Sheriff in Maine Refuses to Enforce Governor’s Stay-At-Home Orders

April 6, 2020 at 2:11 am




“This is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia where you are asked for your papers!” sheriff says. “We will not be setting up a police state. PERIOD.”





“The Sheriff’s Office will not purposefully go out and stop vehicles because they are on the road or stop and ask why people are out and about … This is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia where you are asked for your papers!” wrote Sheriff Scott Nichols of Franklin County, Maine, on Facebook this week.

Nichols’ post was written in response to Governor Janet Mills, who recently issued “stay-at-home” orders with threats of police punishment for disobeying.

“What we will take action on, if needed – are those rare situations where there are a lot of people overtly hanging out in public – obviously in defiance of the Governor’s order. Even in that case – we will first educate and try to disperse the group. We will avoid arrests unless absolutely necessary.”

He goes on to suggest he does not recognize the governor’s executive orders as lawful, saying it is his job to “uphold the Constitution” and arrest people only for “unlawful acts.”


Nichol’s concluded the brave decree with the note “Of the People, For the People.”

Make sure to call your local sheriff and tell him or her you expect the same protections.