NYPD Gets Blowback for Arrest Procedures Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The New York Police Department has been raising even more eyebrows than usual with their COVID-19 search and seizure procedures and their crackdown on  social distancing. 

Recently, the NYPD got a lot of flack on Twitter for posting a video about busting a turnstyle-hopper with a small amount of cannabis. The officers were called out for not wearing their masks properly or practicing social distancing while apprehending their suspects. 

“Did they maintain 6 feet separation when “grabbing” the guy or did they put a bunch of lives at risk for the sake of some weed,” prolific writer Anna Fitzpatrick asked on Twitter.

Others wanted to take the officers to task for spending time, and tax dollars, going after someone who was simply going to be fined, since cannabis has been decriminalized in New York. 

More Questionable Arrests in NYC

In other news, an arrest caught on video in the East Village shows people violently being arrested for talking because they were allegedly violating social distancing rules and allegedly had a visible bag of cannabis. 

The video reveals Officer Francisco Garcia with his taser out, striking a man and taking him down to the ground, then punching him as he is

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