Maine’s Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols has a strong message for the Governor of Maine, Janet Mills, who issued “stay-at-home” orders with threats of police punishment if not followed.
Sheriff Nichols issued a statement on the Franklin County Facebook page saying in no uncertain terms he will not follow the unconstitutional order.
“We will not be setting up a Police State. PERIOD,” he wrote.
“The Sheriff’s Office will not purposefully go out and stop vehicles because they are on the road or stop and ask why people are out and about. To do so puts our officers at risk.
“This is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia where you are asked for your papers!“
The sheriff’s announcement comes as a welcome sign to Americans who have been arrested for insane things like praying outside, surfing, or trying to drive to work.
Someone has to stand up to the unconstitutional directives that are being handed down daily by government officials and it will fall on the sheriffs to uphold what they know to be their legal and lawful duties, none of which involve trampling the rights of citizens.
“Please use common sense during this executive order. We are more interested in the safety and well-being of the public as well as our officers at this time.
“With that being said, we are sworn to uphold the Constitution and laws of the State – for any unlawful act/situation, arrestees will be taken into custody and transported for fingerprinting and bail.“
Meanwhile, during a press conference, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem stated:
“Our constitution ensures the citizen’s right is protected… I took an oath to uphold these constitutions… The people themselves are primarily responsible for their safety. They are the ones that are entrusted with expansive freedoms. They’re free to exercise their rights to work, to worship, and to play. Or to even stay home or to conduct social distancing. Since the middle of February I’ve been very clear that people need to take personal responsibility for their health and the well-being of their families.”
Wow – what a novel thought – “…people need to take personal responsibility for their health and the well-being of their families.”
Frankly, I’m surprised it took this long for one to come forward with this common-sense response to unlawful acts by state officials. Perhaps a good exercise for people stuck on lockdown would be to call their local sheriff’s office and find out where the local sheriff stands on this very important issue of the people’s rights. [Lesser Magistrate, PJ Media]