Oregon Governor Kate Brown said that people should call the police if they see too many people gathering at a neighbour’s residence.
Brown stated in an interview on November 17 that there would be restrictions on private gatherings, and that there would not be more than six people allowed in any one household. Fines are of up to $1,250 and there could be possible jail time for those who refuse to comply.
According to the Daily Wire, not all of Oregon’s elected officials agree with Brown. The Marion County Sheriff indicated that they will not enforce the order. “We recognize that we cannot arrest or enforce our way out of the pandemic, and we believe both are counterproductive to public health goals.”
“This is a travesty that’s happening in our state. How dare Governor Brown think she’s going to come out, she’s going to send the police into people’s homes and arrest them and fine them for having a Thanksgiving meal with their family, while at same time she lets rioters and anarchists destroy downtown in the city of Portland. That’s hypocrisy. We don’t need to be treated as second-rate slaves in our own homes,” said the chair of Clackamas County, Tootie Smith, on November 18.
KGW’s Maggie Vespa asked Brown point-blank, “Do you want people calling the police on their neighbors, non-emergency lines or 911?”
To which Brown responded, “Look, this is no different from what happens if there’s a party down the street and it’s keeping everyone awake. What do neighbors do? They call law enforcement because it’s too noisy. This is just like that. It’s like a violation of a noise ordinance.”
“But that could be a yes.”
“Yes. Yes. But honestly, they shouldn’t have to. This is about saving lives and it’s about protecting our fellow Oregonians. It’s about protecting our families; it’s about protecting our vulnerable community members, and frankly, it’s about protecting the entire state of Oregon.”
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