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Some U.S. police resist enforcing coronavirus mask mandates


Tom Fox – Associated Press

FILE - In this June 30, 2020 file photo, a Dallas police officer wears a protective mask while arriving to be tested for COVID-19 at the Dallas Police Association office in Dallas. As more states are enacting requirements for people to wear masks to curb a surge of coronavirus cases, they're facing resistance from the police expected to enforce those orders.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Lang Holland, the chief of police in tiny Marshall, Arkansas, said he thinks the threat of the coronavirus has been overstated and only wears a face mask if he's inside a business that requires them. He doesn't make his officers wear them either.

So the day after Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed an order requiring masks to be worn in public throughout Arkansas, Holland made it clear his department wasn't going to enforce the mandate in the Ozarks town of about 1,300, calling it an unconstitutional overreach.

"All I'm saying is if you want to wear a mask, you have the freedom to choose that," said Holland, who said he supports President Donald Trump. "It should not be dictated by the nanny state."


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