Snohomish County Sheriff on Tuesday said he will not enforce Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order because it is a violation of constitutional rights.
Sheriff Adam Fortney was responding to Inslee’s most recent announcement on how he planned to get the state back in business.
“To be quite honest I wasn’t even sure what he was trying to say half of the time. He has no plan. He has no details,” Fortney wrote Tuesday in a lengthy Facebook post. “This simply is not good enough in times when we have taken such drastic measures as the suspension of constitutional rights.”
“As I have previously stated, I have not carried out any enforcement for the current stay-at-home order. As this order has continued on for well over a month now and a majority of our residents cannot return to work to provide for their families, I have received a lot of outreach from concerned members of our community asking if Governor Inslee’s order is a violation of our constitutional rights,” Fortney said.
Acknowledging the severity of the virus, which has taken nearly 100 lives in his County — Fortney argued that Washington residents have shown they are capable of keeping “themselves, their families and neighbors safe and healthy.”
“As more data floods in week by week and day by day about this pandemic, I think it is clear that the ‘models’ have not been entirely accurate,” Fortney said. “While that is okay, we cannot continue down the same path we have been on if the government reaction does not fit the data or even worse, the same government reaction makes our situation worse.”