A reprobate Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to impose draconian fines and jail time for mask-policy violators.
The all-Democrat board approved the mask-policy ordinance at an “emergency” meeting in which the public was denied participation. Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Jim Hingeley, supported his fellow Democrats in the implementation of the new law, making sure it had sufficient penalties to ensure compliance.
Some Class 3 and Class 4 misdemeanors in the original draft ordinance were increased to Class 1 misdemeanors, which carry up to $2500 fines and up to a year in jail:
Penalty for violation of Section 5. A violation of Section 5 by the owner or tenant of the private property on which the gathering is located, is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. A violation of Section 5 by any person attending the gathering, after first being warned by a law enforcement officer to disperse from the gathering because it exceeds the limitation for a gathering and having failed to disperse after a reasonable period of time not to exceed two minutes, is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.
In addition to the despicably punitive nature of the decree, there are HIPPA issues galore.
The text mandates those claiming a “medical” exemption from masking-up, must document—in advance—their underlying medical condition:
Wearing face covering poses certain risks. Persons for whom wearing a face covering poses a bona fide and substantial mental or physical health risk, such as persons who have trouble breathing, or poses a safety or security risk to persons who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance. For this exception to apply to any person claiming that wearing a face covering poses a substantial mental or physical health risk: (i) the person must present a valid document from a physician or other health care practitioner licensed, accredited, or certified to perform specified health care services, including mental health services, consistent with State law, specifying the medical necessity for not wearing a face covering and the date on which the person may begin wearing a face covering again; and (ii) the public place is unable to provide goods, services, or activities outdoors to the person or to the adult accompanying a child 10 years of age or under.
Mr. Hingeley insisted that such documentation would not be accepted after the “offense,” so as to ensure efficient enforcement and by extension, successful prosecution of malefactors.
Initial administration will fall to so-called “ambassadors,” who likely will be contracted through a third-party security firm.
Albemarle County’s ordinance was commended by University of Virginia President, Jim Ryan, and later was mirrored by Charlottesville City Council (who passed a slightly less punitive version).
The new ordinance may be downloaded here.
Watch Rob Schilling’s Facebook LIVE analysis of the ordinance:
Draconian indeed however I do not see Albemarle Police enforcing these measures. It’s clearly unconstitutional to disallow someone charged to provide evidence after the fact. Blocking someone from access to specific public places is one thing. Using legislation to bludgeon people into compliance is another. At some point police forces are going to sit on their hands and tell these politically elected activists to do out and enforce the laws they pass themselves.
It’s unfortunate that legislation is needed to “bludgeon” some people “into compliance” so that they don’t literally and unnecessarily endanger the lives of their fellow citizens. But that’s what’s necessary when they have such reprobate minds that they consider their “freedom” more important than loving their neighbors.
To bad the reprobates who think their first amendment rights includes blocking streets while hurling objects at private and government vehicles or trashing them completely don’t get equally bludgeoned. Those people are really concerned about public safety, NOT. Do you think this same county board would be arresting leftist protesters jammed together in the streets with or without masks?
I don’t approve of everything local protesters have done, and I agree that local governments tend to be hypocritical. But I haven’t heard of any leftist violence here either.
Herman Cain is dead and even Trump has now worn a mask. Time to get real?
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