Texas Official Hidalgo Mandated Everyone Wear Mask – Police Push Back

Houston, Texas: “County Judge” Lina Hidalgo of Harris County announced that they have mandated that every person over the age of 10 wear a mask in public or be faced with a $1,000 fine and 180 days in jail. It follows an order in Laredo, and Willacy County which also requires everyone to wear one or face a $1000 fine.  The Houston Police Union pushed back to say they don’t have the personnel to enforce such a Draconian measure.

(A county judge in this case is a county official, not a judge on the bench who makes rulings.)

Photo via HoustonPublicMedia.org

Other members of the Houston city council disagreed with the new policy:

“I don’t like being put into this position. If [Judge Hidalgo] asks me to put on a hazmat suit, do I have to put on a hazmat suit?” asked Councilman Greg Travis, who used his own breathing condition as an example. “Some things should be left to people because they know their individual conditions and individual situations.” ABC13

The Houston Police Union pushed back hard, saying they were stretched too thin to enforce such a “draconian order.”

“Everyone should be wearing a mask in public, I wear 1 everyday. But making not wearing 1 punishable by law, and asking our officers to enforce it, will do irreparable damage to our relationship with the community. We are already stretched too thin without having to enforce this…” Joe Gamaldi, President, HPOU

“HPOU response to @LinaHidalgoTX draconian mask order: Now we want to be very clear, HPOU believes everyone should be wearing a mask in public, in order to protect themselves from the virus and we are encouraging all of our officers to wear a mask. However, we draw the line…” Houston Police Officer’s Union


Making the wearing of a mask punishable by a fine and jail time that police would have to enforce is going way too far. With homicides up 35% since the beginning of the year in Houston, they simply can’t waste time enforcing  the mandate.  And Mr. Gamaldi is correct, it would drastically destroy their relationship to the public… which is already suffering from the lockdown.

The new “law” that she “mandated” comes as Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been working with state officials to reopen the Texas economy.

“On the same day Harris County Commissioner’s Court plans to close the $60 million-dollar pop-up hospital at NRG Park, because it wasn’t needed, Judge Lina Hidalgo orders anyone over the age of 10 to wear a mask in public. Her abuse of the use of executive orders is the ultimate government overreach. These kind of confused government policies fuel public anger – and rightfully so.” Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick 

Rep Dan Crenshaw tweeted his negative response to Hidalgo as well:

“No. No. No.

Should guidelines for masks in confined spaces be emphatically promoted? Absolutely.

But we will NEVER support 180 days in jail or $1,000 fine for not wearing a mask.

Do not let commonsense guidelines lead to unjust tyranny.” Rep Dan Crenshaw

We’ve let it happen all across the US, Rep. Crenshaw. It’s past time to reverse it.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children


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