Amyiah Cohoon returned home from hospital in March 2020, after being treated for fever and difficulty breathing, and posted on Instagram that she had Covid.
“Hey guys… sorry I took a long break.” I won’t be coming back for long because of me [now] having the Covid-19 virus, ”she wrote.
No cases had been recorded in his county of Wisconsin at the time, reports the Washington Post, and “concerned citizens” started calling local authorities.
A sheriff’s sergeant came to his family and told Mrs Cohoon’s father: “If [the post] don’t come down, the sheriff ordered me to issue citations for disorderly conduct, if not to start taking people to jail, ”the dash-cam video showed. “Because it disturbs the public. “
Although the post was abolished, Ms Cohoon’s family filed a federal complaint against the threat the following month, against the sheriff’s office.
A federal judge ruled on Friday that the sheriff’s office violated Ms Cohoon’s right to free speech, whether or not she contracted Covid.
Ms Cohoon had fallen with a fever and cough and began to have difficulty breathing, court records show. She was diagnosed with an ‘acute upper respiratory infection’, and although doctors said her symptoms matched those of Covid, she was not eligible to be tested for the virus.
Lawyer Luke Berg, who represented Ms Cohoon, told the Washington Post : « It’s a very strong statement… that cops can’t control social media. ”