... (Read more)