Sheriff Chad Bianco of the Riverside County (CA) Sheriff's Department said this week that he refuses to make criminals out of law-abiding business owners exercising their constitutional rights and providing for their families.

According to Fox News, a video of Bianco pleading his case before his county's Board of Supervisors—stating he would not enforce local coronavirus lockdown protocol—went viral on social media sites earlier this week.

"It's time to get back opening up our businesses and letting our people do what our normal business activities are," he said. "And, you know, you just can't arrest somebody for going out and exercising in public or not wearing a mask. You know, at the same time they are trying to force me to release real criminals from jail. They want me to make criminals out of law-abiding citizens that are, you know, trying to support a family. It doesn't make sense anymore."