New Yorkers are Encouraged to Snitch on Others for Social Distancing Violations
According to CBS New York, New York City has been implementing policies to clamp down on large gatherings.
On April 18, 2020, Mayor Bill de Blasio made a post on Twitter calling on New Yorkers to snitch on others who violate social distancing.
“When you see a crowd, when you see a line that’s not distanced, when you see a supermarket that’s too crowded, anything, you can report it right away so we can get help there to fix the problem,” de Blasio stated in a video, “and now it’s as simple as taking a photo. All you got to do is take the photo and put the location with it and bang, send a photo like this and we will make sure enforcement comes right away.”
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 18, 2020
The mayor believes that keeping people socially distanced will prevent the disease from spreading across the population.
As of April 15, the NYPD made 15 social distancing arrests.
Although the Wuhan Virus is dangerous, it does not require government bodies to infringe on civil liberties in order to stem its spread.