Coronavirus Pandemic Creates a New Criminal Class in America; Father Arrested for Playing Outside (VIDEO); Teenager Cited for Leisurely Drive

By WND. The coronavirus pandemic has created a new class of criminals in America.

Among them are fathers playing T-ball with his young daughter, the hosts of a wedding and a woman out for a drive.

USA Today reported Pennsylvania state police cited 19-year-old Anita Lynn Shaffer for taking a drive. They allege she was in violation of a stay-at-home order for York County, which allows “outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running” but only if it’s “essential.” . . .

WND columnist Michelle Malkin wrote about the father in Brighton, Colorado, who was “handcuffed in an empty park by three police officers for playing T-ball with his 6-year-old daughter and wife.”

“While children’s swings and slides are now crime scenes, golf courses and pickleball courts in my city are wide open,” she wrote. “Weed and booze stores are considered ‘essential.’ Ice cream, dessert joints and fast-food outlets with takeout and delivery services are still operating. But family-owned, sit-down restaurants that have been staples in our community have been forced to shut their doors after decades in business.” (Read more from “Coronavirus Pandemic Creates a New Criminal Class in America” HERE)

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Former Police Officer Arrested in Park for Throwing Ball With Daughter Due to Coronavirus Social Distancing Rules

By ABC News. In an incident caught on video, a former Colorado State Patrol trooper said he was handcuffed in front of his 6-year old daughter on a near-empty softball field Sunday by Brighton police officers enforcing social distancing rules. The department apologized Tuesday afternoon, calling the incident an “overreach by our police officers.” . . .

Police arrived soon after, Mooney said, telling him and others in the area to leave because the park was closed.

Mooney said he told officers that he was familiar with the posted rules and believed he and his family were in compliance and practicing proper social distancing. He said he refused to provide his identification when officers asked for it because he had not broken any law.

“Well, they didn’t like that idea. They then proceeded to make a threat against me saying, ‘If you don’t give us your identification, if you don’t identify yourself, we’re going to put you in handcuffs in front of your 6-year-old daughter.'”

Mooney said officers handcuffed him and placed him in a patrol car for about 10 to 15 minutes while they phoned a supervisor for guidance. The incident was captured on cellphone footage by former Brighton City Councilman Kirby Wallin. (Read more from “Former Police Officer Arrested in Park for Throwing Ball With Daughter Due to Coronavirus Social Distancing Rules” HERE)

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Police Cite Woman for Going on Leisurely Drive During Pennsylvania Stay-At-Home Order

By USA Today. Pennsylvania State Police cited 19-year-old Anita Lynn Shaffer for violating a stay-at-home for York County after police say she went a leisurely drive on March 29.

Shaffer is the only person in the Commonwealth to be cited under the state’s disease control and prevention act of 1955, spokesman Ryan Tarkowski said on Friday. Troopers have issued two warnings in other areas of the state.

A leisurely drive is not essential travel, Tarkowski said.

State police initially pulled over Shaffer for a vehicle code violation, Tarkowski said. He declined to give more details, saying it would be inappropriate, but “the trooper’s decision was based on the totality of the circumstances.” . . .

The citation will cost Shaffer more than $200. (Read more from “Police Cite Woman for Going on Leisurely Drive During Pennsylvania Stay-At-Home Order” HERE)

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