Sheriff James Mendrick of DuPage County, IL posted a message to Governor Pritzker on Facebook. Discussing the governor’s lockdown and orders to arrest people violating such orders, Mendrick wrote:
“I just can’t do this anymore. I stand with our citizens and businesses of DuPage County who have offered no trouble or no resistance to any rule we put upon them, no matter how strange.”
Pointing out that Illinois has had its share of law enforcement officers treating citizens badly, Mendrick pointed out that Pritzker has called for officers to think before they act. In this case, thinking led Mendrick to a conclusion that contradicts the governor’s orders.
“All these years, you have told us that you want law enforcement that thinks before arresting, doesn’t violate your rights and treats their citizens with decency. Now you have that and are asking us to regress into what you didn’t want and didn’t deserve. Please let us be the law enforcement you always asked us to be. Non-oppressive.”
The sheriff’s missive won’t win him any friends in Springfield, but it’s a sure thing that the citizens of DuPage County are happy to have him as the top cop in their area during these strange times.