Charleston County Sheriff Cannon stressed today the need for the public to heed the safety and health warnings given by local officials. At a press conference given today by local public officials, city and county leaders urged the public to stay home during this corona virus pandemic. Sheriff Al Cannon said, “it’s not about you, you may go out to a party and have a great time, but when you make the decision to gather… you may have sentenced your parents… your grandparents, your elderly neighbors.. because you went out and had a good time.”
Sheriff Cannon also stated, “law enforcement ought not be in the business of forcing someone to stay home… but we will do that if the order and direction comes forth to do that.”
As of today the CDC has issued no mass isolation directive or protocol to the public. Local leaders have taken it in their hands to order, curfews, and mass city, county isolations. No such steps has even been ordered by Governor McMaster or his office.
Local leaders are stepping in the direction of Marshal Law, and violations of the U.S. CONSTITUTION’S BILL OF RIGHTS.
What is Marshal Law? Martial law is the imposition of direct military control of normal civilian functions by a government, especially in response to a temporary emergency such as invasion or major disaster, or in an occupied territory. Typically, the imposition of martial law accompanies curfews; the suspension of civil law, civil rights, and habeas corpus; and the application or extension of military law or military justice to civilians. Civilians defying martial law may be subjected to military tribunal (court-martial).
Martial Law was last used during the Civil Rights Movement in the South.
Public and Local leaders are skimming the edge of violating aspects of the Bill of Rights such as a person’s Liberty, and their right to move about freely. It is true that due to the current virus that one must take certain precaution, but can Public and Local leaders violate a persons freedom? A person from the CDC stated to us that they have not issued any directive to place curfews or mass isolations. They even stated that this virus would not simply stop between the hours of 11pm and 6am. He stressed that it was more important to ensure the need for proper care of one’s self, such as proper washing of hands, staying at a 6 foot distance and if you feel ill stay home.
Sheriff Cannon may simply be stating that his office would follow directions given to him by Local or State Officials, but he must remember his oath was to the people of Charleston and South Carolina. He has a duty not to enforce unconstitutional laws or ordinances given by these leaders, which would violate their protected right.
Oath of Office: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I am duly qualified, according to the Constitution of this State, to exercise the duties of the office to which I have been elected, (or appointed), and that I will, to the best of my ability, discharge the duties thereof, and preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of this State and of the United States. So help me God.”
Additional Oath for Deputies in South Carolina: “I further solemnly swear (or affirm) that during my term of office as county deputy, I will study the act prescribing my duties, will be alert and vigilant to enforce the criminal laws of the State and to detect and bring to punishment every violator of them, will conduct myself at all times with due consideration to all persons and will not be influenced in any matter on account of personal bias or prejudice. So help me, God.”