Law enforcement agencies around the country have been issuing memos to their officers to stop arresting people for non-violent offenses amid the Coronavirus outbreak, however, the NYPD, the largest police department in America, must not have gotten the memo. Even though New York City is leading the country in Covid-19 cases, the NYPD is “not slowing arrests’ despite the growing number of officers and inmates who have contracted coronavirus.
“The New York Police chief said his agency won’t slow arrests, even as 98 NYPD employees, including 70 officers, have been diagnosed with covid-19,” according to The Washington Post. An additional 28 other members of the NYPD have also contracted the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the coronavirus has been spreading in the city’s jails, including on Riker’s Island, where it touched one of its newest inmates, disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.