Two Arizona sheriffs are refusing to enforce Gov. Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home order as the state continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster and Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb both said they aren’t going to hand out fines, citations or arrest people who disobey the governor’s ordered mandate that has been extended through May 15.
Mohave County is in northwestern Arizona with Pinal County located south of Phoenix. Of Arizona’s 15 counties, the state’s two most populous — Maricopa and Pima — have the most COVID-19 cases by far.
I’m not going to make criminals out of law-abiding citizens,” Schuster said in a television interview. “As a sheriff, I cannot in good conscience issue citations or arrest people for not social distancing.”
“It’s unfortunate that we’re here but I need to make a stand for the people and for freedom,” Lamb said. “I don’t want to cite, fine or arrest fine people.”
Ducey already has laid out consequences for violating his stay-at-home order: a $2,500 fine and up to six months in jail.
But Schuster and Lamb said they will not enforce the mandate.
The two sheriffs said they’re not encouraging people to break the governor’s order but feel compelled to uphold the constitution.
Remember that social distancing and staying home protects others and yourself from becoming infected and helps to flatten the curve so that together, we can beat COVID-19.
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