A Miami Police Officer handcuffed and arrested a Black doctor, Armen Henderson, in front of his home. The officer claimed the doctor was littering. The doctor was loading medical supplies to help homeless people in the city.
What’s more, the police officer was not adhering to CDC guidelines. He was not wearing a mask when he breached the six feet social distancing guidelines to yell in the doctor’s face. The video was inaudible but showed the police officer yelling without a mask less than 6 feet from the doctor, who was unable to replace his mask. Little doubt the police officer’s spit got on the doctor.
What does this police officer’s action tell us? As a member of the Miami PD, he was more afraid of a Black man littering than the deadly #COVID-19 virus killing thousands. Also, he didn’t care about spreading the deadly virus to families of color.
Perhaps such behaviors by police officers are partly responsible for the alarming mortality of COVID-19 among Black Americans.
Why was an on-duty police officer patrolling the streets without a mask?
Concern for public health should mandate testing and release of the officer’s coronavirus status. Contact tracing would be necessary if the officer were infected. Preliminary studies show the virus is more deadly in African Americans. Could that be the reason this Miami officer choose not to wear a mask?