I’ve been a cop for nearly 40 years. For the last 20 of them, I’ve had the good fortune of being granted the platform, first at National Review Online, later at City Journal, Ricochet, and here at PJ Media, to write on behalf of my fellow police officers when their actions came under what I considered to be unfair criticism. Police work has grown more difficult since I began, all the more so when cops’ split-second decisions are scrutinized by an uninformed public after having been mischaracterized in the media, sometimes deliberately.
So it saddens me to observe some of the asininity on display among some of my fellow police officers in recent days as fear of the coronavirus pandemic brings the country to its knees. Reason and common sense have in some places been abandoned in favor of a level of social control rarely seen in any country that calls itself free, much less in the United States of America. Here in Southern California, we have seen police officers ticketing a surfer on an otherwise empty beach, citing people for sitting in parked cars while watching a sunset, and, in what may be the most farcical display of them all, using not just one but two boats to corral and arrest a lone paddleboarder off the coast of Malibu.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) was seen out this weekend sporting a face mask as a good example to her constituents.
Or maybe not.
The New York Times on Tuesday reported: “The numbers the health officials showed President Trump were overwhelming. With the peak of the coronavirus pandemic still weeks away, he was told, hundreds of thousands of Americans could face death if the country reopened too soon.”
These numbers, many millions of infections, hundreds of thousands of deaths, were ones that “health officials” had been spreading through a sensation-hungry media for some time. Together with a poll question that framed the choice just so, they had already helped produce another set of numbers: “Voters overwhelmingly preferred to keep containment measures in place over sending people back to work prematurely.”
MODESTO (CBS 13) — The coronavirus outbreak is forcing funeral homes to make tough changes that make it hard for families to mourn their loved ones.
CBS13 has heard from families all over Northern California who aren’t allowed to say a final goodbye inside a funeral home. It’s heartbreaking, but funeral home staff are on the front lines and need protection.
“It’s really a heart-wrenching challenge never ever faced before,” said Jon Salas, the owner of Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel in Modesto.
Salas Brothers is the funeral home that my family’s always used. I bet they’ve buried a couple dozen of my relatives including my father and grandparents and they’ll be the ones to bury my mother.
Maine’s Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols has a strong message for the Governor of Maine, Janet Mills, who issued “stay-at-home” orders with threats of police punishment if not followed. Sheriff Nichols issued a statement on the Franklin County Facebook page saying in no uncertain terms he will not follow the unconstitutional order.
“We will not be setting up a Police State. PERIOD,” he wrote. “The Sheriff’s Office will not purposefully go out and stop vehicles because they are on the road or stop and ask why people are out and about. To do so puts our officers at risk. This is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia where you are asked for your papers!”
(CNN) — The US federal prison system will move to a heightened state of lockdown as it fights the spread of coronavirus behind bars, the Bureau of Prisons announced.
Beginning Wednesday, inmates will be confined to their cells for a two-week period, with exceptions for certain programs and services like mental health treatment and education.
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Sacramento church is firing back after health officials said it’s members have defied the stay home order, resulting in 71 of them testing positive for coronavirus.
As CBS13 reported Thursday, the Sacramento County Health Department said members of the Bethany Slavic Missionary Church continued to meet in small groups despite the stay home order.
Coronavirus stay-at-home orders that went into effect on March 20 have reduced vehicle collisions on California roadways by roughly half, according to a UC Davis survey that is the first to estimate the impact of the extraordinary health orders on traffic.
The owner of a New York City bar has been arrested for allegedly violating the social distancing order after police found at least a dozen people inside, drinking and gambling.
As bars and restaurants across the city and state have been ordered to extend their closure to April 15 to stop the spread of the coronavirus, police say they discovered the speakeasy at 354 Kings Hwy in Brooklyn on Saturday.
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A gender reveal party mishap in Grant-Valkaria sparked a brush fire that burned 10 acres last weekend — and the Florida Forest Service has issued a notice of violation, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.
The fast-moving blaze — which threatened two nearby homes — was triggered by Tannerite, an explosive rifle target used for shooting practice, a FFS incident report said.
After more than 50 years of failed attempts, the U.S. military may be on the verge of ending its love affair with brass-cased ammunition, something that predates the Spanish-American War.
Traditional brass has dominated military small-arms ammunition since U.S. troops stormed up San Juan Hill, Cuba, in 1898. The robust material performs well in the violent, super-heated space of weapon chambers during firing, but its sheer weight has always been a problem for infantrymen and logisticians alike.
With all the extra crap these kids have to carry compared to when most of us was in the military, I don’t think a pound or two saved here is going to make much of a difference.
An ex-convict already out on bail for allegedly threatening a Riverside high school and weapons violations is now accused of kidnapping and robbing his ex-girlfriend in Rialto, then using her cellphone to post explicit images of the woman on her own social media sites and making death threats to her 7-year-old child earlier this week, officials said Sunday.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — More than 3,500 rental cars are damaged or destroyed after a fire near a southwest Florida airport.
Back in 2014, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 207, which banned grocery stores from offering customers “single-use” carryout bags. Permanent implementation was delayed by a November 2016 voter referendum, Proposition 67, which unsuccessfully attempted to repeal the measure. Today it is well-established law.
The only way SB 207 was sold to the grocery industry was through an incentive that permitted them to keep the 10 cents per “reusable” bag that they would be required to charge customers.