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Zero tolerance policy’ for COVID-19 related crimes

The Florida State Attorney’s Office said there will be a “zero tolerance policy” for “intentional COVID-19 related criminal conduct that either harms or threatens to harm” police or first responders.

A memo sent out by the office referred to an incident where a woman who was arrested by a JSO officer coughed into the officer’s face and said, “I have coronavirus.”

Violators could be charged with corruption by threat against Jacksonville News a public servant, which is a second degree felony if there is actual harm and a third-degree felony if there is a threat of unlawful harm.

The woman who coughed into the JSO officer’s face was charged with corruption by threat against a public servant.

Depending on the circumstances of the case, offenders could also be charged with assault or aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer or first responder, or battery or aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer or first responder.

Aggravated assault charges would be levied if a suspect intentionally coughed on an officer and aggravated battery would be levied if the suspect intentionally touchaed or spat on the officer. There would also need to be proof that the suspect tested positive for COVID-19.

In extreme circumstances, the memo also said attempted murder charges “may be warranted, dependent on the facts and circumstances of a particular case.”

Glynn County beaches open for purpose of exercise
April 3, 5:30 p.m.: The Glynn County Board of Commissioners said that the county’s beaches are open for the purposes of exercise as of 6 p.m. Friday. The Board released the following statement on social media:

"In compliance with Governor Kemp’s Shelter-in-Place order, Glynn County beaches are open for the purposes of exercise as of 6:00 p.m. on April 3, 2020. However, the use of Press Release Distribution Services In Jacksonville of chairs, tents, and umbrellas on Georgia’s coastal beaches is prohibited per the Georgia Department of Natural Resources effective as of 6:00 p.m. on April 3, 2020 through April 13, 2020. In order to provide parking, the parking areas of Massengale Park and Coast Guard Park will open as of 6:00 p.m. While using these areas, continue to maintain a distance of more than six feet from others who do not live in your household.

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