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Is it wrong for the police to arrest people who are not social distancing?

Police departments across the nation have been criticized by both sides of the aisle for their uneven and heavy-handed enforcement of social distancing policies. In recent weeks, videos have been posted on social media showing police officers roughly arresting people. In one case, a New York Police Department officer is seen beating a man while kneeling on his head as the officer arrested him for violating local social distancing policies. Conservatives have cried foul at rough enforcement from police wearing riot gear during protests calling for states to reopen. However, government and health officials say that some level of requirement is needed—these policies are in place to protect and save lives. People who choose to violate these orders are actively putting others at risk, not just themselves. 

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Videos like this from across the United States have made the rounds on social media. They show a pattern of heavy-handed enforcement of social distancing policies, often against Black and Latino communities. However, what's unique about this particular moment, is that conservative and typically White protesters have also been subjected to police enforcement and arrest.

They argue that enforcement should be focused on educating people and helping them more effectively protect themselves, instead of arresting and attacking them for non-compliance with orders. 

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However, not everyone sees it the same way. While no one is supporting police brutality, some measure of enforcement is clearly necessary because people are not following the policies. Social distancing is not about any single individual. It is a collective act designed to preserve our community and save lives, and which requires collective and active participation. 

To flout a social distancing order is to actively put your fellow community members at risk. We don't accept that type of risky behavior in day to day life, so why accept it during a pandemic? There is no right to engaged someone else's life. 

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NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea defended how his officers were acting during a press conference, arguing it is extreme times and they are trying their best.

“I will push back strongly on any notion that this is business as usual for the NYPD, or that this is ‘racist policing,’” Commissioner Dermot Shea said Wednesday at de Blasio’s news conference. “I think this could not be anything further from the truth.”
Some of the videos were “incredibly disheartening” and “frankly disturbing," Shea conceded. At least one confrontation is being investigated internally.
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