CINCINNATI, OH – Police have charged a man in Cincinnati for violating Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s “stay-at-home” order. And how do they know? He posted a YouTube video showing off that he was outside with a lot of people. It was captioned with “Cincinnati breaking rules.” And in essence, they said, “what pandemic?”
Okay, that isn’t what they said. They were much more colorful than that.
Here is what they really had to say.
As reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, Rashaan Davis was just one of a group of people in Over-the-Rhine in violation of the government mandated requirements to stay at home.
Videos of Friday’s crowd surfaced Saturday morning, depicting groups not following social distancing rules. People stood on cars and danced to music.
In the video, Davis said:
“This is how we do it in my city, man. We don’t give a [expletive] about this…virus.”
According to the Enquirer, police documents say Davis not only violated the order issued by the state director of health requiring people to stay at home unless engaging in essential activities, he also encouraged others to violate the order, by live streaming the video to roughly 1500 people.
According to documents:
“Davis narrates a video of himself and others openly defying the order, causing even greater risk of contamination during this national health crisis. At the time of his arrest, there were over 55 thousand views of the post.”
In the time since his arrest, just a little more than 48 hours, the 11-minute and 26-second video has gained almost 250,000 additional hits on YouTube. As of this writing, the count was up to 302,689.
While some people were applauding in the comments section that scroll through the video, others were critical.
“I’m gonna have to soak my phone in hand sanitizer and bleach just from posting on this live (stream)…I’m out….,” wrote one viewer.
“This is why we will never get ova [sic] this,” wrote another.
The Cincinnati police posted details of his arrest to their Facebook page.
While most of the comments there were more critical of the officers handwriting and the fact that his personal information was not redacted than it was of the actual situation that led to his arrest, here are the facts of the arrest.
“On above listed date, time and location, arrested knowingly violated the ‘stay at home’ order given by the director of health for the state of Ohio requiring all persons to stay at their residence except while engaging in essential activities.
This particular offense is egregious in nature due to the fact arrested publicly acknowledged the COVID 19 pandemic and incited others openly defying the order, causing even greater risk of contamination during this crisis. At the time of his arrest, there were over 55,000 views of the post. High bond requested.”
Wow, that wasn’t so hard to read after all.
The typed version added additional language, saying:
“Due to the complete disregard for public safety, CPD requests a high/no bond for arrested until he can personally appear before a judge/magistrate.”
One comment posted said:
“What he done [sic] is technically not illegal.”
That is true, posting video to YouTube is not a crime. The activity shown in the video, however, is.
My favorite response of all is this one:
“If he fights it he will win. The order is unconstitutional. Unless they declare martial law, they cannot deprive you if [sic] life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness. They can NOT [sic] force any one [sic] to stay home unless you’re on probation or other court monitored restrictions.”
Actually sir, they can. And it doesn’t require martial law to do it.
Ohio has a law on the books. It is Section 3701.352 of the Revised Code of Ohio:
“No person shall violate any rule the public health council, director of health, or department of health adopts or any order the director or department of health issues under this chapter to prevent a threat to the public caused by a pandemic, epidemic, or bio-terrorism event.”
For the record, I am a huge fan of the Constitution. I swore to uphold it with my life. And I still hold that oath as sacred. But I am also a firm believer that individual rights do have limitations.
Your pursuit of life, liberty and happiness does not get to infringe on my rights to the same.
Quoting George, the protagonist in the movie Hoosiers:
“Look, mister, there’s… two kinds of dumb, the guy that gets naked and runs out in the snow and barks at the moon, and, the guy who does the same thing in my living room. First one don’t matter, the second one you’re kinda forced to deal with.”
Translation: you have the right to do just about anything you want in the country. But when your actions infringe on the rights enjoyed by the masses, your rights get stripped away. You do have the right to leave your home.
You do not have the right to go and congregate with hundreds of other people in a block party and increase the potential of spreading a deadly virus to people who are following the order.
What happens if Davis contracted to virus at that event, then goes to the grocery store and spreads the disease to a hard working single mother who is playing by the rules for the good of herself and her children?
I know that is a hypothetical scenario…but should it occur, would these same critics come out of the wood work saying, “Yeah, but technically what he did was not even illegal.”
What I also find ironic is that some of these same people who say Davis did nothing wrong would lose their minds if they saw a fast-food employee touch their face and then make their burger and put it in a bag and hand it to them through the drive through window.
Funny how quickly people change their views when it impacts them directly.
Then again, there are some people who would not change a thing, because they just don’t care about other people and only value the lives of those closest to them…the heck with the rest of us. We are on our own.
CPD posted another message to their Facebook page just a few hours ago.
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