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In New York City, Mayor Bill DeBlasio and New York Police Department Commissioner Dermont Shea have announced that protest are not allowed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Leaders have stated that social distancing is more important right now than citizens being able to exercise their first amendment right.
“You’re talking about some of the values we hold in the highest regard in this country and certainly in this city, the right for people to gather, the right to free speech and the right to protest. But now comes the bad news, we’re in a pandemic and executive orders have been issued, these are laws that have been passed down through executive order to keep people alive, while we greatly, greatly respect the right of people to protest, there should not be protests taking place in the middle of a pandemic by gathering outside and putting people at risk.”
– NYPD Commissioner Dermont Shea
Just the day before the announcement members of the LGBT community protested the relationship between Mount Sinai Hospital and Samaritan Purse Christian Organization
“If people who have messages they want to spread care about protecting other people, use all the other tools you have to get your point across but avoid anything that might put other people in harm’s way.”
– Mayor DeBlasio
City leaders of New York seem to be forgetting that you can’t throw the constitution out the window because of a pandemic. Despite the coronavirus our rights under the constitution still exist
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