Idaho mom Sarah Brady was arrested after she refused to leave a playground that had been closed due to nationwide coronavirus lockdowns.
Brady was charged with misdemeanor trespassing and has since been bailed out. Her arrest sparked a protest at the Meridian (Idaho) City Hall.
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This incident spotlights Americans’ growing impatience with what many consider unconstitutional and unreasonable lockdowns amid the COVID-19 crisis.
The brouhaha erupted after Brady and a small group of people allowed their children to play at a park, which was closed. The group had gone to the park as part of a planned protest of the state’s lockdown orders.
Videos posted on Twitter and Facebook show Brady daring the police to arrest her after she ignored their repeated requests to leave the park.
“Arrest me for being difficult. Do it! Record it!” Brady said in the video.
Shortly before Brady is handcuffed, the arresting office tells her: “Ma’am, I’ve told you to exit numerous times. This is it. Exit the playground area now. I’m really trying to be nice about this.”
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Mother arrested in Meridian, Idaho for letting kids play in park
This has gotten out of control
Stop arresting free Americans for being outside with their families
— Rogan O’Handley 🇺🇸 (@DC_Draino) April 22, 2020
Now moms are handcuffed for pushing their kids on the swings?!
— Code of Vets ™ (@codeofvets) April 22, 2020
While onlookers at the park yelled at the police officers, keep in mind that they’re merely enforcing the rules that local and state government officials imposed.
In a statement, the Meridian Police Department said: “After being told to leave the playground multiple times, 40-year-old Sarah Brady of Meridian refused to leave and was arrested for one count of misdemeanor trespassing.”
The strictest lockdowns have been mandated by Democrat governors and mayors who are exploiting the coronavirus crisis to impose overly-restrictive shutdowns.
However, in this instance, both the mayor of Meridian and the governor of Idaho are Republican.
The incident illustrates the mounting frustration that Americans are having with draconian, one-size-fits-all citizen lockdowns and business shutdowns.
Idaho has a population of 1.8 million. But to date, it has recorded only 51 deaths attributed to the coronavirus. Unlike New York City (the coronavirus epicenter), it has a low population density.
It makes no sense to impose the same strict lockdown orders for NYC (population: 8.7 million) on Meridian, Idaho (population: 106,804).
And even in New York City, most of the coronavirus deaths and infections are in the outer boroughs and not in Manhattan itself, where many residents practice social-distancing and are able to work from home.
Numerous medical experts say it’s unhealthy for people to remain in lockdown, and doing so actually increases your chances of contracting the Wuhan coronavirus.
Politicians releasing inmates due to #Covid_19 but then ordering we be shut-ins claim "safety" compels their actions. How can a "shelter in place" be safe for us if the ultimate form of shelter-in-place (prisons) is so unsafe it requires release of the criminally convicted?
— Robert Barnes (@Barnes_Law) April 18, 2020
Fox News host Tucker Carlson explained: “What does the research tell us about being outside? As it happens, there’s quite a bit of it…That enclosed spaces are a dangerous place to be in a pandemic. That was the conclusion of a study earlier this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association.”
Carlson continued: “Another study was more specific. It looked at 320 towns in China over a period of more than a month in order to determine how the coronavirus spreads. The most common place patients were infected: their homes. Eighty percent of outbreaks began there. Thirty-four percent of new cases began on public transportation. The conclusion? “All identified outbreaks of three or more cases occurred in an indoor environment, which confirms that sharing indoor space is a major [coronavirus] infection risk.”
(Source: Tucker Carlson Tonight)
Studies suggest that draconian, one-size-fits-all lockdowns are actually be making us MORE vulnerable to getting sick.
“Researchers have found that fresh air and exercise boost your immune system, just like your grandmother claimed,” Tucker said. “As a recent piece in the Atlantic put it: ‘The outdoors and sunshine are such strong factors in fighting viral infections, that a 2009 study of the extraordinary success of outdoor hospitals during the 1918 influenza epidemic suggested that during the next pandemic, we should encourage ‘the public to spend as much time outdoors as possible.’”
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) April 21, 2020
Tucker added: “Yet as you may have noticed, politicians are doing precisely the opposite, and driving Americans to neurosis in the process. Prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications have risen dramatically nationwide in the past six weeks. Why are our leaders hurting us on purpose? Because they can. Controlling the population makes them feel powerful. Our fear makes us easier to control.”
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