(CBS4) – The policy director for the ACLU of Colorado says new rules being adopted by some local governments in the state that require face masks should be handled carefully. Denise Maes told CBS4 the new rules can be implemented much like the stay-at-home orders.

“A lot of people don’t want to be told what to do by the government and certainly the ACLU is very much in support,” Maes said.

“I think for now, however, it is founded in public health.”

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With that in mind, she says how the ordinances are enforced will be critical.

“We have to be careful of that and I certainly don’t want to create another law that puts people in jail or fines people some enormous amount of money so I hope there is careful, careful, careful enforcement,” Maes said.

The City of Boulder is among the municipalities which passed mask requirements, and Boulder Mayor Sam Weaver talked with CBS4 about their plans to ensure community compliance.

“Our hope is to be collaborative with our business community, use education first and any enforcement would probably be complaint-based,” Weaver said.

Maes said the ACLU will be watching it closely.

“(We’ll be) making sure that it still is properly connected to a good governmental purpose which for now is public health and safety,” she said.

The state’s requirement for essential workers to wear masks, as well as a resolution passed in Wheat Ridge — “ordering face coverings when entering critical busineses” — exclude those with health conditions such as asthma.

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  1. Smokie says:

    Something for the ACLU of Michigan to ponder, can’t you see the violation of Human & Constitutional rights or overreach by the Michigan governor? Why nothing from the ACLU of Michigan on this travesty?
    Human rights are moral principles or norms that describe certain standards of human behavior and are regularly protected as natural and legal rights in municipal and international law.
    They are commonly understood as inalienable, fundamental rights “to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being” and which are “inherent in all human beings”, regardless of their age, ethnic origin, location, language, religion, ethnicity, or any other status.
    They are applicable everywhere and at every time in the sense of being universal, and they are egalitarian in the sense of being the same for everyone.
    Some people might need to get a grip on the facts of the injustice being pushed on ‘we the people’ by the Michigan governor?
    *****************************************************
    **Universal Declaration of Human Rights**
    Article 3.
    “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person”.
    Article 5.
    “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.
    Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
    **AMENDMENT 14 United States Constitution**
    Passed by Congress June 13, 1866. Ratified July 9, 1868.
    Note: Article I, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by section 2 of the 14th amendment.
    Section 1.
    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
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    Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Article 3.
    “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person”.
    AMENDMENT 14 United States Constitution
    Section 1.
    “…nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”.
    Definition of liberty:
    1: the quality or state of being free:
    a: the power to do as one pleases
    b: freedom from physical restraint
    c: freedom from arbitrary or despotic control
    d: the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges
    e: the power of choice
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    This government has taken people’s liberty by forcing a mask on us.
    1. Forcing a mask is not being free.
    2. Forcing a mask is not giving people the power to do as they please within the law.
    3. Forcing a mask physically forcing a breathing restraint on people against their free will.
    4. Forcing a mask is arbitrarily controlling our free will.
    5. They certainly are taking people’s right to choose away.
    Now ill move on to the constitutional violations.
    Civil liberties are guarantees and freedoms that liberal governments commit not to abridge, either by legislation or judicial interpretation, without due process.
    If masks are not a clear violation of Human and Constitutional rights then rights don’t exist and why is the ACLU not protecting those rights?
    Governors are just hoping Trump will mandate Masks so they are covered from the liability coming from the overreach of power, Trump won’t do it, he understands its unethical violation of human and constitutional rights.

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