An Arkansas sheriff’s department says it will not enforce vaccine mandates on its staff after the Biden administration last week issued Covid-19 vaccination requirements through the US Labor Dept.
In a statement released via social media Friday, Cleburne County Sheriff Chris Brown rejected the imposition of vaccine mandates, which he compared to “dictator-like” behavior. “I am appalled at some of the absolute dictator-like things we are seeing from the Federal Government, and several of the State Governments,” Sheriff Brown wrote.
“It is absolute tyranny, and completely abhorrent. It flies in the face of everything our country has always stood for, and is only furthering the damage and division done to the people of this wonderful nation.”
Brown says vaccines come down to a matter of personal choice and freedom.
“It is in that defense and the defense of individual liberty that the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office has not, and will not mandate the COVID vaccine for any of our employees,” Sheriff Brown declared. “Just like with the flu shot, their choice to get vaccinated or not is theirs and theirs alone, and we respect their decisions.”