Maine is currently under a stay-at-home order, which has caused confusion among the public and law enforcement. Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols decided to clear some confusion in a defiant Facebook post.
The post starts off by explaining what his deputies wouldn’t be doing.
“We will not be setting up a Police State. PERIOD,” he said.
“The Sheriff’s Office will not purposefully go out and stop vehicles because they are on the road or stop and ask why people are out and about. To do so puts our officers at risk. This is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia where you are asked for your papers!”
Sheriff Nichols then explained what his deputies would do, including making arrests if they became “absolutely necessary.”
The stay-at-home order went into effect on Tuesday and lasts through the entire month of April.
People are only suppose to leave the house to go to the grocery store, or to work if they are an essential employee.
There are at least 40 states with either shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders in the U.S. Those orders have a variety of expiration days as well.
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