Salon A La Mode, a Dallas salon, opened on Friday despite the current Dallas county ‘stay-at-home’ order. The owner was issued a fine and given a cease and desist letter by Judge Clay Jenkins.
The salon was opened in the morning at regular business hours, as she had announced she would do the prior day. The owner had security to ensure the safety and compliance of its customers.
The police and fire-rescue arrived shortly, after receiving calls, and the owner received a ticket with a fine between $50 – $2000.
After receiving the ticket, the owner did a brief press conference with local news.
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During the press conference, she answered a range of questions, concerning safety issues, her interactions with the police, and her reason for defying the order.
The owner reassured the crowd that she would not be closing despite receiving the fines. She said that her lawyer would be dealing with the ticket, and she insisted she will not pay it.
When asked if she wanted to send a message to other Dallas business owners in her situation, she simply stated, “Open up. It’s your right.”
The owner detailed why she wasn’t concerned about the virus spreading in her salon. She said,
In my salon…we’re all wearing protective gear. We’re all sanitizing. Everything is completed sanitary in there. I’m not letting anybody in without a mask…. We’re much more protected than Walmart, Home Depot, or any of the other shops they deem essential.
In addition to these precautions she outlined to the press, she was also reported to have been taking temperatures of customers.
The reporters began to ask questions about how far she was willing to go in her defiance of the unjust order.
The owner said that she would continue operating the business. She also said that was prepared (and expected to) go to jail Friday morning, but still willing to stand up and give a voice to others like her.
I feel like me not being in jail right now is a pretty big deal. I dressed today thinking ‘I better where something comfortable….’
Because all the small business owners need to have some sort of voice, and we need to stand up for what’s right or we will have our freedoms taken away.
This is one of a few businesses across Texas, including a restaurant in the Houston area, that opened their doors in defiance of ‘stay-at-home’ orders.
Dallas county extended their order a few days ago to May 15th, so only time will tell where confrontations like these are headed.
Portland Experiences Over a 100% Increase in Shootings After Anti-Gun Violence Police Force is Disbanded
In July of 2020, the city of Portland experienced 15 homicides.
According to Portland police, this is the most killings the city has experienced in one month in over three decades.
So far in 2020, 24 people have died due to homicides in Portland.
Oregon Live reported that the most recent killing took place on July 28, 2020 when a 34-year-old woman was stabbed at a Northeast Portland home after coming back from a vigil mourning the death of 27-year-old Tyrell Penney, who was murdered in a shooting on July 29.
In July 2020, there have been 63 shootings, while there was 28 in July 2019 per a Police Bureau report.
Although homicides, assaults, burglaries and vandalism have increased this year compared to 2019, total person-to-person and property crimes have plummeted compared to previous years, according to the bureau’s report.
Police Chief Chuck Lovell said on July 30 that he’s very worried about the uptick in violence and is shifting officers from patrol units to the detective division in order to shore up follow-up investigations.
He also explained that the bureau had to cut its Gun Violence Reduction Team in accordance to new policy changes the City Council ushered in. The team, which counted on 34 members, was disbanded on July 1 in response to budget cuts to police units that have allegedly targeted a disproportionate number of blacks during routine traffic stops.
Like many cities in the country, Portland is starting to embrace leftist radicalism on matters of law enforcement by considering moves to defund the police.
Oregon is already one of the more anti-gun states in the country, so lawful individuals in Portland don’t have many options at their disposal for self-defense. With police being gutted, regular citizens have even fewer options at their disposal for security.
This has obviously not registered with political elites and represents why many Americans will likely leave cities in masse in search of jurisdictions that actually bother to provide basic law enforcement infrastructure.
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