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California County Sheriff Won't Enforce Stay-At-Home Order

California County Sheriff Won't Enforce Stay-At-Home Order

Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco. (Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register via AP)

By    |   Friday, 08 May 2020 08:47 PM

A sheriff in California 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," Chad Bianco said during an interview with Fox News.

Bianco 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.

"At the same time, they are trying to force me to release real criminals from jail," Bianco said, referring to seven sex offenders who were recently released in Orange County. 

This isn't the first time officers 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.

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