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Snaza Brothers Sheriffs make national news,
Rebel against Governor’s mask orders!

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Lewis Country Sheriff Rob Snaza, Tuesday afternoon in south Chehalis. Credit: Jared Wenzelburger, The Chronicle, Centralia

“‘Don’t be a sheep’: Sheriffs rebel against new statewide mask requirements”

“Hours after Gov. Jay Inslee (D) ordered Washington state residents to cover their faces in public, a Republican sheriff in a rural southwestern swath of the state suggested they should be doing no such thing.

“‘Here’s what I say,’ Lewis County Sheriff Robert Snaza told the crowd outside a church Tuesday [ June 23], carrying a megaphone and sporting his green and beige uniform but no face mask. “Don’t be a sheep.”

“Few of the people cheering on Snaza covered their faces either, according to video of the scene taken by the Daily Chronicle of Centralia, Wash. Indeed, the words on a billboard above the crowd seemed to capture their feeling about the pandemic: ‘Oh, no! A virus. Quick — burn the bill of rights.'”

“With coronavirus infections rapidly spreading across the American South and West and more states making masks a requirement, dozens of sheriffs like Snaza are staging a rebellion against state governments. An adherence to their interpretation of Constitution, they say, comes before any kind of public health advice.”

“Still, two Washington sheriffs insisted they can only “educate” residents instead of strictly enforcing the mask order. Snaza’s twin brother [Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza], who heads up the sheriff’s department in a neighboring county, said he will not require his own deputies to cover their faces, fearing it could put the officers in jeopardy in high-risk situations,” by Teo Armus, The Washington Post. Read more

Posted by Steve on June 26, 2020 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

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3 comments

  1. Comments like the above from the Snaza brothers can not be tolerated. Some kind of official rebuke must be done – such as a formal, written admonishment; something that goes in their file.

    Further, if they continue to put their fellow citizens at risk, they should be removed from their position.

    Sheriffs, like all law enforcement officers, are required to protect the people. Mocking them and encouraging them to practice unsafe behaviors is unacceptable.

    Comment by Bruce A. Smith on June 27, 2020 at 12:50 am

  2. This according to who? If so important why not do this months ago.

    Comment by Frwd Smith on June 27, 2020 at 1:50 pm

  3. Ah, so who am I? That begs the question: Who are you? Further, why do you question who I am? Would you feel more comfortable if you had some of my credentials? A resume, my CV? An acknowledgement from the Power That be that I am someone worthy to listen to?

    Regardless, the comments of the Snaza brothers put me at risk. I don’t want Covid, and I need the general public to not get Covid so that the people I depend upon, such as grocery store workers, food producers, et.al. don’t get Covid. The Snazas and all who claim they don’t have to wear masks are putting me in danger. I don’t like it, and I’m pushing back.

    Comment by Bruce A. Smith on June 27, 2020 at 6:24 pm

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