Most Americans are law-abiding, and caring people, too.
A minority are not, and I can’t quantify that, but the U.S. does incarcerate more people than any where else, even China, which has four times our population. (Also a huge secret police network and a judicial system under which you are guilty upon arrest. No wonder few Chinese break the law.)
The United States says you are innocent until proven guilty. We also have several hundred juridictions that openly flout immigration law.
Philadelphia is one of them, protecting people who are here illegally from prosecution, even convicted foreign felons.
Over the years, I have repeatedly reported on the near-zero enforcement to suppress bad bicycling, jay walking, sidewalk cafes glomming too much sidewalk space and A-frame advertising signs that are so ubiquitous you probably don’t know they are illegal.
Even before the coronavirus outbreak, woke D.A. Larry Krasner — a George Soros-funded lifelong cop hater — announced there were a lot of crimes he just was not going to prosecute. So there.
Naturally, some serious crimes increased.
Krasner funnels an increased number of gun cases to a court diversionary program called Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) — 78 in 2018, Krasner’s first year as district attorney, versus 12 the previous year.
This in a city where so-called leaders scream about illegal guns on the streets. They pass laws against them, then do not enforce them. Krasner actively ignores them. He is a menace.
Krasner’s record is studded with bad, pro-criminal decisions.
He cut a serious break to get knife-wielding Michael White out from under serious charges in the death of unarmed Sean Schellenger .
White killed a guy and got a tap, not even a slap, on the wrist after Krasner deliberately took the decision out of the jury’s hands.
A gun suspect he allowed to roam free wound up killing a Philadelphia police officer, Cpl. James O’Connor, among others.http://www.bigtrial.net/
That is the background — a mayor and a D.A. who are allergic to enforcing the law.
No surprise that gun sales are going through the roof. The city’s response? It stopped processing carry permits — which requires people to pass a serious police investigation. That’s right — punish the innocent, protect the guilty. Such joy to live in a progressive city.
So here comes coronavirus and the mayor was frustrated that not everyone is staying indoors, as they should to prevent the spread of the disease.
So he writes an executive “stay at home” order that threatens “remedies and penalties as provided by law.”
The executive order does not mention what they are, and you can tell having to act like a parent is driving Kenney crazy. There is no excuse he doesn’t have for law breakers — that’s why he favors the Not Safe Injection Sites for drug addicts, who are breaking the law when they shoot up.
So if you break his “stay at home” order, what happens?
I sent an email to the police department to find out what the charge would be, what the fine would be, and would there be incarceration?
I got no response, so I’ll have to do a little guesswork.
Violators might get a summons. Big whoop. I think we can be more creative than that.
Let’s reopen the recently closed Graterford and send executive order violators there for a 14-day quarantine.
If we can do that to cruise ship passengers who had done nothing wrong, surely we could do the same to our chirpy wise guys. Just the threat of that punishment would almost guarantee compliance.
With lives at risk, does the city have the guts to do it?
This city, probably not.