Sheriff Alex Villanueva of Los Angeles County warned on Thursday that the authoritarians are exploiting COVID-19 rules as a means to secretly defund the police.

“[The Board of Supervisors’] incompetence is only outweighed by their hypocrisy!” “#FactsMatter,” Villaneuva tweeted on Thursday, with a photo of a firefighter’s suspension notice.

For refusing to comply with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s COVID mandate, the L.A. County fireman risks a five-day penalty.

“Due to the Department’s current staffing crisis, which is the result of the current COVID-19,” the letter adds, “your five (5) day suspension without pay will be served at a later date.” reports:The supervisors “need to actually follow their own advice,” Villanueva told the “Just the News” show on Thursday. “They keep saying that law enforcement has to deescalate and defuse tensions, and they did the exact opposite. They went and escalated it. They manufactured a crisis when there was none” by forcing sheriff’s deputies to get fired or vaccinated.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted last week to take the COVID mandate enforcement responsibilities away from Sheriff Villanueva, the Los Angeles Times reported. The sheriff has said since October that he would not enforce the county’s vaccine mandate.

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