ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Douglas County District Attorney is speaking out about a newly formed group that defies Gov. Kate Brown's COVID-19 restrictions and has created a list of those who report violators.
Rick Wesenberg released a statement Wednesday evening that denounced Citizens Against Tyranny. He wrote: "I will not participate in or sign on to the Citizens Against Tyranny’s ill-intended approach to this difficult issue. Public shaming and banning of certain 'listed' Douglas County citizens is offensive to our democracy and the due process of law. It’s simply not who we are in Douglas County."
Citizens Against Tyranny is a group that started a website in December. The group claims the governor's COVID-19 restrictions are infringing on small businesses. But the controversy isn't the group's opinion, it's the list they made of those who report violators to the Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Administration.
"This kind of response to the COVID-19 crisis, its impact on the health of our community and individual financial difficulties, is not the answer," Wesenberg said in his statement. "Our Board of Commissioners have and continue to carefully walk a path to balance those competing crises and have exemplified a balanced response to the issue."
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners has also condemned the list.