(RepublicanPress.org) – Sheriffs are the highest law enforcement official in their jurisdictions. They have the authority to defy the commands of local and state officials, the federal government, and even a judge. Unlike city and state police chiefs, sheriffs are elected officials who take an oath to the US Constitution, answering only to the citizens who elected them into office. That’s exactly what one California sheriff did, and not everyone’s happy with him.
Orange County, California, Sheriff Don Barnes invoked his authority to defy a court order to release nearly 2,000 inmates; some of them had been held for serious violent offenses like murder.
Please see my statement below following an order from the court mandating the release of more than 1,800 inmates from the Orange County Jail. pic.twitter.com/Y6PuIKVlPr
— OC Sheriff Don Barnes (@OCSheriffBarnes) December 12, 2020
The reason? Superior Court Judge Peter Wilson ordered the prisoners’ release due to alleged COVID-19-related risks associated with confinement. Well, Sheriff Barnes wanted no part of the judge’s order.
He told Fox and Friends he had “no intention” whatsoever of releasing anyone posing a “serious threat” to citizens back into the community during a December 15 interview.
It’s important to have officials like Sheriff Barnes who are willing to step up and use the full authority of their office to protect the public from arbitrary orders that could hurt the community.
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