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ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) — The sheriff of New Mexico’s largest county stated he received’t implement the state’s public well being order, whereas bashing the governor’s directives in a brand new YouTube video. Now, the governor’s workplace is responding.
The YouTube video posted Friday reveals Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales stated his division is encouraging individuals to remain protected however has no plans to implement New Mexico’s public well being order.
“Overreaching restrictions will solely damage our neighborhood,” stated Sheriff Gonzales. “For that purpose, we is not going to observe together with any orders that subvert your constitutional rights.”
He goes on to specific that New Mexicans have already been by means of so much through the pandemic together with the closure of a number of companies, and youngsters not with the ability to go to highschool in particular person.
“In New Mexico we’ve skilled a number of the most restrictive measures which has considerably impacted numerous New Mexicans’ livelihoods, well being and wellbeing,” stated Sheriff Gonzales.
A spokesperson with the BCSO stated deputies received’t be focusing on or ticketing individuals immediately. Which incorporates restrictions and measures which can be directed towards individuals and companies, however didn’t give specifics.
“My company’s focus will proceed to be public security, apprehending precise criminals and never harassing on a regular basis residents,” stated Sheriff Gonzales.
In response to the video, a spokesperson with the governor’s workplace despatched KRQE an announcement saying partly:
“Over 2,000 New Mexicans have been killed by COVID-19, together with over 460 individuals in Bernalillo County. It’s deeply disappointing, to not point out immediately dangerous, that any public official would take any motion that undermines the well being and security of their neighborhood. All New Mexicans ought to agree on the significance of doing something and all the pieces we are able to to save lots of lives.”
A spokesperson with BCSO stated they’ve issued at the least one masks quotation through the pandemic.