People Charged With Spitting At Police Officers In Erie County Claiming To Have COVID-19
Believe it or not, there have been numerous people charged for allegedly spitting or coughing on police officers during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn's office, per WIVB.
59-year-old Darren Hamilton was placed under arrest on May 4th after he stole from a gas station on Hertel Avenue. He spat and coughed at police, saying how he tested positive for COVID-19. He was charged with assault.
Another woman from Buffalo, 47-year-old Aisha Rodriguez, allegedly spat at three cell block attendants and said she tested positive for COVID-19 on May 1st. She was arrested.
In West Seneca, police responded to a disorderly conduct call and arrested 24-year-old Alex Laboy. He was allegedly intoxicated and spit at an officer while being arrested and also said he tested positive for COVID-19.
Also in West Seneca, 35-year-old Jesse Baker was arrested for an alleged DWI and is accused of coughing on a police officer and yes, again, saying he had COVID-19 on March 15th.
“By performing their duties to keep our communities safe and interacting with the public, police officers and first responders are at a greater risk of contracting this virus. Any person who intentionally coughs or spits at a member of law enforcement during this health crisis will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, said Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn.
Three others were arrested and charged for spitting or coughing on police and claiming they had tested positive for COVID-19. You can read the full story here.
This is simply unbelievable and truly disturbing, that people would actually do this to police officers. Something as serious as that shouldn't be tolerated.