Local authorities in Indonesia ordered eight people who broke the country’s face mask laws to dig graves for COVID-19 victims, according to a report.
The province of East Java punished the mask violators with the manual labor at a local cemetery in hopes of deterring others from disregarding the nationwide face-covering mandate, the Jakarta Post reported.
“There are only three available gravediggers at the moment, so I thought I might as well put these people to work with them,” politician Suyono told local media, according to the paper.
“Hopefully this can create a deterrent effect against violations,” he added.
None of the rulebreakers were forced to handle the corpses, the outlet reported. Only local health officials wearing full-body protective equipment are allowed to do so to limit the risk of exposure.
Indonesia has seen infections on the rise with more than 221,000 cases, including at least 8,841 deaths, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.
Woman arrested for injuring 2-year-old in road rage incident
Massachusetts police arrested a woman they said threw a cup of iced coffee at a sleeping 2-year-old boy in a road rage incident.
Emma Silva, 20, of Marstons Mill, Mass., was charged with assaulting a child with a dangerous weapon and negligent operation of a vehicle.
Barnstable police said the boy’s mother reported the road rage incident, which happened Wednesday afternoon on Cape Cod.
They said she told police “another woman operating a white Jeep Liberty was ‘riding her bumper’ and ‘laying on her horn’ while yelling at her.”
She said the suspect “threw a cup of iced coffee into her vehicle, striking her sleeping 2-year-old son in the face while he was seated in the rear of her car in his child safety seat,” police said.
The cup bloodied the boy’s face and nose, according to police.
Police said a short time later an officer made contact with Silva and she agreed to come to the police station. She was arrested after the boy’s mother identified her.
Silva was arraigned in Barnstable District Court Thursday morning, and released on $540 bail and is due back in court on Nov. 4.
AG Letitia James recommends NYPD no longer conduct traffic stops
The New York State Attorney General will not be filing charges against an NYPD sergeant for a 2019 police-involved shooting death but did recommend cops no longer arrest people during traffic stops if they have certain open warrants, an AG report released Friday states.
The report, completed by AG Letitia James’ Special Investigations and Prosecution Units, analyzed the death of Allan Feliz, 31, who was shot by Sgt. Jonathan Rivera during an October 2019 traffic stop in the Bronx.
Feliz had been pulled over for allegedly not wearing a seatbelt but instead of handing over his own ID when cops asked, he gave his brother’s license. The sibling had three open warrants for littering, spitting and disorderly conduct, which are all violations and not crimes.
Feliz was asked to step out of the car, but he soon got back into the vehicle and attempted to drive away, sending Rivera jumping into the vehicle from the passenger side.
Feliz refused to surrender to police and continued to try to drive the car away, eventually leading Rivera to discharge his weapon when he thought his partner had been run over, the report states.
The AG found no reason to charge Rivera but did say car stops such as the one with Feliz shouldn’t be performed by officers because “the vast majority of traffic stops — including this one — do not involve criminal conduct, yet the involvement of police in such situations can result in violent interactions.”
“The report also highlighted studies demonstrating disparities in the use of force during traffic stops against Black and Latino men. The untimely death of Mr. Feliz further underscores the need for this change,” the report continues.
If the NYPD does decide to continue conducting traffic enforcement stops, the AG said officers should not arrest motorists who have low-level warrants, such as a failure to appear on a summons or bench warrants for violations like littering.
“The OAG believes that such a policy properly balances the risks to the community and the public interest in avoiding unnecessary arrests during car stops. In addition, the OAG encourages state lawmakers to consider whether this issue might also be more fully addressed through legislation,” the report states.
“It is highly unlikely that the incident involving Mr. Feliz – whose warrants (Sammy Feliz warrants) were for the violations/offenses of spitting, littering, and disorderly conduct – would have escalated in the manner it did in the absence of this automatic arrest policy.”
However, following a search of Feliz’s car after his death, police found over nine grams of cocaine and 1.3 grams of methamphetamines in tablet form and determined he was on parole for a previous federal offense, the report states.
“Because Mr. Feliz was under federal parole supervision at the time of the incident, possession of these controlled substances would likely have violated the conditions of his release and, if convicted for possession of one or more felonies, subjected him to a mandatory New York State prison sentence.”
James called Feliz’s death a “tragedy” and said her office is “gravely concerned” by the actions of Rivera and the other responding officers.
3 Orthodox Jewish men die of COVID-19 after arriving at NYC hospital
Three members of the city’s Orthodox Jewish communities died from the coronavirus over the last four days — all within hours of arriving at the hospital too sick to be saved, The Post has learned.
All three men were fatally ill with the disease by the time they sought treatment at the Maimonides Medical Center in Borough Park, one of the neighborhoods at the center of the Big Apple’s latest COVID-19 outbreak.
“There’s rampant COVID denialism and misinformation abound in the community,” one person familiar with the situation said. “People are not getting tested and are refusing care even when sick. This is deeply distressing.”
Not all of the deaths were elderly men, the sources added, though more specific information was not immediately available.
Maimonides is not the only hospital seeing an uptick, the sources said.
Mount Sinai’s hospital system — which includes Mount Sinai Brooklyn in nearby Midwood — has also seen the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 jump to 40 over the last week, up from an average 20 to 25, the sources said.
Representatives for Maimonides and Mount Sinai did not immediately respond for comment.
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