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Officer Greg Anderson has served the Port of Seattle for several years, but he’s off the job for now after posting a video encouraging his fellow officers to use their discretion and not enforce “tyrannical” social distancing or stay-at-home orders. The video, posted on May 7th, quickly gained attention on social media, drawing both praise and criticism for his blunt talk about Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home orders.
“I want to remind you that regardless of where you stand on the coronavirus, we don’t have the authority to do those things to people just because a mayor or a governor tells you otherwise,” he says. “We don’t get to violate people’s Constitutional rights because somebody in our chain of command tells us otherwise.”
Anderson said he was disturbed at the implication people would be violating the law by “going to church, for traveling on the roadways, for going surfing, opening their businesses, going to the park with their families or doing nails out of their own house using their own house as a place of business.”