SEMI-NEWS/SEMI-SATIRE: May 17, 2020 Edition

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Opinion Column by John Semmens
Sheriff Too Busy Rearresting Criminals to Enforce Lockdown

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims says her officers "are too busy repeatedly rearresting criminals released under the state's zero-dollar bail policy. We haven't the time, resources, or inclination to enforce the social-distancing orders issued by Gov. Newsom."

Newsom proclaimed himself "seriously peeved by the failure of Sheriff Mims and others to carry out my orders. These law-enforcement officers are not authorized to select which laws they will or won't enforce. It isn't their job to decide which offenses are more serious. That is the responsibility of higher officials. In 2018 the legislature passed and Gov. Brown signed the law that allows accused felons who can't afford bail to be released on their own recognizance. I fear that Mims' focus on repeat offenses from this segment of the population could be construed as racist."

Mims called Newsom's remarks "a sl
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