The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deployed a COVID-19 Super-Spreader Task Force on New Year’s Eve to raid five locations where people had the audacity to celebrate the arrival of 2021.
And for 90 partygoers, the new year began with an unplanned trip to the hoosegow, as the task force arrested them for violations of the county’s “Safer At Home” order.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva was unapologetic for raiding the five New Year’s Eve “super-spreader” parties, according to ABC 7.
“I have made it clear that we will seek out and take law enforcement action against all super-spreader events occurring anywhere within Los Angeles County,” declared the sheriff. “The goal of these enforcement actions is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the risk to our vulnerable populations.”
.@LASDHQ‘s COVID Super Spreader Task Force conducted raids at 5 locations on NYE, arresting more than 90 people and confiscating 6 handguns, officials say https://t.co/qV3gtHD3xo pic.twitter.com/KGAzH4jujW
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) January 2, 2021
LASD Sgt. Bob Boese said the raids included one in Hawthorne, two in Los Angeles, one in Malibu, and one in Pomona, taking place at rented homes, vacant warehouses, hotels, and shuttered businesses.
In addition to the 90 arrests, there was one arrest for alleged possession of narcotics and a loaded firearm, ABC 7 reported. Seven handguns were reportedly taken off the streets, and over 900 people were “warned and advised” of the updated Safer At Home order.
Los Angeles County has had 790,582 cases of COVID-19, with 10,552 fatalities.
Citing the most recent figures, ABC 7 noted the county had 773 available and staffed hospital beds, with just 57 adult ICU beds.
More from the ABC affiliate:
The number of coronavirus patients in county hospitals rose to 7,613, the highest number seen during the pandemic, with 21% of those people in intensive care units.
Conditions continue to worsen at hospitals in the county, with ambulances waiting up to eight hours to off-load patients, leading to a shortage of paramedic crews on the streets and longer 911 response times.
Some have become so conditioned to the government restricting their behavior that they called for additional punishment for those arrested!
Here’s a sampling of that perspective from Twitter:
I agree. Take their info down, fine them, add a database for irresponsible spreders, AND deny them entry to a hospital if they catch COVID and they can’t get the vaccine.
— Yanet (*Moon (@kornymoon) January 2, 2021
Lock em up. Hey, do you think there are too many people in prison for things that shouldn’t be illegal?
— Duetothe802 (@duetothe802) January 3, 2021
Everyone there should at least lose their stimulus check.
— Kyle (@K_Rush247) January 2, 2021
Deny access to Hospitals or emergency health services! They don’t deserve to be treated once sick!!!
— Kick📟🔌📲💻🛸🗿🕹📽 (@Kickpwns) January 2, 2021
On the other hand, there were folks who recall something about a certain document guaranteeing certain rights:
This is absolutely sick. Welcome to communist China where the first amendment doesn’t exist. I support police, but I don’t support police enforcing unconstitutional edicts by government tyrants. #EndTheLockdowns #freecalifornia
— Linc Austin 🇺🇸 (@lincaustin) January 4, 2021
I don’t want my insanely high taxes funding this gestapo crap. Leave people alone
— pronouns: duder/el duderino (@TurgesonFerd) January 3, 2021
Welcome to the 4th reich.
— Susan Ward (@Susaninlaguna) January 3, 2021
Good thing there are no criminals in LA that these police officers could be going after.
— Cow Pie (@CowPie11) January 4, 2021
Does this mean 90 people who commited violent crimes will be released to let in the 90 people that attended parties? I thought jails were crowded and a hot bed for covid infections?
— Thug Wife (@ThugWife_76) January 3, 2021
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