“‘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