Calif. officer says he was fired for refusing to enforce stay-at-home order

Former officer Jordan Duncan was allegedly fired for refusing to close non-essential businesses


Lodi News-Sentinel

LODI, Calif. — A Lodi police officer says he was fired for not enforcing the states’ stay-at-home order.

Former Officer Jordan Duncan only worked with the police department for four months. The details of the incident aren’t clear, but city officials confirm an April separation date. They would not go as far as to say that Duncan was fired.

Former Lodi, Calif. police officer Jordan Duncan alleges he has been fired for refusing to enforce the state's stay-at-home order. (Photo/GoFundMe)
Former Lodi, Calif. police officer Jordan Duncan alleges he has been fired for refusing to enforce the state's stay-at-home order. (Photo/GoFundMe)

Officials did point to a recent ruling which calls the stay-at-home order “lawful,” and said police officers can’t choose which laws to enforce.

A GoFundMe campaign for Duncan’s family has surpassed $25,000 in 24 hours. The money was raised after he says he was fired for ultimately refusing to enforce the shelter-in-place order.

"Officer Duncan sacrificed his own livelihood instead of ruining the lives of civilians and small business owners and shutting down churches with the enforcement he would be required to execute under orders from his superiors," the GoFundMe page reads. " Let's show this courageous officer just how much we appreciate his stand, his honor, and his sacrifice."

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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