In a video message to constituents, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco blasted Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) after the gov. threatened to withhold funding from counties refusing to enforce the latest round of coronavirus lockdowns.
The Sheriff accused Gov. Newsom of being both a hypocrite and a dictator and warned the gov. that he and his office won’t be “blackmailed, bullied, or used as muscle against Riverside County residents.”
“The dictatorial attitude toward California residents while dining in luxury, traveling, keeping his business open, and sending his kids to in-person private schools is very telling about his attitude toward California residents, his feelings about the virus, and it is extremely hypocritical,” sheriff Bianco said.
Bianco went on to call Newsom’s lockdown policies “flat-out ridiculous” and “disastrous for Riverside County.”
“Keeping money and support from our hospitals who are struggling with normal, seasonal increases in patients, coupled with COVID-19 patients is irresponsible,” the sheriff added. “It appears part of the new goal is to shift attention away from his and others personal behavior with a ‘do as I say, not as a I do’ attitude by turning public opinion against California sheriffs.”
Bianco ended the message, saying “all jobs are essential to someone” and refused to enforce the governor’s orders.
“As has been our position from the beginning of this pandemic, the Sheriff’s department is asking and expecting Riverside County residents to act responsibly and do what they can to protect themselves and their family from contracting the virus,” the Sheriff concluded. “Wear your mask and practice social distancing. While the governor’s office and the state has threatened action against violators, the Riverside Sheriff’s department will not be blackmailed, bullied or used as muscle against Riverside County residents in the enforcement of the governor’s orders.”
We need more of the good, upstanding members of law enforcement to echo Bianco’s sentiments.
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