(UnitedVoice.com) – COVID-19 is exploding across the United States passing the 176,000 reported case mark on March 31, 2020. It pays no respect to age, race, sex, religion or job, including the nation’s police forces. It’s why President Trump considered a quarantine of the Tri-State area of New York City, before eventually deciding against that measure at this time.
I am giving consideration to a QUARANTINE of developing “hot spots”, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. A decision will be made, one way or another, shortly.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the medical face of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, has made the statement that there is the potential for 100,000-200,000 deaths in America before this is all over. To put that number in perspective, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates between 20,000-40,000 deaths from influenza during the 2019-2020 season.
The Blue Line Gets Thinner
Police forces around the country have been hit hard by COVID-19. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is reporting that 12% of its workforce is currently sick. In Detroit, the number exceeds 20%. And that is for the actual officers, not the total numbers of employees.
Police and Soldiers at Work
Some states are going so far as to monitor traffic coming across their borders, others intend to use their National Guard forces in door-to-door searches. Florida, for example, is stopping all vehicles (except semi-trucks) coming in from Alabama along Interstate-10 to check license plates and interview passengers. Anybody from Louisiana is ordered into a 14-day self-quarantine. Ignoring that order risks a misdemeanor charge.
Because of it’s proximity to NYC, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said they will be stopping any cars with New York plates to get contact information and to tell occupants they must observe the same sort of quarantine as Florida imposes on visitors from Louisiana. She took it a large step beyond that when she added “the National Guard will work with local law enforcement to go ‘door-to-door’ in the state’s coastal communities” to identify residents of the city.
One is left to question: If the police cannot perform their duty of keeping citizens safe from unrest due to stay-at-home orders or in the event of food or medication shortages, then who will? The state governments cannot allow anarchy or vigilantism to take hold, and that really leaves only one group that can possibly deal with it: the military.
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