Today, I addressed the peaceful protests that have been assembling across Orange County.
I am a firm supporter of our first amendment rights and I am very grateful that we live in a country where we have the right to assemble. We are protected by law when expressing our grievances to injustices in a peaceful and civil manner.
I do not support looting or violence - it undermines the purpose of these protests in the first place. I urge my #OC neighbors to treat each other with respect and dignity, not just during these though times, but always. Through that we honor our constitution and our nation’s foremost values.
*The driver of the vehicle that sped through protesters in Newport Beach has been identified as a local resident. ... See moreSee less
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Thank you to our leaders and police who keep us safe!
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Looters are not protestors. It's unfortunate you put them in the same post! Maybe you tell your campaign managers to do better! Also what are you doing about the sheriff deputy wearing alt-right extremist anti-government militia patches on his official gear when he heads out to provide security at peaceful protests?
Dear Supervisor Steel,
I am writing to request your timely and effective action to ensure that binding laws are in place and upheld in our home, Orange County, to prosecute any and every instance where a violation of abuse of power or excessive force by law enforcement personnel is suspected that, directly or indirectly, results in the injury or death of person(s) by those performing their duties as law enforcement agents.
As you know, our federal government was structured in 3 distinct parts (legislative, executive and judicial) to ensure there were checks and balances to the potential abuse of power by any one or more of these parts. It is abundantly clear over the course of the existence of the United States of America, that law enforcement requires far more effective checks and balances than are currently in place, to provide a reasonable chance that they will not be allowed to abuse their power without being fully and effectively held accountable for such abuse.
I wish to believe, and I do, that the vast majority of police officers and law enforcement officials are honest, unprejudiced in the fulfillment of their duties, and would not, and do not, abuse their power. I believe this to be especially so at this time in Orange County. That, however, may not always be the case. People in these very positions of impact, change frequently, as does their leadership.
It would seem the dilemma of our officers and leaders, is to hold accountable their colleagues or employees, the very people they rely on, when everyone knows that law enforcement is often a difficult and dangerous job. Sheriffs. Chiefs of police. Desk sergeants. Duty partners. Internal affairs investigators. And, the district attorney, city council members and elected officials that look to endorsements from the police and fire department unions and auxiliaries during their reelection campaigns. The people in the above jobs, and others, are put in a position, through no fault of their own, that creates a glaring, dangerous potential conflict of interest in the performance of their sworn responsibilities to the public, the people they serve, when faced with a case where law enforcement individuals are suspected of abuse of power (excessive force), that results in serious injury or death of another in the fulfillment of those duties.
Perhaps, just perhaps, one option is to legislate oversight, investigation and prosecution of suspected abuse of power (excessive force), on the part of agents of law enforcement, to the state or federal government (eg Attorney General). That protocol would relieve local law enforcement and political leaders of that difficult, yet vitally important responsibility, and transfer it to highly visible and capable hands who have far less chance of having a conflict of interest in the fulfillment of this responsibility. And, perhaps, if such legislation were in place, there might far fewer occasions to need to act on it.
As a long time resident of Orange County, this is an extremely important issue to me and, I'm certain, to a large portion of voters in our county and our country today, including the vitally important, silent majority. I, once again, urge your serious and speedy consideration of and definitive action, to ensure far more reliable means, checks and balances to prevent and, more dependable and effective means by which to hold accountable, any local and state law enforcement personnel suspected, charged and/or convicted of abuse of power.
This current imbalance, this conflict of interest and use of excessive force will not go away by itself. It may subside for a short time but will come back, more often and with greater intensity and damage to law abiding citizens, communities and our country. Now, is the right time. Now, is the best time. Now, is THE time to make it right.
From an Episcopal priest in Tucson,
“This is an awful man (Trump), waving a book he hasn’t read, in front of a church he doesn’t attend, invoking laws he doesn’t understand, against fellow Americans he sees as enemies, wielding a military he dodged serving, to protect power he gained via accepting foreign interference, exploiting fear and anger he loves to stoke, after failing to address a pandemic he was warned about, and building it all on a bed of constant lies and childish inanity.
I have voted for people from all sides — this is not partisan. It is simply about recognizing the moral vacuum that is now pretending to lead.” Fr Robert Hendrickson
This morning at 8:30 a.m., I followed through on my promise to deliver the much needed CARES Act Funding directly to the mayors of the ten cites in my Second District so they can quickly get the funds to those small businesses who need it most. ... See moreSee less
Thank you Michelle for being an advocate for the people regarding the mask mandate. I appreciate you and Supervisor Wagner for continuing to be strongly against this.
I'm not going to wear a face mask no matter what the OC health director says.
She is now calling it "face covering" to try and make it more appeasing to the ear.
People are destroying our neighborhoods and getting away with it.....Does she want to destroy what's left of our businesses by making them turn non-face mask customers away and shaming good, law abiding citizens?
I WILL NOT COMPLY to this mandate.
We all mourn the unjust murder of George Floyd. In honoring his life, we cannot destroy our own communities, set things on fire, threaten the safety of our families or attack our incredible law enforcement officers.
We can express our grievances to injustices in a peaceful and civil manner, as our first amendment gives Americans the right to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. That right does not include rioting and looting. This must stop now. ... See moreSee less
The primary purpose of government is to protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Thank you for standing up to those who seek lawlessness.
Military! National guard! We need help! Call trump! Gavin won’t help he is with these people. In cahoots
When did you go out and talk with protestors? Show leadership like the Police Chief of Houston, the Mayor of Atlanta and all the others who are out listening, hugging, taking a knee and truly trying to understand?
I am aware of peaceful protests in San Clemente, Irvine and Laguna. Santa Ana and Huntington Beach were not 'peaceful' per se, however I am not aware of any significant property destruction. Where in OC is this directed?
You know these were planned attacks! Supplies for them were found in Huntington Beach and thankfully were removed. Go after the Soro’s , his organization is funding and hiring people for this!
End the looting and rioting! Enough is enough!
Yas! Michelle. Round them all up.
Hi Michelle, HB local here. While I agree with your sentiment and I am sure that you have the best intentions, I think that we should be careful about wording. This statement implies that the BLM protestors and looters belong to the same group. From what I have seen/read online the local protest organizers are actively against looting. There are separate agitators looking for an excuse to loot (as there always seem to be). Just as it is unfair for white supremacists to be used to represent the whole of Orange County, Huntington Beach, locals, or local business owners in the media, I don't think we should link the looters with the BLM group. Implying that their protest is linked with the violence will likely not be as conductive to getting them to the table to discuss their valid concerns. We should make it very clear that the looters don't represent the majority of Orange County residents who wish to protest peacefully. That way police can focus on arresting the looters. This isn't a criticism, just a suggestion, as I know that your intentions are in the right place.
If one business is touched, I will personally make sure the feckless politicians are thrown out of office. twitter.com/guzifbaby/status/1267163223272255488?s=21 CC: @OCGOP @DanaPtChamber @DanaPointTimes @OCDAToddSpitzer @MichelleSteelCA @MikeLevin @DarrellIssa @DNC
A great number of Orange County churches reopened today under my resolution the Board of Supervisors passed unanimously last Tuesday, declaring all places of worship as “Essential Services.”
What a glorious feeling it was to reunite in love and fellowship, and hear a beautiful message about The Day of Pentecost from Pastor Joe Pedick at Calvary Chapel of the Harbour in Huntington Beach.
Who knew how timely it would be to have our clergy from all faiths, unshackled to serve their communities as we experience civil unrest all around us, while still looking out for those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. We need our churches now more than ever!
I was pleased to present Pastor Joe with a commemorative copy of the resolution written in support of the Declaration of Essentiality that he and over 1400 hundred pastors signed and sent to the Governor. ... See moreSee less
THIS IS what many people need in a time of.... well... in this new time we are evolving in. OCBoS are to be comminded in all the efforts put forth to regain some normal daily activities....
SO timely! It is so wonderful to be able to go back to church and fellowship in person as it should be. Thank you for standing up for your constituents!
It was a good day in Church.
Thank you Michelle Steel giving a heartfelt message that the Church is the place where we find love, from God and fellowship.
It truly was a blessed day at the Harbour. 💜🙌🏻
Supervisor Michelle Steel, You are not a doctor or scientist. Please stop the immature arguing against our county health leaders. You sound childish to complain about the facial covering mandate when it has been proven to save lives. Majority of OC residents are adapting to wearing facial covering just fine. The small group of entitled citizens who do not want to be inconvenienced despite that it will protect others. The freedom to not wear a mask could literally place vulnerable people's lives at risk. If we want to keep our economy open, we must keep wearing facial coverings. #ListenToSciene #ActWithMaturity #EducateTheCommuniy #ProtectVulnerable
Any resolution letter is a waste of time. Public health decisions are based on evidence and data. I wish you would step up and use your voice to educate the community about the indicators we are shooting for with infection numbers rather than showboat about BS resolutions than means absolutely nothing.
Here are some facts. Democrats outnumber Republicans in OC now. The next local election will attract more voters who have never voted locally. People are waking up because of COVID. Now, more democrats really want you out. It is not too late to do better. #StepUp #StopTheShowboating
yes but they should not let the "resolutions" be the guiding factor.
This is all so over exaggerated.
What a beautiful example you are to this community!!!
Thank you for joining CCOTH this morning and leading the charge to reopen our churches!
It was so fulfilling to attend church today! Thank you Michelle!
Where were the OC elected officials last night? Not in front of our stores and homes protesting us. The OC GOP and DNC are feckless.
No need for Gov Tyrant
Thank you Michelle Steel. Praying for God to guide & protect you and your colleagues at BOS. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Amazing launch to watch. The number and quality of all the cameras was fantastic ! All the live coverage continues to be impressive, with views inside the space station and views of the earth below, which has the cleanest atmosphere in many decades.