Howard County, Indiana commissioners approved a ban on the sale of nonessential goods from stores remaining open on March 27, 2020 because these stores were deemed essential during the Wuhan virus pandemic.
The commissioners’ order says the sale of nonessential goods at essential stores was “not fair” to the businesses selling exclusively nonessential goods that shut their doors in compliance with the county’s public health emergency order.
The ban went into effect at noon of March 28, 2020. Signs in the stores must make shoppers aware of the ban.
Goods such as jewelry, furniture, home and lawn decor, toys/games, carpet/rugs/flooring, nonemergency appliances, music/books/magazines, craft and art supplies, paint, and entertainment electronics are classified as “non-essential.”
The county declared in a Facebook post that the order was “in agreement by the Board Of Health, the Mayor of the City of Kokomo, and supported by the Indiana Retail Council.”
“We sought and received input and support from several of the big box stores in our community along with the Indiana Retail Council. This order is consistent with our Orange Travel Advisory for essential travel only. Please stay home and only travel outside of your home if it is absolutely essential. The Commissioners would like to thank the Indiana Retail Council and our big box retailers for their cooperation in this matter.”
On Friday, March 27, 2020, Howard County reported seven positive tests for the Wuhan virus, and state health officials have recorded one Howard County death.
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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