Culpeper County, Virginia Sheriff Scott Jenkins, nationally known for his pledge to deputize citizens to protect their Second Amendment rights, is now rejecting a call from Governor Ralph Northam to assist in enforcing Executive Order 61, which dictates the partial reopenings and continued shutdowns of Virginian’s businesses and daily life based on expanded “essential” and “non-essential” designations.
“Heads of law-enforcement agencies in the Rappahannock Rapidan Health District were contacted today by the district health director, Dr. Wade Kartchner. The purpose was to request assistance on enforcement of Governor Northam’s Executive Order 61,” Sheriff Jenkins wrote to constituents in a Tuesday evening Facebook post.
“My response to that request is that we will not trample the constitutional freedoms of our citizens to enforce an edict of the Governor.”
While Sheriff Jenkins’ response to the request was cheered by Culpeper County’s citizens, eager to put the ball back in the court of every day Americans, Governor Northam’s response was quite the opposite, as he seemed to issue a thinly veiled threat to Virginia’s law enforcement officers, not unlike the ones he levied against officers vowing not to cooperate with his administration’s gun control and confiscation measures.
“If law enforcement agents choose not to enforce our laws, I don’t think that’s a good idea, and we’ll deal with that,” Northam responded to a reporter who asked whether he’d heard of Jenkins’ constitutional stance.
While Northam didn’t specify what measures would be taken to “deal with” law enforcement personnel invoking the US Constitution against the draconian measures, the Governor told reporters that the use of law enforcement would “absolutely” be an integral part of his “public health” orders.