Cuomo urges sheriffs to enforce COVID-19 regulations

Jacquie Slater
Updated: November 18, 2020 06:56 PM
Created: November 18, 2020 06:05 PM

The governor's message to local law enforcement agencies on Wednesday was if you see it, stop it.

Gov. Cuomo called the announcements made by several Capital Region sheriff's regarding Thanksgiving holiday gatherings frightening.

NewsChannel 13 has reported several county sheriffs have gone on the record saying they do not believe they should enforce the executive order which limits at-home gatherings to 10 people.

Sheriffs in Rensselaer, Washington, Saratoga and Fulton Counties have previously said they will not enforce the order.

"That I believe violates that person's constitutional oath. I don't believe that person is a law enforcement officer. I believe that person should not be certified as a law enforcement officer. I don't want a law enforcement officer who says I'm only enforcing the laws that I like or that I think should be enforced," said Cuomo.

Cuomo said enforcement should not violate privacy and officers are not expected to go knocking on doors to see how many people are inside a home. However, if it appears there is a large gathering taking place, law enforcement should intervene.

"It's very hard to restrict. It's very hard to regulate and it's very hard to police. So, yeah. Is it hard to police, yes. But if you see it, stop it. That's really the point of the law. If you see it, stop it. Don't invade privacy, don't do any of that, but if you see it, stop it," said Cuomo.

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