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RATS - Stop Snitching -- Reporting Your Neighbors for Violating Stay-At-Home Orders

David Cole, national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) stated: "All kinds of constitutional liberties are being constrained right now. They are restricted because there's a reason to restrict them. In a time like this, you have to defer substantially to public health experts." But does this mean that we should be ratting-out our neighbors for violating COVID-19 stay-at-home orders?
According to Reuters News "Law-abiding Germans are zealously helping police crack down on people flouting new social distancing rules aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus by reporting on strangers, neighbors and friends. In a country where denunciation was commonplace under the Communists in East Germany and Hitler's Nazis, police forces across the country are getting tip-offs on anything from "corona parties" to people driving to weekend cottages."

But it's not just Germany that is showing shades of the Nazis and the Stasi. Our state and local governments have set up an on-line reporting portal to allow people to report any business that is open in violation of the Governor's stay-at-home order. Police radio dispatch traffic has calls for officers to respond to city parks because someone is violating the stay-at-home order.

Have we gone too far?

Read the complete article here:  https://rainier-redoubt.blogspot.com/2020/04/rats-stop-snitching.html

Los Angeles mayor : Face coverings *mandatory* out in public 11.Apr.2020 16:38

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"If you're shopping for groceries, picking up a prescription or visiting any other essential business, and if you're not covering your face, by Friday morning, an essential business can refuse you service," Mayor Garcetti says.