We’ve been reporting on a wide variety of overreaching actions by state and local governments against Americans during the pandemic.
But this definitely has to count as one of the more disturbing videos. Members of the Calumet County Sheriff’s Department went to the home of a woman in Wisconsin. According to the video, they chastised the woman, “Amy,” for allowing her child to go to a neighbor’s home during the time when there’s a “stay at home order.”
First they demand that she have her child stay at home, then they demand to know her last name. “Do you know we’re under a stay-at-home order right now?” the male officer asks. “I don’t need to explain that to you? Because I can if you need me to,” he derisively says. “Your daughter is going to play at other people’s home and you’re allowing it… stop having your kid go by other people’s home.” When she doesn’t want to give it to them, the male officer runs her plate and they say they will record she has been “uncooperative.”
Between videos like this and the railroading of Flynn, America’s law enforcement is in bad need of a reputation rehab. Public trust is invaluable for the safety and effectiveness of law enforcement. And it’s eroding. pic.twitter.com/vKl92xbvyK
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) April 30, 2020
It’s absolutely crazy to have police arrive at your home because your child went to someone’s house. It’s also more than a little ridiculous how condescending they are to the woman.
By the way, they’re not social distancing appropriately with each other and where are their masks?
Straight up batshit … I can’t believe we’re allowing this kind of shit to happen. pic.twitter.com/mxkajBVM7D
— Geoffrey Ingersoll (@GPIngersoll) April 29, 2020
This is what weeks of “stay locked in your home or else you’re killing someone’s granny” has turned into https://t.co/Kdp83mQ27q
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) April 29, 2020
This is totalitarian garbage. If you dislike people using the phrase "police state" then very simply don't abuse authority and act like agents of one. https://t.co/zSLGISBpBS
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 29, 2020
In response to the backlash of opinion, the Calumet Sheriff’s Office Facebook admitted it was their officers but tried to justify their actions with an interesting Facebook post.
[T]he sheriff’s office explained the confrontation on video was the culmination of several interactions with the woman over “recent weeks.” The post noted two calls on the same day from the woman “asking us to help find her runaway son.” The third contact “involved this female being stopped for speeding,” the sheriff’s office said. There also were calls regarding circumstances at a neighbor’s “mobile home” — where the woman’s daughter was apparently caught playing.
In addition to the speeding stop — the relevance of which isn’t clear — the sheriff’s office also seemed to make quite a bit of the building style of the neighbor’s residence, using the phrase “mobile home” six times in the post. Stereotypes about people who reside in mobile homes or “trailer parks” need no detailing here.
So why are they talking about a mobile home as though they are trying to put down the neighbor, talking about her speeding which has no apparent relation to this incident or her “runaway son” which as an apparent juvenile incident should likely not be something they should be talking about publicly? Also if all that were true, how would they not already know her last name?
Amy Aries, the mom in question, spoke to PJ Media. She also posted a little bit longer version of the video where the police threaten her at the end saying they will be “back” if her daughter is “out again.”
Aries explained that she was an essential worker and a single mom with four children. She said that the place her daughter was going was a baby sitter’s home.
Aries didn’t find the official statement or the actions of the deputies helpful or amusing. “As an essential worker and a single parent I am doing the best I can just like everybody else to make it through this pandemic,” she told PJ Media. “Unfortunately, I have had some circumstances where I needed law enforcement’s help, and when I turned to the very people who have taken an oath to serve and protect, I learned they are the ones who want me to fear them.” Aries referred to the recent situation with her son that required the sheriff’s intervention. Seeing her recent trauma used against her in the public statement about the deputies’ actions was shocking and upsetting to her. Aries knows her rights and is ready to defend them. “I will stand for my family’s rights and the rights of Americans,” she said.