In the face of the strong measures being implemented by various officials in some parts of the United States such as New York, members of the police have spoken out in favor of citizens’ rights, questioning how reasonable the level of severity is in some of the determinations implemented to justify confinement.
Police in Houston, Texas, have chosen to back hundreds of citizens against the extreme confinement measures being promoted to stop the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus, also known as the new coronavirus.
The judge and county executive director-elect said at a press conference Wednesday, April 22, that it was necessary to “use every tool in the toolbox,” arguing that there should be no complacency, or people will die, according to The Washington Times.
The order implies the mandatory use of masks for anyone over 10 years old. If the order is not obeyed, citizens will have to pay a fine of up to $1,000 for the next 30 days starting next week.
“The Houston Police Officers’ Union believes everyone should be wearing a mask in public, in order to protect themselves from the virus and we are encouraging all of our officers to wear a mask,” wrote Houston Police Officers’ Union President Joe Gamaldi.
“However, we draw the line at the draconian measures Hidalgo has decided to engage in,” the official said. He added, “Our officers work every single day to bridge the gap with our community and earn their trust, we will not stand idly by and allow Hidalgo to tear that bridge down, with her horrific leadership and echo chamber decision making.”
As Fox News pointed out, a $1,000 fine could make many people’s circumstances worse, and while there are those who believe the order is aimed at preventing the further spread of the virus, for Gamaldi such measures are due to other factors at play.
“You know, the funny thing about this order is it’s supposed to be for the public health and it is imperative that we do it right now. But yet the order doesn’t start for another four or five days,” he said.
“So if it’s so important, why aren’t we starting it now? Why are we waiting until Monday to start this order? It’s a complete joke and it’s an overreach by this county judge,” said the Gamaldi.
In order to answer Gamaldi’s question, Rep. Den Crenshaw (R-Texas) said, “common sense guidelines” should not lead to “unjust tyranny.”
Gamaldi even tried to contact the state attorney general’s office to see if Judge Hidalgo’s ruling was constitutional.
In Washington, Sheriff Adam Fortney of Snohomish County also declared on Tuesday that his police officers were unwilling to comply with the closing orders.
He joined Franklin County Sheriff J.D. Raymond in saying he would not sanction the opening of churches or businesses that implement reasonable distancing measures.
Meanwhile, four sheriffs located in northeastern Michigan last week similarly said they disagree with the total closure orders issued by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, considered the most extreme in the country so far.