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Two Arizona sheriffs recently announced they will not enforce what they see as an unconstitutional shutdown order imposed by Gov. Doug Ducey.

Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster and Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb have each separately decided they will not fully enforce Ducey’s stay-at-home order.

“I will not turn otherwise law abiding citizens into criminals who are simply trying to stay afloat and put food on the table,” Schuster wrote. “It is easier for those in government who continue to receive paychecks, to recommend staying the course. Unfortunately, this is not an option for so many who are financially struggling on a daily basis.”

“I am not trying to thwart the Governor’s Executive Orders and I understand that he is in a very precarious position. It is clear to me that he is greatly concerned for the well-being of the state and is doing what he determines is best. The President of the United States ceded the responsibility of re-opening the states to the Governors. As the 15 counties in Arizona are so distinctly different, I believe the Counties should be granted this same consideration.”

Schuster said he would continue to encourage citizens in his jurisdiction to “exercise good judgment.”

“I implore everyone to make every effort to stay safe and do their part to avoid contracting or spreading the COVID-19 virus,” Schuster said. “Social distancing should still be applied and those with underlying health issues should remain isolated for their own well-being.”

Sheriff Lamb has not released an official statement on his office’s stance on the coronavirus lockdown enforcement, however, he told the Arizona Republic his office had an unstated policy to not arrest anybody for violating the order. Lamb said his officers will instead talk to people about compliance but not enforce penalties, such as jail time.

“I think people want to know that we’re going to support their constitutional rights,” Lamb told the Arizona Republic. “I felt [Ducey] pushed me into a position where I needed to make our stance clear.”

As of Friday, Arizona had recorded a total of 330 deaths attributed to the coronavirus.

Lamb said, “The numbers don’t justify the actions anymore. Three hundred deaths is not a significant enough number to continue to ruin the economy.”

Schuster reportedly said his office still retains the power of the badge, to enforce lockdown measures, but that if called to a business not practicing social distancing he would instead encourage people to maintain social distancing standards.

“Think of me as a coach. We’re here to support you,” Schuster said. “We want to see businesses get back to normal as quickly as possible.”

Schuster said most business owners will be happy to maintain social distancing measures in order to maintain good relations with his office and to continue to operate.

“My conscience will not allow me to arrest someone who is trying to make a living,” Schuster said. “I don’t believe it is a crime to try and make a living.”

The stances of the two Arizona sheriffs are not entirely unique. Four sheriffs in Michigan recently signaled they would not enforce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus lockdown orders, which they characterized as an overreach of her authority.

Author: Ryan Morgan

Source: American Military News: 2 AZ sheriffs say they won’t enforce governor’s shutdown orders

On Sept. 29, just days before the 70th anniversary of the communist People’s Republic of China, members of the Chinese Progressive Association of Boston brought the country’s red flag to fly over Boston’s City Plaza Square.

Boston City Council member Ed Flynn supported the group’s celebration of the modern Chinese state, established under the rule of communist revolutionary Chairman Mao Zedong. Boston was among a number of major U.S. cities to see the pro-Chinese displays according to The Epoch Times.

The red flag, which displays a semi-circle of four yellow stars around the larger primary star, has been a symbol of China since it began its communist rule in 1949.

The display in Boston drew opposing demonstrations from Hong Kong students and members of the local Tibetan community.

The cities of San Francisco, Calif. and Philadelphia, Penn. also flew the red flag, in apparent recognition of Oct. 1st for its significance as the anniversary of China’s communist establishment.

In turn, various local groups within those cities criticized the flying of the Chinese flag, describing it as a celebration of the Chinese government’s repressive rule. The communist Chinese state has been credited with killing tens of millions of its own citizens since its founding.

“Raising this flag, a symbol of the birth of the Chinese Communist Party on October 1, 1949 is only celebrating tyranny, repression, and death,” Jessica Russo, mental health advisor at advocacy group Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) said in a Sept. 20 email to the Philadelphia Mayor’s office.

Russo pointed to the Chinese government’s shootings of unarmed students during the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations as an example of the Chinese government’s repressive behavior.

Russo also raised the issue of the Chinese government’s continued persecution of the various religious groups, such as the Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa), Uyghur Muslims, House Christians, and Tibetan Buddhists.

The Chinese government has been accused by members of Falun Gong of organ harvesting and DAFOH has sought to raise awareness of this issue.

The Greater Philadelphia Falun Dafa Association and the Tibetan Association of Philadelphia similarly raised complaints with the mayor’s office, in advance of the planned flying of the Chinese flag.

In response to the criticism, the Philadelphia Mayor’s office acknowledged the concerns raised by various opposing groups, but said the flag-raising events “are not a sign of support for any specific government, political party, or movement,” but are instead meant for “people with shared heritage to celebrate their backgrounds and experiences.”

Another Chinese flag-raising ceremony was done in the Canadian city of Toronto, but with both the objections of local groups and the Boycott of Toronto Mayor John Tory.

China’s image on the global stage has also been affected by months of protests in Hong Kong. Citizens of the semi-autonomous Hong Kong have objected to a proposal for criminal extraditions to the Chinese mainland and while the proposal was eventually withdrawn, the city has continued strict measures to suppress protests, such as a mask ban.

Police in Hong Kong have also used live ammunition against protesters.

Author: Ryan Morgan

Source: American Military News: Communist China’s flag raised above Boston City Hall Plaza, Philly; supported by elected officials

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