NYC Health Cmte. Chair: ‘If There Is a Spike in Coronavirus Cases…Don’t Blame Protesters. Blame Racism,’ Police

By Craig Bannister | June 3, 2020 | 11:24am EDT
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Racism and police – not protesters without masks crowding together – will be responsible if the number of coronavirus cases increases as a result of the ongoing protests and riots, New York City Council Health Committee Chair Mark D. Levine claimed Wednesday.

“Let's be clear about something: if there is a spike in coronavirus cases in the next two weeks, don't blame the protesters. Blame racism,” Levine tweeted.

By jailing and using tear gas against rioters, police will also culpable for causing coronavirus cases to spike, he added:

And let's remember that the police are increasing covid risk by:

* using tear gas

* herding demonstrators into tight spaces

* putting people in crowded jails

On Monday, Levine tweeted three ways police use of tear gas against rioters increases the risk they will contract the coronavirus:

NYPD, your use of tear gas is increasing Covid-19 risk, because it:

1. Makes the respiratory tract more susceptible to infection

2. Exacerbates existing inflammation

3. Makes people cough


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