Los Angeles “Superspreader Task Force” Arrest Hundreds At New Year’s Parties

U.S. citizens in Los Angeles County decided to express their Constitutional Right to freedom of association at what were called superspreader parties. I’ll say it was pretty dumb to go to parties, but, you know what? This is still supposed to be America, and the federal and California constitutions allow Freedom of association. It allows people to be stupid and reckless with their own lives. So, what happened?

Los Angeles Superspreader Task Force Detains at Least 900 at NYE Parties

The Los Angeles County Superspreader Task Force detained at least 900 people after shutting down five New Year’s Eve parties.

The task force also arrested or issued 90 citations and recovered at least six guns at the parties, three of them being in downtown Los Angeles, Malibu, and Pomona, KTTV reported.

The Malibu party was held at an upscale home after it had been promoted on Instagram.

The sheriff’s department showed up in the middle of the party, warning the crowd via loudspeaker, “This is the LA County Sheriff’s Department. This superspreader party is now over. Anybody who refuses to leave will be subject to arrest.”

Hundreds of people were ordered to leave immediately or face arrest or citation.

There were at least two arrests and two guns confiscated at the Malibu party.

Interestingly, there was no big mass arrest of those involved in protests.  Anyhow, yes, there is actually a “Superspreader Task Force.” A giant group of police officers tasked with busting citizens for daring to not follow the dictates of the governor and lower level officials, orders that are against the constitutions. Meanwhile

(WPSD) Between January and October, there was a 29% increase in homicides compared to the same timeframe in 2019, according to a November report from the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice. As of December 27, some of America’s largest cities saw dramatic increases as well, including Chicago (55%), New York (41%) and Los Angeles (30%).

Huh

(LA Times) His death and three other fatal shootings in L.A. from Saturday into Sunday morning — of a 50-year-old homeless man, a 20-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman — pushed Los Angeles, in an already historic year, to a bloody benchmark not seen in a decade: 300 homicides.

Killings are up 25% over last year and shootings are up more than 32%, mirroring increases in violence that are driving concerns in big cities across the nation. Last week, a pregnant woman was gunned down. Children and elderly residents have been killed. Of all the year’s victims, nearly 20% have been homeless. Gangs are suspected in many cases. (snip)

Instead, passion is lacking in the official response, he said. The roughly $3-billion police budget was cut this year by $150 million in the wake of widespread protests against police brutality and misconduct, and Moore said he is scrambling to put more officers on the street — particularly in South L.A., where much of the recent violence has been — as he is slashing specialized units and reducing overtime by half.

Huh

(LA Times) Faced with a growing financial crisis, Los Angeles city budget analysts recommended Friday that the city begin preparing for the elimination of nearly 1,900 filled positions, including 951 officers at the Police Department.

But, they can detail officers to deal with idiots at parties. And, you know how bad crime is?

(ABC7) Los Angeles city park rangers say there’s been a dramatic increase in crime and they need to protect themselves and guests. The L.A. City Council is now considering a motion to arm them.

But, hey, yeah, let’s waste the time of hundreds of officers.

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7 Responses to “Los Angeles “Superspreader Task Force” Arrest Hundreds At New Year’s Parties”

  1. Hairy says:

    Teach we will probably hit 400000 deaths in this last year of Trumps term
    How woukd you rate his response to vovid? Most Americans say that this was the worst year of their lives
    I personally think it was do you agree?

    • Dana says:

      So, hirsute one, as you are here, exercising your First Amendment right of freedom of speech, through our host’s exercising his freedom of the press, just which of your constitutional rights do you think we should lose to combat a disease that is serious but mostly survivable?

      If our constitutional rights can just be suspended whenever the government finds a good reason to do so, are they really rights at all anymore?

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Yes, these are still rights, although it’s certainly a good idea to keep an eye on what is considered “reasonable”. Natural (and unnatural) disasters almost always trigger emergency orders that restrict freedoms, for example curfews and limited access to disaster areas. Police tape keeps citizens from walking through crime scenes, even in public areas.

        Don’t all laws restrict freedoms? Stop signs, speed limits, zoning ordinances, trespassing laws, public indecency laws, public gathering permits, parade permits, childhood vaccinations.

        If during a worsening* pandemic, is it unconstitutional to restrict public gatherings to reduce the transmission of the disease? It’s always a judgement call isn’t it? We would nearly all object as unreasonable restrictions by local government to gatherings to 4 or less to stop the spread of common cold viruses. But this pandemic is not the common cold or influenza.

        * The recently identified more-infectious strain of virus will outcompete the current strain within a few months, so it’s imperative to get as many Americans vaccinated as possible.

      • Zachriel says:

        Dana: just which of your constitutional rights do you think we should lose to combat a disease that is serious but mostly survivable?

        The executive is bound by law and by constitution, but those grant wide latitude during emergencies. Courts act as a check, and there have been a number of cases which pushed back against executive actions that were either overreaching, ineffective, or improperly applied.

  2. Dana says:

    Hey, Californians voted for this s(tuff)! The left said that the evil Donald Trump was a fascist, so they went out and voted for left wing fascists.

    There was some party in Germany that got into office through free elections, too. Hugo Chavez took power in a free election, as did Daniel Ortega.

    Our Constitution is suppose to guarantee our rights, with judges to protect those rights from being restricted by politicians, but the left routinely vote for people who would take away our rights, for our own good, don’t you know.

  3. Hairy says:

    Did tge state of NY have the legal right to confine Typhoid Mary ?
    Certainly conservatives of that time believed so

  4. Zachriel says:

    William Teach: This is still supposed to be America, and the federal and California constitutions allow Freedom of association. It allows people to be stupid and reckless with their own lives.

    Their own lives, perhaps, but not of others. Government powers during emergencies, including pandemics, are rooted in common and statutory law.

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