Friday, April 3, 2020

Education, not arrest, will be goal in enforcement of Tennessee's stay at home order

WBIR - When Gov. Bill Lee announced Executive Order 23, which reinforced his earlier order for Tennesseans to stay at home unless absolutely necessary to stop the spread of coronavirus, he said he was issuing guidance to local law enforcement agencies on enforcement. That guidance has been sent to local police chiefs and sheriffs but has not been made available to the public.

Our sources within law enforcement told 10News the letter makes clear deputies and police officers have the power to arrest people if they ignore all other means to comply with the order to stay home except for essential business. … each agency to use their own discretion. … could be charged with a Class A or Class B misdemeanor under state law. (link)

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