Sheriffs object to Washington’s COVID mask mandate

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — At least two sheriff’s in Washington are objecting to Gov. Jay Inslee’s statewide mandate for people to wear masks in public to slow the spread of coronavirus. On Tuesday Lewis County Sheriff Robert Snaza told a crowd: “Don’t be a sheep.” Snaza was talking about Inslee’s face covering directive, which te governor announced earlier this week. And on Wednesday, Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer also blasted Inslee’s order in an interview with Oregon Public Broadcasting. Songer called the governor an “idiot” and said he’s “overstepping his bounds, violating people’s constitutional rights.”  Inslee said it was disappointing that any law enforcement officer would encourage illegal behavior. The order making masks mandatory takes effect Friday. A violation is a misdemeanor.