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Ohio Sheriff: ‘I am Not the Mask Police. I am Not Going to Enforce Any Mask-Wearing’

Ohio Sheriff: ‘I am Not the Mask Police. I am Not Going to Enforce Any Mask-Wearing’

“I’m not a scientist, but I want you to know the police are busy…Don’t call 911 because someone is not wearing a mask. If the health departments want to control who is not wearing a mask, let them put a little yellow light on their car and they can stop people and go in.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L9fJBCKO7Q

Butler County, in Ohio, Sheriff Richard Jones announced he would not enforce the health department’s mask mandate:

“I can tell you this – I am not the mask police. I am not going to enforce any mask-wearing. That is not my responsibility. That is not my job. People should be able to make those choices themselves,” the sheriff said during an impromptu press conference on Facebook Live.

The news comes as the Ohio Department of Health issued a mandate that all citizens in Ohio’s “red counties” wear masks to slow the spread of coronavirus across the state.

Butler County, along with Hamilton, Montgomery, Franklin, Huron, Cuyahoga and Trumbull counties, were identified as hot spots by Gov. Mike DeWine.

The mandate says that people must wear a mask indoors, but not a residence. People must wear a mask outdoors if they cannot social distance.

Jones insisted he and the deputies will not enforce the mandate. He also pleaded with people not to call 911 if they spot people not wearing a mask:

“It’s totally out of control. It should be left up to the individual if they want to wear a mask. If someone is sick, I can understand the mask-wearing. But for all of us to have to have your temperature taken, to have to wear a mask – where is it going to stop?” Jones said.

“I’m not a scientist, but I want you to know the police are busy…Don’t call 911 because someone is not wearing a mask. If the health departments want to control who is not wearing a mask, let them put a little yellow light on their car and they can stop people and go in,” he said.

“I, as the Butler County Sheriff, am not enforcing any mask-wearing to the public, and my deputies will not enforce it. We’ve got more important things to do.”

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I always liked him when I lived there…

Ohio Sheriff: ‘I am Not the Mask Police. I am Not Going to Enforce Any Mask-Wearing’

Careful what you say, Sheriff. If you won’t do it, the little wannabe dictators will wanna organize their own mask police!

    Brave Sir Robbin in reply to rinardman. | July 8, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    “It should be left up to the individual if they want to wear a mask. If someone is sick, I can understand the mask-wearing. But for all of us to have to have your temperature taken, to have to wear a mask – where is it going to stop?” Jones said.”

    Precisely – this epidemic has done one thing for sure – it has lured all the fascists out of hiding. Remember who they are.

      alohahola in reply to Brave Sir Robbin. | July 8, 2020 at 7:41 pm

      Yikes. Who *has* to have their temperature taken?

        Edward in reply to alohahola. | July 8, 2020 at 8:51 pm

        I have read that some locations (not regular stores like grocery stores though) are not only requiring mask wearing while on their premises, but taking customer temperatures before allowing entry.

          The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Edward. | July 8, 2020 at 9:42 pm

          I went into a medical building and was scanned for temp in the lobby. 91.2. They scanned again. 93.1. They used a different gun. 93.4. They looked at me funny.

          I flashed my smile, and said, “I’M one of the COOL kids!”

          BobF in reply to Edward. | July 9, 2020 at 2:26 am

          I entered a hospital twice a week for six weeks, each time having my temperature taken and having to fill out a form that demanded a yes or no answer that could not be answered honestly. I don’t know if I have been in contact (what does “contact” mean?) with someone who has been tested positive and I won’t sign a form that demands a yes or no answer. Further, numerous temperature readings were so obviously erroneous it was ridiculous, but they passed me through anyway. Humans acting like robots.

          Mati in reply to Edward. | July 9, 2020 at 7:17 am

          The “funny” thing about the question re: have you come into contact with someone with COVID 19 when entering a healthcare facility …… uhh, where are you *most* likely to come into contact with someone with COVID 19? Yes, that healthcare facility that you are currently entering.

        BEdwards in reply to alohahola. | July 8, 2020 at 9:38 pm

        My son lives in Atlanta and the church he attends not only requires their members to wear masks but also to have their temperatures taken as well before they can enter the building. And not by any medical professional, just a woman with a thermometer. My son left this church and has not been back since,

        audax in reply to alohahola. | July 9, 2020 at 3:32 am

        …are they using rectal thermometers?

I don’t know . . . good diction and all, but it’s hard to look authoritative when wearing a regimental rep tie with a cowboy hat. Just not a really harmonious sartorial ensemble.

In my area, some old people are really weird about masks. Enraged grousing about maskless people out on jogging trails, walking their dogs, blah blah. I guess some people really don’t have enough to do.

Richard Jones is often on Bill Cunningham’s show on 700 WLW.

What a breath of fresh air!

Nothing at all like the Affirmative Action Sheriffs and Chiefs who infest most of our big cities.

Good Sherriff, law enforcement is not about being a nanny. More LEO’S should follow his example, especially our Sheriff here in Lucas County.

    OH Deplorable in reply to Romey. | July 8, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    I live a couple of counties south of you. WE get our local news out of Toledo, and it appears to be an absolute Socialist shit hole, they even had a Socialist elected as mayor one time. This was back in 1934 when they had the Autolite War, when the National Guard machine gunned people in the street for trying to unionize the Autolite factory. Toledo had a Socialist mayor and Ohio had a Democrat as Governor when this happened.

    OH Deplorable in reply to Romey. | July 8, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    I live a couple of counties south of you. WE get our local news out of Toledo, and it appears to be an absolute Socialist shit hole, they even had a Socialist elected as mayor one time. This was back in 1934 when they had the Autolite War, when the National Guard machine gunned people in the street for trying to unionize the Autolite factory. Toledo had a Socialist mayor and Ohio had a Democrat as Governor when this happened.

Just today, I went shopping in NC. Later, I realized they have a mask rule for the whole state. My dental assistant said that the sheriff is not enforcing it.. Small town wisdom.

Maybe there are more of these reasonable LEOs than we hear about.. I certainly hope so.

    zennyfan in reply to amwick. | July 8, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Went to Sonic in an Austin suburb for a cherry Diet Coke. A sign on the order board said masks were required when food was delivered. It wasn’t there yesterday. We’ve gone nuts.

LEO has more than enough on their plate. These health department mandates should be enforced by the state and county health department. If at all.

If a particular business says you must wear a mask then, ok. It’s their business, their property, their potential liability. Either wear a mask or take your business elsewhere.

That said, the efficacy of the masks, distancing guidelines, cleaning guidelines are either able to provide sufficient protection or they are not.

If yes then don’t restrict gatherings or occupancy beyond social distancing requirements. If no then why bother?

The epidemiologic community and health departments lost everyone’s trust early on by saying don’t buy a N95 mask to the public. Then turned around and said wear a bandana. Come on guys, you can’t expect the public to believe you and follow your recommended guidelines after lying. Especially when we knew or suspected that you were lying to us so as to prevent the public from stoking up on N95 masks thus reducing the supply needed for hospitals and 1st responders.

Close The Fed | July 8, 2020 at 8:50 pm

The day after the election this will all go away.

And remember, there’s a recall going on for Whitmer of Michigan.

Michiganders, go find where to sign that recall petition and get ‘er going!

https://recallgovernorwhitmer.com/default.aspx#locations-section

In my not so humble opinion mask orders are issued for either of two reasons:

1. They know wearing the masks will do nothing to prevent the spread of disease, they just want people to feel more comfortable; or,

2. This is an effort to force people to accept conformity and self identify people who are unwilling to conform.

There is a possibility that “and” applies in lieu of “or”.

nordic_prince | July 8, 2020 at 11:50 pm

“If someone is sick, I can understand the mask-wearing. But for all of us to have to have your temperature taken, to have to wear a mask – where is it going to stop?”

Damn right. Healthy people do NOT need to wear a mask – they CANNOT infect anyone.

And if you’re sick, don’t cough or sneeze on anyone – STF home… that’s more effective than your stupid little homemade face diaper.

OwenKellogg-Engineer | July 9, 2020 at 4:32 am

Now here’s a guy that has some common sense. And I kinda like that he wears a cowboy hat, even in Ohio.

Copperjockey | July 9, 2020 at 7:10 pm

When they start wearing a mask i might. It’s funny to me that no one is talking about why the virus is spreading. Can anyone say demonstrations, riots, and lying ass bound for hell politicians. This used to piss me off now it’s just amusing.

Just remember this:

“If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, you are exempt from this order.

Due to the ADA, HIPAA, and the 4th Amendment, we are legally prevented from confirming your disability or medical condition.”

Sign seen on an affected business.

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