A Michigan man was stabbed and the stabber was shot to death by police Tuesday–all over a new mandatory COVID mask law in the Great Lakes State.
Based on social media comments on the GUARDIAN and elsewhere, don’t be surprised if it happens in Idaho as well. The risk as the GUARDIAN sees it comes when citizens–mostly conservative–perceive that mandatory mask laws infringe on their individual rights. Those in control need to offer more of a gentle nudge rather than a heavy handed penalty ($500 fines) for going maskless.
We don’t have an answer to the dilemma, but heavy handed authority is just going to create a violent environment.
In the case of the Michigan incident, a 77 year-old gent called out a guy for not wearing a mask in a convenience store. He got stabbed for his citizen-police enforcement effort. Perhaps a kinder, “I have a spare mask if you could use it,” would have been better for all concerned. The stabber fled and assaulted a copper who was forced to kill him in self defense. The video leaves no doubt the deputy was in the right.
More mask events on 2nd day of new Michigan law:
Michigan sheriff goes soft on MASKS
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