It is a good time to be a sex worker, pimp, and/or drug dealer in Philadelphia. It’s like “The Purge” in the City of Brotherly Love, apparently – anything goes while coronavirus hysteria continues to slam the nation.
This sort of information was probably not meant to be public knowledge, considering it wouldn’t be wise to warn criminals that they can roam free. But there’s always a leaker.
Here’s what’s up, via Philadelphia Inquirer:
One day after Philadelphia courts closed until April 1 to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw notified commanders Tuesday that police will be delaying arrests for nonviolent crimes, including drug offenses, theft, and prostitution.
The announcement came in an internal memo outlining protections including social distancing during roll call and emphasizing the importance of the public’s safety, as well as the safety of officers. A boldfaced, yellow-highlighted paragraph notes that “if an officer believes that releasing the offender would pose a threat to public safety, the officer will notify a supervisor,” who would decide whether the suspect should be held.
The Fraternal Order of Police issued a statement supporting the decision, which covers all narcotics offenses, thefts, burglary, vandalism, prostitution, stolen cars, economic crimes, such as bad checks and fraud, and any existing bench warrants.
And here’s some more COVID-19 randomness, via Twitter…
Light just went off atop the Capitol Dome. Senate adjourns with nothing locked in yet for Wednesday for Senare to consider House coronavirus bill pic.twitter.com/z5v5n7U8Q8
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) March 18, 2020
DEVELOPING: Senate Majority Leader McConnell has said that the Senate would move at "warp speed" to pass coronavirus legislation, but Sen. Paul is slowing down the effort, 2 leadership sources tell @NBCNews. https://t.co/jC3UTEIQfd
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 18, 2020
When lawsuits start being filed in Illinois, Florida or Arizona because voters say they contracted the Coronavirus while standing in crowded polling places we will see if the @DNC and the Governors of those States think it was worth it. #DemocraticPrimary
— Tara L. Mosley (@TaraLMosley) March 18, 2020
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 18, 2020
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) March 18, 2020
me tryin to see corona virus approaching🦠👀 pic.twitter.com/hUqL3AUaUU
— 𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙨 (@rmdy_mendes) March 18, 2020
7 people shot in West Baltimore this evening. What are the odds everyone was standing at least 6 feet apart?
— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) March 18, 2020
Opinion: We must release prisoners to lessen the spread of coronavirus https://t.co/GD4tJ0q61U
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 18, 2020
George R. R. Martin writing Winds of Winter under coronavirus lockdown https://t.co/Zb5SP5bvfg
— CNET News (@CNETNews) March 18, 2020
— GMA News (@gmanews) March 18, 2020
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 18, 2020
Families across America will be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
We need to make sure they have the resources they need like paid sick leave and expanded testing to get through this.
It’s time to unite to get this done for everyone.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) March 18, 2020
Bernie Sanders addressed the escalating coronavirus crisis on Tuesday night, saying it was an “unprecedented moment” and calling for $2,000 payments to Americans, among other proposals.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 18, 2020
Undiagnosed Coronavirus Cases Are Fueling The Pandemic, Study Finds https://t.co/Vwp6qbFyiY
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) March 18, 2020
Coronavirus update, Americas:
– USA: 1,701 new cases
– Canada: 157 new cases
– Brazil: 112 new cases
– Ecuador: 53 new cases
– Chile: 45 new cases
– Peru: 31 new cases
– Mexico: 29 new cases
– Argentina: 14 new cases
– Colombia: 11 new cases
– Costa Rica: 9 new cases
— Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) March 18, 2020