I knew it would happen. Instead of flattening the curve, government officials are trying to stomp out COVID-19 altogether through isolation…come hell or high water.
In addition to being charged with violating a recent executive order barring such gatherings, the Kaufmans were also each hit with a half-dozen child endangerment counts since the couple’s six minor children were at the party.
Among the eight other adults charged with violating the emergency declaration was Michael Zimmerman, a 99-year-old resident of Lakewood, a south Jersey township.
Seriously? Child endangerment? And a 99-year-old man? What evidence is there that the children were in danger? Did the adults knowingly bring a person infected with COVID-19 into their home for a party?
And this is where ReasonableCitizens lose faith in the law and law enforcement. Laws are put in place to do one thing, and then they are used to do something else. The shutter-in laws were intended to flatten the curve. Now they are used to threaten families with child endangerment charges and arrest old men because they met with their family. What a mess!
Perhaps the police could have broken up the party and sent everyone home. Maybe the cops could have said everyone is under self-quarantine for two weeks. But no. Show a policeman a broken law, and he will deliver charges without regard for the circumstances.
The law was written to prevent large groups of strangers from gathering together in public or private. It was written to REDUCE the spread of the virus through public gatherings. But now it is applied to families who gather in the privacy of their homes.
The law is now interpreted to mean there will be ZERO tolerance of fraternization under any circumstances.
What hath WHO wrought?
What hath your overzealous government wrought?
What hath your law enforcement protocols wrought?