Tallahassee, Fla–Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tallahassee Police Department has issued a statement on Facebook, saying that they are officially canceling all criminal activity until further notice.
In the Facebook post, the police stated, “While everyone is doing their part to maintain social distancing, we are now asking criminals to do the same. TPD is officially canceling all criminal activity until further notice.”
“Thank you for your cooperation. However, we are asking everyone to continue doing the#9PMRoutine every day. #stopcrime #nomorecriminalactivity #lockyourdoors #removevaluablesfromyourcar
The Tallahassee Police Department did mark the post as simply being funny, however, writing “***THIS IS JUST A LITTLE HUMOR*** We are conducting law enforcement activities as normal. This is our nightly #9PMRoutine.”
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On a less humorous note, the FBI has put out an alert. It warns law enforcement about racist groups purposely trying to infect cops, people of color and Jews with the coronavirus.
In the alert that was obtained by ABC News from the FBI’s New York Office, it warned that “members of extremist groups are encouraging one another to spread the virus, if contracted, through bodily fluids and personal interactions.”
The alert went out last week. It informed local police agencies that the extremists may use spray bottles to spread fluids to cops on the street. Unfortunately, police can’t work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The groups also encouraged members to spread the virus to Jewish people. How? By going to “any place they may be congregated, to include markets, political offices, businesses and places of worship.”
Executive Vice President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association and ABC News contributor, Don Mihalek, said:
“Anti-government folks in America love to target law enforcement as a symbol of America’s authority. It’s just sad that that’s their focus at a time of crisis in the nation.”
The head of Secure Communities Network, Michael Masters, also had a few words about the situation, saying:
“From pushing the idea that Jews created the coronavirus virus to sell vaccines to encouraging infected followers to try to spread the illness to the Jewish community and law enforcement, as the coronavirus has spread, we have observed how white-supremacists, neo-Nazis, and others have used this to drive their own conspiracy theories, spread disinformation and incite violence on their online platforms.”
Masters continued, “While the world faces a deadly pandemic, it’s a stark reminder that certain groups–notably the Jewish community and law enforcement–must also continue the battle against those who wish to hurt or kill them. As the economic situation remains fragile and civil society disrupted, the potential for the followers of hate to act becomes more likely and more deadly.”
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