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Fresno Co. Sheriff Won’t Enforce CA Lockdown Order, Too Busy Rearresting Released Criminals

Fresno Co. Sheriff Won’t Enforce CA Lockdown Order, Too Busy Rearresting Released Criminals

“We’ve got our hands full trying to re-arrest people that are released due to zero-dollar bail”

After waves of bad press and public pushback, New York City plans to revise its bail reform law.  One California sheriff is faced with a similar law in her state, and she has stated that her department will not be enforcing lockdown orders.

Apparently, they are consumed with rearresting alleged offenders released on a zero-dollar bail reform measure to chase down law-biding citizens for not social distancing or to find out if they are “essential.”

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims appeared on the Trevor Carey Show and was asked about the way her office was coping with the Wuhan coronavirus and the attendant lockdown orders.

The Washington Examiner reports:

The sheriff of Fresno County, California, said she is unable to enforce the state’s stay-at-home order because she’s too busy rearresting accused criminals who were released due to the state’s new “zero-dollar bail” policy.

“I’ve heard multiple sheriffs around the nation state they will not enforce their governors’ shelter-in-place orders,” Sheriff Margaret Mims was asked in an interview on the Trevor Carey Show, according to Breitbart News. “Is that your position?”

“That is my position,” Mims responded. “We do not stop the public to find out what they’re doing when they’re not sheltering in place. We don’t ask those questions. We don’t ask if they’re ‘essential.’ We’ve got our hands full trying to rearrest people that are released due to zero-dollar bail. So we’ve got other things that are on our mind that are more important than stopping normally law-abiding citizens.”

In 2018, then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 10 into law, which made California the first state to abolish cash bail for pretrial incarcerations.

It was estimated that 7,000 bail bond industry jobs and 3,200 small businesses would be lost when the bill went into effect, according to the Sacramento Bee.

On top of the prisoners being released on bail, the state of California has been releasing inmates from jail, including “high risk” sex offenders, in a move it says is aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus.

A lot of sheriffs across the country are refusing governors’ and mayors’ calls to treat law-abiding citizens like criminals; meanwhile, Democrats want to empty the jails and prisons of actual criminals.

Maybe to make room for all those “criminal” barbers, paddle boarders, restaurant owners, surfers, and hair stylists.

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Everything was going great for the USA and California. democrat politicians and officials used covid19 as an excuse to not only stop the great economy, but plunge us into a dystopian nightmare. democrats went way too far with their draconian lockdowns, release of criminals, and giving aid to illegals when American citizens are struggling. Vote out all democrats, it’s the only way to prevent more of this.

    jb4 in reply to CKYoung. | May 16, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    It seems too much to hope for …. but I am starting to wonder if we might have reached a Boston Tea Party moment where Dem officeholders will be thrown overboard.

      4fun in reply to jb4. | May 16, 2020 at 9:55 pm

      I’m pretty sure they want people to start shooting. Then they can go full fascist and shut everything down until you kowtow to them.

    OH Deplorable in reply to CKYoung. | May 17, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Government has totally lost their collective minds with this issue. The masks they’re wanting you to wear, if they were such a great idea, why didn’t they give them to incarcerated criminals instead of releasing them?

I was at Lowe’s today outside of Austin in a town that is suppose to be conservative and 95% of the people had masks on

We are sunk

    txvet2 in reply to gonzotx. | May 16, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    I was just in Home Depot and only two people had masks (outside of staff, but that’s still mandatory). We’re not dead yet. In HEB, the breakdown has been about 50-50. What I can’t figure out is why people have been mobbing hardware stores and HD for the past few weeks.

      Morning Sunshine in reply to txvet2. | May 16, 2020 at 8:36 pm

      Remember all the times the wife added something to her husband’s “honey-do” list? And he answered “I’ll get to that when I have time.” Well, now he has time and has to spend time and money at HD and Lowes and Ace to accomplish that list 😀

      kyrrat in reply to txvet2. | May 16, 2020 at 8:42 pm

      You plant spring vegetables around mid March in Texas. Tomatoes, peppers, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, corn, okra, beans, peas, cantaloupe and watermelon

      p in reply to txvet2. | May 16, 2020 at 9:06 pm

      The mobbing of stores like HD and Lowes has been a nationwide phenomenon. They were places to go for a pile of people who just needed an indoor place to go to get out of the house, even if it was just to wander around for an hour.

      Now on places like Nextdoor it’s turning into the Mask Police. Around my neck of the woods, if your employees aren’t wearing masks be prepared for your business to be shamed online.

      buckeyeminuteman in reply to txvet2. | May 16, 2020 at 11:49 pm

      Mulch, flowers and more mulch.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to txvet2. | May 17, 2020 at 10:31 am

      A lot of people are taking advantage of the time to do home repairs. It makes sense.

      rabidfox in reply to txvet2. | May 17, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      Probably just to get out of the house.

    kyrrat in reply to gonzotx. | May 16, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Austin, Texas is ‘California in Texas’ It is the least conservative place you can find in Texas.

    CommoChief in reply to gonzotx. | May 16, 2020 at 9:08 pm


    I wouldn’t correlate political affiliation or policy preferences based upon wearing a mask. There are a large number of people with medical issues who probably should be taking every measure to avoid transmission.

    Once they dropped mandatory masks I started wearing one. I probably should have worn it from the jump, but I am an adult and will choose to wear or not wear a mask based upon my own judgment not that of some pencil pushing bureaucrat.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to CommoChief. | May 16, 2020 at 11:47 pm

      I’m wondering if those aren’t people who never went out at all in the last 3 months.

      Now they’re venturing out for the first time since they think masks will save them.

      I say that because where I live I’ve seen more obviously morbidly obese citizens out than ever before.

      Don’t shop Target but went to superstore for walking exercise tonight. Probably 75% were wearing masks. Other superstores have a very small fraction of shoppers wearing masks. Even their employees are keeping the masks off or pulled down below their nose. Guess they put them on when the Bosses come by.

      Cleetus in reply to CommoChief. | May 17, 2020 at 6:45 am

      Having worked in the nuclear weapons complex for several decades as well as being a HazMat responder and trainer for almost fifteen years, I know that PPE when properly used can be effective. Since I have the necessary PPE (including proper eye protection), since I know how to properly decontaminate myself, and since my wife is completely disabled, 71 years old, and being treated with immuno-suppressing chemotherapy, each week I go into town I wear my mask and everything else. She is at the top of the list of those who would likely die if they caught COVID-19 and I simply must do all I can to prevent that from happening.
      What I find distressing is how there are many that criticize others for NOT wearing masks just as there are a great many criticizing others for wearing PPE. I get the occasional nasty comment most every visit to town from “experts” in the aisles of the various stores where I must shop telling me how stupid I am for wearing a mask and such. It seems as though everyone is an expert is everyone else’s business along with their version of “science” (i.e., that belief based on a those news articles that supports their own personal viewpoints regardless of if they originated in true science or the toilet) and feels the need to tell each other how to behave when they know nothing of their circumstance.
      Now, more than ever before, we need to practice that one value that has is essential to a democracy – tolerance. Instead of bashing people for doing or not doing something, how about we just let others live their lives as they see fit and stop with the judging – especially when their behavior has no real net effect upon you?
      America has long had the reputation of coming together in times of crisis and facing that crisis as a unified force. What has happened to us that we are now more concerned about pointing fingers,demanding people conform to our idea of how they should behave, belittling people for their behavior when we know nothing of their situation, etc. Making it worse is how so many act as though they are scientific experts in the matter when, in reality, they know little outside what the news articles tell them to believe. It’s time to go back to the Bible, learn humility, and reread the admonitions about how it is a sin to judge others for that job is far above our own pay grade. It’s time to be tolerant and make more of an effort to get along to find solutions instead of doing all we can to divide us.

        Mac45 in reply to Cleetus. | May 17, 2020 at 12:09 pm

        See, this is the really cool thing about America. People can wear a mask or not, as they choose. They can wear a positive pressure hazmat suit if they want. Other people might look questioningly at them, but few will say anything to them about it.

        Something happened in America over the last 15 years. The liberal fascists rose to power. Using falsehoods to instill terror into a portion of the population, they have managed to create a zombie class which parrots their desires. And, this has all come to a head over the COVID response. Many of thee people blindly follow orders and wear a mask. But, they then go beyond that and demand that everyone wear a mask. They attempt to fore everyone to comply with their idea of lifestyle. Ironically, they are usually the first ones to violate their own rules, if they become inconvenient.

        Most of the criticism of mask wearing comes about because people have been forced to wear them. They have become a symbol of unwarranted oppression. And people are reacting negatively to that.

        So, if a person feels more secure wearing a mask, or even a full PPE get-up, go right ahead. Just do not impose arbitrary standards on the rest of us.

    clintack in reply to gonzotx. | May 17, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    I wear a mask when I’m out. I’m not a liberal.

    More accurately, I wear a “face covering” around my neck and pull it up if I’m going into a store or walking past someone on a narrow trail or sidewalk.

    I don’t believe that the mask is protecting me, or really anyone. I believe that it makes some people more comfortable — and I’m all in favor of that.

    “Masks” are low-cost and relatively low-hassle. The lockdown is not. If wearing a mask makes other people willing to get back to normal sooner, then I’m all for that, too.

Bah lost the 2nd half, so second growing season for those will be June/July.

BierceAmbrose | May 16, 2020 at 8:48 pm

So, the Sheriffs, and the Overlords are just demonstrating who they each think are “criminals?”

No criminal like a thought criminal, it seems.

“all those “criminal” barbers, paddle boarders, restaurant owners, surfers, and hair stylists.”

The Dems call them “counterrevolutionaries.” And they are really dangerous!

    4fun in reply to TX-rifraph. | May 16, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    AG (loch nessie) nessel said the barber in Michigan wasn’t a patriot. Expect the liberals to glom onto that and start a new wave of how everyone not agreeing with them is unpatriotic.

      Wrathchilde in reply to 4fun. | May 17, 2020 at 7:43 am

      Not sure why you got a downie for that. We’ve already been on the receiving end of – You want to kill GrandMa!, so being called unpatriotic by those that are in fact unpatriotic, is kinda weak tea.

drednicolson | May 16, 2020 at 9:38 pm

Leftilibrals don’t mind real crooks. Crooks can be bought or pressured as needed. It’s the principled, lawful citizens who aren’t beholden to them that they fear and loathe and want to criminalize.

The measure is not “How many people are wearing masks?” but “How many people?”

Menards today was packed, and I’d estimate 1/3 with masks, and 3/3 in good mood, stepping aside to let others past, standing spaced out in line, smiling (I think), and plowing huge waves of money into the active economy. Wal-mart was likewise running at a fair rapid clip, just as quick as they could get people through the line and take their money.

Wear your mask in public, wash your hands like a rabid raccoon, avoid touching stuff that has been touched by others, and watch the US economy spring back. Let the libs hide in their basements and wail about the upcoming end of the world. We’re busy making the world work.

    cktheman in reply to georgfelis. | May 16, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    “Wear your mask in public”. No.

    And – I will refuse to do business at places that require it. If y’all want to virtue signal and wear a mask that provides no protection, go for it, but I will not be forced.

    Wrathchilde in reply to georgfelis. | May 17, 2020 at 7:53 am

    My only problem with this is the direct support to China.

    Get out of WallMart and stop buying cheap Chinese crap.

    Other than that, it’s great to see people starting to re-engage. I’m not worried about others wearing their masks, don’t really see a need to MOPP-4 to get gas and food.

“Let the libs hide in their basements and wail about the upcoming end of the world.” The consequences of the libs “safe spaces” culture?

It’s the businesses enforcing masks that are the problem. If masks are in fact effective, then it doesn’t matter whether customers wear them so long as your employees do. As open-air transmission (retail businesses aren’t tight confined spaces like homes are) of this virus is extremely rare and I don’t have an immuno-suppressed family member to worry about there’s no reason for me to bother with a mask either (unless I was elderly, which I’m not).

It’s interested to hear DeSantis talk about overreaching governors, while he does nothing to stop overreaching local mandates in Florida. A number of municipalities are requiring masks anywhere in public. Whole Foods is requiring masks of all customers even where no mandate exists.

    Mac45 in reply to randian. | May 17, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    The main reason why businesses jumped on the mask, social distance bandwagon, is liability. Attorneys have not been making any money for the last few months either. These establishments are now terrified of an avalanche of frivolous lawsuits.

      jb4 in reply to Mac45. | May 17, 2020 at 12:32 pm

      I agree on businesses. But what about K-12 schools, colleges, churches, restaurants, stadiums, after-school businesses like karate and dance, most sports activities, any places where people congregate? Why has no one proposed some legislation or even talked much about it, including Trump? It might be even more important than Pelosi’s $3T barrel of pork.

      Talking about liability, I wonder if “sovereign immunity” would protect Cuomo and NY state, NJ and others from being sued for stuffing known dangerous people in nursing homes – proven by advance data from S. Korea, Italy and the nursing home in WA? My reading is that immunity does not apply if your action violates their constitutional rights. Staying alive would seem to be one.

        stpaulchuck in reply to jb4. | May 18, 2020 at 5:58 am

        Children under 12 don’t die (unless they have serious underlying issues). More importantly THEY DO NOT INFECT ADULTS. this is a proven fact. Don’t know why. The doc’s don’t exactly know why. But there it is.

stpaulchuck | May 18, 2020 at 5:56 am

I beg you guys and gals to get on the Fresno Sheriff site and send this lovely lady a “thank you” for being the kind of woman she is. I already did. We need lots more like her.