(WatchDogNews.org) – COVID-19 is ravaging the US and it’s showing. On April 2, more than 1,000 people died in a single day in our country. Social distancing is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of the deadly virus, which is why many states are implementing measures to keep people safely separated. Unfortunately, 15 people in one state did not obey an order to stay away from large gatherings and they’re now facing charges.
— Ocean County Prosecutor's Office (@OCPONJ) April 2, 2020
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order in March banning large gatherings, including funerals. In a statement, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said Lakewood Township police were called to break up a group of 60 to 70 people on April 1. When the officers arrived they realized it was a funeral, but they still had their orders.
Fifteen of the attendees became belligerent. Lakewood Township police charged the people who were acting out with “Violating any rule or regulation adopted by the governor during a state of emergency.” The prosecutor’s office stressed that, when people get together like that, they aren’t just putting their own lives in danger. The officers’ lives are at risk as well.
The coronavirus is a thief. It doesn’t just steal people’s lives and loved ones. The virus also prevents families and friends from mourning when someone they care about passes away.
The very last thing police officers want to do is break up a funeral. However, they have to do it if that’s what their governor orders. Hopefully, people across the country will recognize that everyone deserves to be safe. We can all help stop the spread, even when it means suffering our grief in silence.
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