The coronavirus cannot kill the spirit of American defiance in the face of government orders Americans believe to be unjust, as shown by Scott Nichols, the sheriff of Franklin County, Maine.
Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Friday issued an executive order that requires all out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days to lessen the chance of transmitting coronavirus, according to the Portland Press-Herald.
The order also tells would-be visitors not to come to Maine if they have symptoms of the virus. Violators could face up to six months in jail and $1,000 fine.
“While I cannot simply close the state’s border or pull up the Maine-New Hampshire bridge, as a few people have suggested, I will insist that persons entering our state or returning to Maine from somewhere else that they self-quarantine for 14 days,” Mills said, according to the Press-Herald. Western Journal
“We will not be setting up a Police State. PERIOD,” he wrote.
“The Sheriff’s Office will not purposefully go out and stop vehicles because they are on the road or stop and ask why people are out and about.
To do so puts our officers at risk. This is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia where you are asked for your papers!”
As other States start to levy regulations and punishment for breaking the virus regulations, it is up to local Sheriff Departments to decide if the regulations are enforceable or if they are unconstitutional.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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