ECTOR COUNTY, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis will host a news conference Tuesday morning.
Sheriff Mike Griffis took the morning to discuss recent arrests at a local bar.
He began by stating he wants businesses to reopen as much as anyone, but what occurred Monday at the bar, was a “show of force” and not a protest.
“This was not a protest of their second amendment rights, it was a show of force to ensure that this lady could violate the Governor’s order,” Sheriff Griffis said.
In total, seven people were arrested at the business Monday.
As you may recall, Gov. Greg Abbott declared that some businesses would be able to reopen at 25 percent capacity, amid the COVID-19 outbreak. However, certain businesses like bars and gyms were prohibited from opening in the phased plan.
But what was intended to be a peaceful protest at Big Daddy Zane’s Bar Monday, quickly turned into an active scene as the ECSO arrived.
“I’m ready for everything to open up,” Griffis said. “I don’t agree with everything Governor Abbott does, I don’t agree with everything the legislature does, (there are) some really ridiculous things that go on down there but he is our duly elected Governor and this is the order he has put forth for what he believes is the safety of the citizens of this state.”
Griffis says they are working closely with the TABC on the incident and noted that while the property the group was on belonged to the bar owner, due to TABC regulations, weapons were not permitted.
Some of the charges include, places weapons prohibited and violating the Governor’s order.