On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said law enforcement officers are “dictators” if they don’t enforce his strict lockdown rules…which ironically happen to be dictatorial in nature.
“I believe that law enforcement officer violates his or her constitutional duty,” he began.
“I don’t consider them a law enforcement officer because you don’t have the right to pick laws that you think you’ll enforce and you don’t enforce laws that you don’t agree with. That’s not a law enforcement officer. That’s a dictator,” he concluded.
Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino became a hero of New Yorkers for an epic social Facebook post questioning the constitutionality of Cuomo’s order.
According to Giardino’s Facebook post:
With regard to the Thanksgiving Executive Order, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office will NOT be enforcing it against our County residents. Frankly, I am not sure it could sustain a Constitutional challenge in Court for several reasons including your house is your castle. And as a Sheriff with a law degree I couldn’t in good faith attempt to defend it Court, so I won’t.
Who and how many people you invite in to your home is your business, unlike outdoor gatherings which may receive a police response if disorderly or other violations of public nuisance laws occur.
We have limited resources and we have to set priorities, so obtaining a Search Warrant to enter your home to see how many Turkey or Tofu eaters are present is not a priority. We won’t be doing that. The only way to enter your residence is if we have a warrant, we are invited in or an exigent or emergency circumstance exist. We have three patrols a shift for 500 square miles, monitoring Family Dinners aren’t our priority.
So don’t feel a need to hide cars, cover with leaves or walk 3 blocks so your house doesn’t become a target of the Governors EO.
I trust people in Fulton County to use their own judgement on who and how many people they invite. Obviously if you have high risk family members you will weigh the risks to your loved ones versus the reward. Thanksgiving is just that, a time to give thanks for what we have or have received over the year.
Other officers followed suit, like Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo:
“I can’t see how devoting our resources to counting cars in citizens’ driveways or investigating how much turkey and dressing they’ve purchased is for the public good.”
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard also joined in on the fun of Cuomo defiance:
I have no plans to utilize my office’s resources or Deputies to break up the great tradition of Thanksgiving dinner. This national holiday has created longstanding family traditions that are at the heart of America, and these traditions should not be stopped or interrupted by Governor Cuomo’s mandates.
My office will respect the sanctity of your home and traditions, and I encourage you to follow your heart and act responsibly, as well as do what’s best for your family.
On behalf of everyone at the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, I want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.
Hilariously, Cuomo’s dictatorial rules have led a New York company to sell satirical window stickers to make it look as if Cuomo is watching over you during Thanksgiving dinner:
Stay tuned for more on this developing Thanksgiving saga…