Snitching is the way to go when it comes to social distancing anyway – people are reporting offenders, and now the police are cracking down everywhere. Cops across the country tell TMZ … that they have been inundated with complaints about large rallies where people clearly challenge security precautions against coronaviruses. How flooded? A NYPD spokesperson said, “The cops visited tens of thousands of locations during their social distancing patrols and also answered thousands of 311 calls. “ We are also told that from March 17 to April 8, they arrested 13 people and issued 61 tickets. Bear in mind, Gov. Cuomohas given the green light to fines of $ 1,000 for violations, so … this is not a cheap ticket. We are told that the people who were arrested showed reckless disregard for social distancing and refused to listen to police orders. Despite the crowd in Central Park last weekend … the cops say the majority of NYers follow the rules, or adhere quickly when officers remind them to keep the 6-foot spacing.
There were NO arrests or contraventions in L.A. County this past weekend … but our law enforcement sources tell us the city’s attorney is examining 37 allegation cases. social distancing violations. So there might be quotes to come. We are told that Los Angeles cops are trying to avoid hitting people with expensive tickets right now because people are out of work and struggling during the pandemic. Much like NY, we are told that the cops in Los Angeles mostly see people following orders when they are told to disperse. Suitably, Chicago is in the middle of L.A. and the Big Apple. CPD spokesperson Maggie Huynh says they made 3 arrests and published 11 social unrest quotes last week – but also had to break up the rallies more than 1,500 times.
Looks like Miami, at least, is recovering from Florida spring break madness because Miami-Dade PD says they made an arrest, but not for social distancing. We are told that he was a recreational boater anchored in a restricted area due to pandemic closings. There is also good news in New Orleans – a COVID-19 hot spot – where the NOPD says it has released a “minimal” number of citations since March 20. While the crowd seems downright dangerous from the point of view of the spread of the virus, these scenes have a limited scope … at least according to the police, these are limited events. So keep it up in America, and for scattered knuckles – the cops are watching, just like your neighbors snitching.