A spokesperson for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board acknowledged to KEPR Action News that two of its officers have obtained strain to cease citing eating places and bars who violate Gov. Jay Inslee’s order to discontinue indoor eating companies. Reports the TV Station
In one occasion, protestors allegedly camped out in entrance of an officers residence to point out their displeasure with the enforcement of the brand new orders. The spokesperson with the board additionally informed Action News that one other officer has obtained emails and textual content messages telling them to cease doing their job.
A video posted to Facebook reveals a person utilizing a mega cellphone in entrance of a house presumably belonging to an officer with the state liquor board. In the video, a number of persons are standing on the sidewalk holding American flags.
Liquor and Cannabis Board Communications Director, Brian Smith, mentioned, “It is unfortunate that there are misguided efforts by a handful of protestors to go to an LCB officer’s home to protest. Officer are just doing the job that is expected of them. The agency supports freedom of speech and peaceful protest, however sending texts, calling or protesting at LCB officer’s homes will not deter them from doing their jobs.”
The following is an announcement from the LCB on the matter:
It is the duty of the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) to implement these legal guidelines that fall underneath our purview. Per the Governor’s directive, our officers are educating licensees and serving to them stay in compliance. The overwhelming majority of liquor-licensed companies are in full compliance with the Governor’s directive regardless of the financial influence of doing so. Since the preliminary Stay Home, Stay Healthy order was issued in March, almost all licensees remained in compliance. Education has been sufficient to convey others into compliance. For these few outlying licensees who select to disregard the training offered by LCB officers, the LCB retains the flexibility to escalate penalties as much as the purpose of searching for an emergency suspension the place the company seeks to droop then revoke a license completely.
It is unlucky that there are misguided efforts by a handful of protestors to go to an LCB officer’s residence to protest. Officers are simply doing the job that’s anticipated of them. The company helps freedom of speech and peaceable protest, nonetheless sending texts, calling or protesting at LCB officer’s properties won’t deter them from doing their jobs.
The LCB will proceed finishing up our work to make sure Washington’s public well being and security legal guidelines are adopted. We know these have been very tough occasions for companies and we respect the overwhelming majority of companies which are following the Governor’s directive throughout this difficult time.