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Horowitz: KY judge rules Gov. Beshear’s COVID, mask orders unconstitutional in breakthrough lawsuit

It took 15 months for a judge to finally apply the Constitution against the most severe and arbitrary violations of our most basic civil liberties, but it’s better late than never.

On Tuesday, Boone County, Kentucky, Circuit Judge Richard A. Brueggemann issued a permanent injunction against all of Gov. Andy Beshear’s COVID restrictions, including the mask mandate. Unlike the few judicial victories for civil liberties over the past year, this one was broad and sweeping, as it declared these mandates unconstitutional. In granting declaratory relief to a store owner who didn’t want to enforce masks on customers, Judge Brueggemann ruled that “all emergency orders imposed by said Defendants, or that are being continued by said Defendants, are unconstitutional, void and without any legal effect.”

Although Gov. Beshear planned to let the mask mandate expire on Friday anyway, this ruling is still significant because it finally lays down the marker that such mandates are unconstitutional headed forward. The problem champions of civil liberties have had in recent weeks is that, with expiring mandates, many of the lawsuits were dismissed as moot, denying them the opportunity to prevent such restrictions form being implemented in the future, say, for the flu season.

It was somewhat defensible for judges to give leeway for the 15 days or so of the pandemic last March, but shortly thereafter, it became apparent that the situation was no longer emergent and that the restrictions netted absolutely no results in slowing the pandemic. As such, at some point, judges should have held hearings on the facts and evidence behind mask mandates and other restrictions and subjected them to an interest balancing test against the fundamental rights those restrictions infringed upon. The rights to bodily integrity and free movement have long been held as the most grounded fundamental rights that require strict scrutiny of any attempted state-imposed restriction on them.

Judge Brueggemann has done just that. In this lawsuit, a restaurant owner, backed by state legislators and the state’s attorney general, claimed that the mask mandate, social distancing, capacity limitations, and time limitations for serving customers served absolutely no purpose but harming the businesses without keeping anyone safer. They also claimed that the governor violated newly passed legislation (enacted over the governor’s veto), which limited his emergency powers to 30 days and prevented him from placing restrictions on businesses. For the first time, this judge actually listened to expert testimony showing that non-pharmaceutical interventions netted zero results in stopping the virus, and he ruled accordingly.

The defendants presented evidence from senior certified industrial hygienist Stephen Petty, one of the top experts in the country on exposure to hazardous materials, who served as an expert witness in approximately 400 cases relating to toxic or infectious exposure. Petty first made his national foray into the COVID mask debate on my podcast three months ago.

“He testified that both the six-foot-distancing rule, and mask mandates, are wholly ineffective at reducing the spread of this virus,” wrote Judge Brueggemann in summing up Petty’s testimony. “Masks are worthless, he explained, because they are not capable of filtering anything as small as Covid-19 aerosols. In addition, masks are not respirators and lack the limited protections that respirators can provide.”

“The Court finds the opinions expressed by Mr. Petty firmly established in logic,” concluded the judge. “The inescapable conclusion from his testimony is that ordering masks to stop Covid-19 is like putting up chain-link fencing to keep out mosquitos. The six-foot-distancing requirements fare no better.”

Moreover, the judge ruled that all of the data from neighboring states with fewer restrictions demonstrate that none of these restrictions have made a difference in the natural progression of the virus, and therefore, “the data comparison demonstrate there to be no emergency justification for continuing Governor Beshear’s orders.”

The judge also questioned the use of PCR testing as the primary means for denying people their liberties, especially given that the CDC now has a different standard of cycle thresholds for those who are vaccinated.

This invites many questions, such as why Ct values in Covid tests should differ based upon whether or not the individual being tested has been vaccinated; and, why a federal government agency has ordered labs to ‘not include Ct values on laboratory reports . . . to inform patient management,’ even though the CDC indicates that PCR Ct values should be ?28. These are important questions. Case counts have been the poster child for the need to deprive people of their liberty.

While much of the lawsuit stemmed from the fact that the governor ignored specific bills passed by the legislature, and some states did not pass these laws, this ruling still creates the foundation for broad constitutional lawsuits against the remaining federal mandates on airplanes. This ruling establishes the fact that mask mandates can no longer withstand even a rational basis test, much less intermediate or strict scrutiny.

Aside from constitutional challenges, this ruling also forms a solid foundation for challenging these edicts – both at the federal and state levels – on grounds that they are circumventing the legislative process. The judge noted that “what has been ordered by the Governor’s emergency decrees constitute Legislation,” a charge that really applies to both the CDC and state governments.

Dr. Stack’s testimony demonstrates that he and others engage in a process of collaboration and review of CDC guidelines and other documents, the purpose of which is to impose rules on persons and businesses in Kentucky, and that in formulating these rules they tailor them to apply uniformly across the Commonwealth. This is formulating policy. He further testified that they have repeatedly amended and revised their orders, thus showing they deem to have the power to make laws and alter them at discretion. Indeed, he described the orders imposed as having a “breathtaking scope.”

It is obvious from even a cursory review that the orders issued over the past fifteen months “attempt to control” and seek “to form and determine future rights and duties” of Kentucky citizens.

Judge Brueggemann then addresses the unilateral imposition of a mask mandate by the executive branch:

These are, undeniably, attempts to control, set policy, and determine rights and duties of the citizenry. Except in those instances where the federal courts have stepped in, Defendants assert authority to modify or re-impose these orders at their sole discretion. Consider, for example, the recent modification of the mask mandate. It orders persons who did not get vaccinated for Covid-19 to wear masks but lifts that requirement for others. That is setting policy and determining future rights and duties.

Again, this charge should apply to the CDC and TSA requiring such a draconian change to one’s life without Congress enacting it (even if it were constitutional).

The lawsuit is also important in setting the standard for suing against the vaccine mandates or requirement that people wear masks unless they are vaccinated. The notion that one who is not vaccinated is a threat to one who is vaccinated is even more illogical and could not pass even a rational basis test.

We cannot afford to shy away from lawsuits and let the issue become moot even if the airplane mask mandate and vaccine mandates were ultimately dropped. The genie of wielding executive power over bodily integrity under the guise of emergency powers will not be placed back into the bottle. CNN already published an article yesterday warning without any evidence of a “doozy” of a flu season this year and how mask-wearing will help to stop it. Fauci and others have hinted at mask-wearing for the flu becoming commonplace. We must learn the lessons of the past 15 months today and begin inoculating ourselves against future tyranny now.

What the people have endured over the past fifteen months—to borrow a phrase from United States District Judge Justin R. Walker —”is something this Court never expected to see outside the pages of a dystopian novel,” concluded Judge Brueggemann. “Yet, Defendants contend that the Governor’s rule by mere emergency decree must continue indefinitely, and independent of legislative limits. In effect, Defendants seek declaratory judgment that the Constitution provides this broad power so long as he utters the word, “emergency.” It does not. For this Court to accept Defendant’s position would not be honoring its oath to support the Constitution; it would be tantamount to a coup d ‘état against it.

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Kentucky Derby bucks social justice activists, refuses to cancel pre-race tradition

The Kentucky Derby is refusing to cave to the woke mob.

Despite pushback from people who claim the state song of Kentucky is racially insensitive, the song will be played prior to the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at the historic Churchill Downs horse racing track on Saturday.

What are the details?

The Kentucky state song “My Old Kentucky Home” is traditionally played prior to the running of the Kentucky Derby. The University of Louisville marching band plays the song while the more than 160,000 spectators in attendance sing the lyrics.

According to the Kentucky Derby website, the song has been played for the last 100 years. “Although there is no definitive history on the playing of the Stephen Foster ballad as a Derby Day tradition, it is believed to have originated in 1921 for the 47th running,” the website states.

But social justice activists say the song should not be played because of its connection to America’s antebellum past.

From WLKY-TV:

But the song has a complicated history. It’s said to be a song about a slave’s lament and the original lyrics used controversial wording about Black people.

Last year, as racial justice protests were steady in Louisville, and took aim at the Derby, Churchill Downs made some wording changes to the song the day before, and added a moment of silence and reflection at its conclusion.

Pastor Timothy Findley told WLKY the song must be “removed” in order to “move forward.”

“If we’re going to do the right thing, if we’re going to do the thing that moves our community forward, moves our city forward, and shows that we have sensitivity to what has happened in the past and a mind to move forward in the future, the song needs to be removed. I don’t even understand why this is such a difficult thing,” Findley said.

What is Churchill Downs doing this year?

According to WLKY, the song will be played as usual on Saturday, and Churchill Downs did not say there would be any changes to the pre-race tradition.

“So what’s happening this year? All we know is the band will play the song as usual. We asked Churchill Downs if there would be any changes like last year, but they did not respond to that specific question,” WLKY reported.


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Kentucky police officer fired for supplying information to Black Lives Matter protesters

A Kentucky police officer has been fired for allegedly supplying law enforcement information to Black Lives Matter protesters.

Following a nine-hour hearing and two hours of deliberations, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council announced on Friday that Lexington police Officer Jervis Middleton was relieved of his duties.

Middleton was accused of overall misconduct, sharing internal police information, and being dishonest about his communication with Black Lives Matter protest leader Sarah Williams, a reported friend of the former police officer. A unanimous vote by the council found Middleton guilty of the first two administrative charges but not guilty of the third charge.

At first, Middleton denied he had given the information to Williams, but then admitted he did leak information after text messages from his phone obtained through a search warrant were shown to him, according to Keith Horn, a lawyer for the city of Lexington.

Lexington Police Chief Lawrence Weathers recommended that Middleton be fired for several alleged policy violations, including putting fellow officers in danger by leaking information to Black Lives Matter protesters.

Weathers said he agreed with Middleton’s firing, especially since he had previously been demoted for a formal complaint against him. “He was accused of using police computers to get information about a woman who had accused him of stalking and spying on her after their sexual relationship ended,” according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

“I felt like the discipline he received last time should have been a message to him and allow him to come back and become the officer that I know he can be,” Weathers said. “After this, I just can’t see him coming back. To me, it was a violation of trust and a violation of the position of a police officer. He was supposed to protect the public, but he should also protect his fellow officers.”

Weathers alleged that Middletown supplied BLM with “information that could be used to insult, intimidate and harass our officers while they were working the protests.”

During the summer in Lexington, there were reportedly 59 social justice protests, including BLM and anti-police demonstrations.

Weathers said race was not a factor in the recommendation to dismiss Middleton, who had been on the force since 2007.

“Officer Middleton’s conduct during a highly stressful and potentially vulnerable time during the history of our community — the most significant policing event in our community in 20 years — demonstrates that he should no longer be a police officer,” Horn said.

Middleton’s attorney Keith Sparks balked at the notion that the fired officer put law enforcement agents in jeopardy by sharing information, “The only harm is imagined harm.”

The ACLU defended Middleton leaking inside police department information to Black Lives Matter protesters.

“Simply put, protest organizers should know whether and under what circumstances SWAT units (or other militarized police) will be deployed,” Michael Aldridge, executive director of the ACLU of Kentucky, said. “Clear channels of communication and shared expectations make tense situations safer for police, protesters, and bystanders. Why does LFUCG feel that this information is so dangerous if shared?”

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More than 100 absentee ballots found in Kentucky dumpster; case handed over to the US Attorney’s Office

More than 100 unopened absentee ballots were discovered in a Kentucky dumpster, which has resulted in one U.S. Postal Service employee being terminated following an investigation.

The undelivered ballots, which had been sent out Oct. 3, were found in a dumpster on Thursday by a contractor renovating a home in eastern Jefferson County. The ballots, which were not filled out and intended for voters in the 40299 ZIP code, were found in the dumpster mixed in with other mail, according to the Courier-Journal.

Nore Ghibaudy, the spokesperson for the Jefferson County Clerk’s office, said he was “a little taken aback” by the incident. He added that some of the voters had contacted the office over concerns that they had yet to receive their absentee ballots.

U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General special agents found 112 ballots as well as two political flyers in the trash. The ballots and flyers were returned to the Postal Service to be delivered to their rightful owners, according to Special Agent Scott Balfour.

Balfour said on Friday that the USPS employee had been fired, adding, “federal privacy concerns preclude me from providing any more details about their employment.”

The case has been turned over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Balfour said.

“When the investigation is concluded, the case will be presented for federal prosecution to the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” he said.

Balfour said that these such incidents involving mail-in ballots are “exceedingly rare.”

Also on Thursday, a waste collector claimed he found two ballots in a dumpster in Sandy, Utah, outside of Salt Lake City.

“I dumped a can today and I’m finding f***ing ballots in the garbage can, pardon my French, just mad,” said Charles West on video.

“I think it’s very important that we have a secure vote and peoples information isn’t compromised, I mean this opens these people up to fraud it opens these people up to everything, I’d be terrified if my name was on that ballot,” West told KSTU.

Last week, a California man discovered dozens of mail-in ballots discarded inside two trash cans in Santa Monica.

Two weeks ago, a United States Postal Service letter carrier from New Jersey was arrested for purportedly casting aside over 1,800 pieces of mail, including 99 election ballots, into dumpsters.

Earlier this month, the Virginia Department of Elections announced that six outdoor mail collection boxes were broken into, and had been “pried open with a tool or force.”

Balfour said people could report crimes committed by postal employees by calling the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General hotline at 888-USPS-OIG or visiting uspsoig.gov.

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Man points rifle at motorist in apparent road rage incident. But motorist grabs his own gun — and pulls trigger.

Joshua G. Taylor called 911 Friday afternoon after he was involved in a collision with another driver in what he called a road rage incident, the
River City News reported.

But while he was stopped on the side of Interstate 75 near Ft. Wright, Kentucky — and still on the phone with dispatchers — Taylor said he could see the other driver approaching with a rifle, the paper said.

What happened next?

The recording of the 911 call included a verbal confrontation between Taylor and John Patrick Abell before gunshots were heard, the News said, citing a release from Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders’ office.

Taylor told dispatch he fired shots from his own gun and struck Abell, the paper said, after which Taylor began administering first aid.

Abell, 41, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead from multiple gunshot wounds, the News noted, adding that police questioned Taylor, 43, and released him Friday evening.

Sanders told the paper no charges would be filed since the incident involved the use of justifiable force.

“Kentucky law states an individual is justified in the use of physical force upon another when the individual believes such force is necessary to protect against the use of unlawful force by another person,” Sanders said, according to the News. “The investigation by Ft. Wright and Kenton County Police Departments conclusively found the shooter was reasonably in fear for his own life and responded lawfully.”

Investigators found a Tikka 30-06 rifle on the ground near the spot where Abell fell, the paper said, adding that a Taurus 9 mm handgun was recovered from Taylor — who’s believed to have fired four times.

While Abell didn’t fire his rifle — it was unloaded with a trigger lock in place — Sanders told the News “there was no way for Mr. Taylor to know the rifle being stuck in his face was inoperable, so that does not make his reaction unreasonable or unlawful.”

Sanders added to the paper that “anyone who has a gun pointed at him should always assume the gun is loaded.”

Both Abell and Taylor were lawfully in possession of their guns, the News said, adding that Kentucky no longer requires a permit to carry concealed weapons and doesn’t require gun registration.

Anything else?

The paper said that while Abell’s autopsy and toxicology reports are still pending, investigators found multiple empty liquor containers in Abell’s SUV, and witnesses suspected Abell was impaired due to his driving before the collision.

“Mr. Taylor was coming home from his place of employment in Boone County,” Sanders told the News, “and Mr. Abell is believed to have been headed home from a day of fishing.”

As the two vehicles approached an on-ramp, contact between the two caused Abell’s SUV to spin out, coming to rest in the gore between the interstate and the on-ramp, the News reported. Then Taylor pulled over and called 911.

Sanders added to the paper that it’s unknown why Abell was driving aggressively.

More from the News:

Investigators from Ft. Wright and Kenton County Police interviewed over a dozen witnesses to the crash and shooting. All of the statements were essentially consistent and supported Taylor’s account of events. Multiple witnesses also supplied police with photos taken on cell phones. Abell can be seen in photos with his rifle in hand, threatening a bystander before pointing the gun at Taylor while he is still seated in his vehicle.

The following report from WKRC-TV aired before Sanders’ determination of justifiable force:


Police investigating possible case of self-defense after fatal shooting on interstate ramp

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MSNBC guest blasts black Kentucky attorney general with racially charged remark: ‘He’s skinfolk, but he is not kinfolk’

A guest on MSNBC declared Wednesday that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron “should be ashamed of himself” after announcing that the three police officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor will not be charged with murder, calling the black attorney general “skinfolk” but not “kinfolk.”

The racially charged comments, made by retired LAPD sergeant Cheryl Dorsey, came following a news conference held by Cameron announcing that only one officer, Sgt. Brett Hankison, would be charged with a crime, and that crime is not directly related to Taylor’s death. The other two officers, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, were placed on administrative leave but not charged by a grand jury.

Dorsey labeled the attorney general’s news conference “intellectually dishonest” and called his remarks “offensive” on MSNBC with anchor Ayman Mohyeldin.

She responded to a point made by Cameron about “celebrities, influencers, and activists” who don’t live in Kentucky creating a nonfactual narrative about what happened, saying that Cameron does not speak for black people.

“Let me just speak to this whole celebrity influencer thing, well if they can’t speak for Kentuckians, let me say this as a black woman: He does not speak for black folks,” Dorsey said.

“He’s skinfolk, but he is not kinfolk,” she continued. “And so just like he thinks they can’t speak for Kentucky, because he’s up there with a black face he does not speak for all of us.”

“This was not a tragedy. This was a murder. He should be ashamed of himself.”

Taylor was killed on March 13 when three officers entered her apartment while executing a warrant. Initial reports claimed the officers executed a “no-knock” warrant, but Cameron said a witness corroborated that the officers knocked and announced their presence before entering the apartment.

Police said Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired one shot at the officers, for which they returned fire. Walker said he thought the officers, who were not in uniform, were home invaders. Walker shot Mattingly in the leg and the three officers returned fire with more than 20 shots. Taylor was shot five times, fatally.

After reviewing the facts of the case as investigated by his office, Cameron announced that the use of force by Mattingly and Cosgrove was justified after having been fired upon by Walker. He said Kentucky law bars his office from pursuing criminal charges against the officers because their use of force was justified. Hankison has been indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree.

“The use of force by Mattingly and Cosgrove was justified to protect themselves,” Cameron said. “This justification bars us from pursuing criminal charges in Ms. Breonna Taylor’s death. The truth is now before us. The facts have been examined and a grand jury comprised of our peers and fellow citizens has made a decision. Justice is not often easy. It does not fit the mold of public opinion, and it does not conform to shifting standards. It answers only to the facts and to the law.”

“There will be celebrities, influencers, and activists, who, having never lived in Kentucky, will try to tell us how to feel, suggesting they understand the facts of this case and that they know our community and the Commonwealth better than we do,” Cameron said.

“But they don’t,” he continued. “Let’s not give in to their attempts to influence our thinking or capture our emotions.”

The state attorney general’s announcement sparked immediate outcry and the city of Louisville is preparing for a night of civil unrest. The city is currently under a 72-hour curfew order, beginning Wednesday night at 9 p.m. and continuing through 6:30 a.m.

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Louisville federal buildings boarded up as city braces for decision on whether cops will face charges for Breonna Taylor’s death

With a decision on whether or not to charge the police officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s killing anticipated this week, some federal buildings have been boarded up and in-person hearings have gone remote in Louisville, Fox News reported.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron will present the findings from the Taylor investigation to a grand jury this week and after that is expected to make an announcement about the fate of the three officers who executed a no-knock warrant on Taylor’s home in March and fatally shot her.

The federal courthouse downtown and the offices attached to the courthouse have had the windows boarded up. The courthouse will be closed to the public Monday through Friday, and scheduled in-person hearings will be conducted as video conferences.

Fox News reported that there was not an official reason given for the changes, but an unnamed official shed some light on the situation:

The order did not give a reason for the temporary closure but said it came at the request of the General Services Administration, which manages the buildings. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office in Louisville will be closed Sept. 21-25 “due to a court order,” according to the agency’s website.

An unnamed courthouse official told the Louisville Courier-Journal that the buildings would be closed this week in anticipation of a major announcement, but did not elaborate.

City and federal properties have been targeted by rioters in various cities over the past several months in response to police violence against minorities, including Taylor. A federal courthouse in Portland, for example, has been repeatedly vandalized by protesters during a streak of more than 100 straight days of protests.

The city of Louisville paid a $12 million settlement to Taylor’s family last week as part of a civil lawsuit over her killing.

Taylor was killed March 13 when officers broke into her home on a warrant that was part of a drug investigation after midnight. After Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired at the plainclothes officers upon entry, officers returned fire, hitting Taylor five times.

Walker, a legal gun owner, said he didn’t know the officers were law enforcement when he shot at them. He was initially charged with attempted murder of a police officer after hitting one of them in the leg, but the charges were later dropped. Walker has sued the city of Louisville for compensatory damages and to protect himself from being arrested again in connection with the incident.

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My Lawsuit Is Over; Here’s the Surveillance Tech the Lexington Police Department Is Hiding

After over two-and-a-half years of legal wrangling, the lawsuit filed against me by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government is over and I am going to reveal what I know about the Lexington Police Department’s super-secret cameras.

After several months of consideration, I have decided not to continue fighting LFUCG in court.

This experience has reiterated what I’ve been saying for years – we can’t trust government agencies to acquire and operate invasive surveillance technology without oversight and transparency. They hide it for a reason. They lie about it for a reason. As Patrick Henry warned:

“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them. The most iniquitous plots may be carried on against their liberty and happiness.”

In April, Fayette Circuit Court Judge Lucy VanMeter ruled that the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government could withhold documents relating to “mobile surveillance cameras” from public scrutiny. In a nutshell, she bought the city’s argument that revealing information about the cameras would create an undue burden on the city and could jeopardize officer safety.

Quite frankly, I think VanMeter’s reasoning was sloppy, and I’m pretty confident we could get her ruling overturned on appeal. But I think now is the time to end the legal fight. It’s no longer necessary.

The case has proved the point I was trying to make all along — Lexington desperately needs transparency and oversight for its surveillance programs.

Thanks to the LPD’s poor redacting skills, I have known the nature of three of the super-secret cameras since the beginning. The police department gave me a number of heavily redacted documents in response to my initial open records request. They redacted several of these using a magic marker, and I was able to read through the redactions.

According to one set of documents, the Lexington Police Department purchased a “covert utility box camera” in 2014. It’s exactly what it sounds like – a hidden camera disguised to look like a standard utility box.

An email about the new camera referenced two “street light cameras” already owned by the LPD. The email, written by then Lt. Scott Blakely of the Special Investigations Section, said that the utility box application “will provide us with a different application where street lights are not installed.”

I find the fact that the police department secretly installs cameras in street lights extremely troubling. We have no idea when or how they use this technology. We have no idea what privacy protections they have in place. We don’t know how they handle the data they gather, how long they retain it, and how they handle incidentally collected footage unrelated to the investigation. We don’t even know if they require warrants. In fact, some of the testimony during my court case indicates they do not.

The police department also purchased high-resolution Panasonic dome cameras in 2013. They appear to be mounted cameras, and not mobile,  but it’s unclear where they were deployed or how they are used.

Documents released by the Lexington Police Department during legal proceedings reveal lax surveillance policies that could be interpreted to allow surveillance virtually anyplace at any time.

An LPD document titled GO 1975-04 D establishes guidelines for police department technical surveillance. According to the document, Lexington police can conduct surveillance “when a legitimate and reasonable suspicion exists to believe an individual or organization is engaged in, is about to engage in or has the propensity to engage in illegal activity, or to believe an event may provoke community disorder, or for special event security concerns.”

These are extremely subjective criteria, particularly the ability to spy on people with a “propensity” to engage in illegal activities. What exactly does this mean? Minorities? People with particular political views? People who live in a “bad neighborhood?” This criterion could justify surveillance in virtually any situation.

Additionally, the policy for event surveillance is ripe for abuse and opens the door to target political activities or other events in a discriminatory way. This lends credence to unconfirmed rumors we’ve heard about the LPD surveilling the Lexington Roots and Heritage Festival.

The document also allows for surveillance to, “Determine whether there is reasonable suspicion to believe a crime will, has, or may occur,” and, “Obtain probable cause for obtaining search warrants.”

This indicates that the LPD is not obtaining warrants to deploy surveillance. In fact, the department apparently uses warrantless surveillance to gather evidence in order to obtain warrants.

Despite the information I was able to glean from redacted documents, the extent of the LPD’s surveillance programs remains unclear. We know nothing about the other cameras the department owns or operates, or if the city has purchased other surveillance technology since I made my initial records request three years ago.

All of this underscores the need for policies establishing oversight and transparency for all Lexington Police Department surveillance technologies.

Government agencies should have a written plan in place directing and limiting the use of surveillance technology before they acquire or use it. These plans should outline the costs and benefits of the technology, and should include specific policies directing when and under what circumstances it can be deployed, policies on the sharing and retention of data, policies outlining how information incidentally collected on innocent third parties will be handled, and policies to ensure surveillance isn’t directed at people with certain political views or minority communities in a discriminatory way.  Furthermore, the plan should be subject to public scrutiny and council approval at a public meeting – again –  before the agency acquires or begins using this technology.

To this end, a local coalition I formed called We See You Watching Lexington proposes a local ordinance that would establish this kind of oversight and transparency. The language was drafted by lawyers at the ACLU with input from other organizations concerned about privacy in this era of rapidly advancing technology. You can download the model language HERE.

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Untested Man Informed by State Health Department That He’s COVID-19 Positive

This article was originally published by B.N. Frank at Activist Post. 

No matter what your opinion is on any aspect of the current Coronavirus pandemic, it’s not a bad idea to pay attention to what’s happening where you live. For example, a Kentucky couple was recently put on house arrest – complete with electronic ankle monitors – because the wife didn’t want to sign self-quarantine orders.

From WAVE3:

After testing positive but without showing any symptoms, Linscott said the health department contacted her and requested she sign documents that will limit her traveling anywhere unless she calls the health department first. She said she chose to not sign the documents.

“My part was if I have to go to the ER, if I have to go to the hospital, I’m not going to wait to get the approval to go,” she said.

But Linscott said she would take necessary precautions if she needed to go to the hospital, like letting workers know she has recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Now a Tennessee man is reporting erroneous as well as troubling actions being taken by another state health department.

From WSMV:

Mt. Juliet man says even with no test, he’s informed he is COVID-19 positive by state

MOUNT JULIET, TN (WSMV) – Brock Ballou expected the first call.

After all, his co-worker had tested positive for COVID-19, so he expected a call from a contact tracer.

He didn’t anticipate, however, what the tracer would tell him.

“She specifically said – I’m looking at it right here – you tested positive – this is a follow up call to see how your symptoms are,” Ballou said.

There was just one major problem – because he hadn’t experienced any symptoms, Ballou hadn’t been tested yet.

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As luck would have it, contact tracing has been made easier by the widespread installation of 5G technology. Many American elected officials are using the pandemic as an excuse to use 5G as well as speed up additional installation in order to enforce the monitoring and tracking of citizens. 5G has been used for that purpose in China since before the pandemic including for what has been described as “automated racism” with Chinese Muslims (see 12).

Opposition to 5G is WORLDWIDE for a variety of valid reasons. Cities, AS WELL AS entire countries, have taken action to ban, delay, halt, and limit 5G installation as well as issue moratoriums (see 1234567891011, 121314). The majority of scientists are opposed to 5G until studies show that it’s safe.

Activist Post reports regularly about unsafe technology. For more information visit their archives.

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‘Obey’ appears in Kentucky skies just days after Democratic governor’s COVID-19 mask mandate

A skywriter drew the word “obey” above a pair of Kentucky cities,
WLEX-TV reported — and the stunt took place just days after Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s COVID-19 mask mandate.

What are the details?

WLEX said “obey” appeared above Lexington and Frankfort last Tuesday, and many viewers contacted the station about what they witnessed. Naturally many photos and videos of the skywriting were taken.


Image source: WLEX-TV video screenshot

The station noted that the “obey” skywriting recalls the 1980s movie “They Live” about a totalitarian society.

Roger Chui of Lexington told WLEX he saw the “obey” message in the sky, hopped on flightaware.com, tracked the flight pattern, and learned the plane spent about an hour in the air over Lexington and Frankfort before returning to Danville.


Image source: WLEX-TV video screenshot

WLEX said it tracked the plane that performed the skywriting to “Ghostwriter Airshows” of Boyle County.


Image source: WLEX-TV video screenshot

The pilot — who didn’t want to be identified and said he’d been bombarded with calls about the stunt — told the station he was hired to write “obey” in the sky above the two cities but wouldn’t disclose the name of his client or how much the job cost.

“You figure if someone wants to get a message out at that scale the next thing they would want to do is talk to the media,” Chui added to WLEX. “I mean they already have everyone’s attention.”

Peter Zhurbich, also of Lexington, told the station that “it has to be somebody making a point about the mask mandate probably.”

What’s up with the mask mandate?

Beshear’s mask mandate — which went into effect July 11 — requires the wearing of masks in public,
WFIE-TV reported.

The station said the mandate means that masks are required when people are near each other and unable to socially distance. WFIE added that Beshear said prior to the mandate that Kentucky’s increasing number of coronavirus cases was a concern.

“A decision not to wear a mask — you could think that there’s some liberty component, but any of that ends when you put the health and safety of someone else at risk,” he said during July 10 press conference, the station said.

The mandate requires masks in places such as retail stores, restaurants, gyms, and in outdoor spaces where people can’t stay six feet apart, WFIE said.

“I’m very aggravated and I won’t be wearing a mask,” McClean County resident Sabrina Sonner told the station. “And many of my family and friends — they won’t be wearing a mask, either.”

In a
follow-up story, WFIE reported that at the time of the mask mandate, Beshear lost a lawsuit over COVID-19 restrictions that claimed to block the governor’s new executive order.

But Beshear said his mask mandate is an administrative agency regulation, not an executive order, the station added.

Anything else?

Beshear on Monday expressed anger toward those who he said had been “secretly and covertly” taking photos of his son at baseball games and posting them online, the
Courier-Journal reported.

At his daily news conference, Beshear answered a question about why he
pulled his son, Will, 11, from a baseball tournament Sunday and replied that players weren’t taking precautions against COVID-19, including requiring masks, the paper said.

Beshear said he believes the photos were meant to send a message, the Courier-Journal added.

“I know when people try to post pictures of my kids, what they’re really trying to tell me is, ‘We know where you are. We can get to you,'” the governor added, according to the paper.

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One dead after shots fired into crowd at Breonna Taylor protest

One person is dead and another injured after a gunman fired shots into the crowd at a Breonna Taylor protest in Kentucky.

Demonstrators gathered at Jefferson Square Park in downtown Louisville on Saturday in a call for justice for the police shooting of Breonna Taylor. Around 9 p.m., the Louisville Metro Police Department started receiving calls about gunfire at the park.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department personnel arrived at the park to perform life-saving measures on a man, who eventually died at the scene. Another person from the incident was found near the Hall of Justice, which is across the street from the park. That person was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police evacuated the park, and are currently “trying to gather as much information as possible in order to identify all who were involved in the incident.” Police have not announced any possible suspects or arrests in the shooting.

An unverified video was posted on Twitter that shows a man opening fire into the park. The graphic video reportedly shows one of the alleged victims of the shooting on the ground and receiving medical attention.

“Fatal shooting reported at Jefferson Square Park. Another person injured. Still waiting to get updates and details from #lmpd,” WAVE-TV reporter Phylicia Ashley wrote on Twitter. “Witness videos allege a man was asked to leave the memorial and protest space then came back with a gun and started shooting into the crowd.”

Following the shooting, the LMPD announced that “peaceful gatherings can continue during the day,” but people will no longer be able to stay overnight at the park, and no tents are permitted.

“I am deeply saddened by the violence that erupted in Jefferson Square Park tonight, where those who have been voicing their concerns have been gathered,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said on Twitter. “It is a tragedy that this area of peaceful protest is now a crime scene.”

At least seven people were shot on May 28 during a Breonna Taylor protest in Louisville.

Demonstrations were being held over the death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman who was shot in her Louisville home by undercover police who were serving a no-knock warrant. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, believed the police were home invaders and shot at the officers, striking one of the cops.

Taylor was shot eight times. Police were serving a search warrant for a narcotics investigation. No drugs were reportedly found at Taylor’s apartment.

Louisville has since banned no-knock search warrants.

Protesters have been calling for the officers involved in Taylor’s death to be charged. One of the officers involved in the shooting, Brett Hankison, has been fired from the LMPD.

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Louisville police report on Breonna Taylor’s death left out key details, listed her injuries as ‘none’

The police report related to the police shooting of Breonna Taylor had some inaccurate and missing details, including listing “none” for Taylor’s injuries, despite the fact that officers shot her eight times and killed her during a botched raid, the Louisville Courier Journal reported.

Months after Taylor was killed when officers attempted to execute a no-knock warrant at her home after midnight as part of a drug case, Louisville Metropolitan Police released the report from the incident. The “narrative” portion of the report, where you would expect to find the most important information, only has the words “PIU investigation.

The “no” box is checked under the “forced entry” portion of the report, but officers used a battering ram to break down Taylor’s door.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called the report “unacceptable.”

“Full stop. It’s issues like this that erode public confidence in LMPD’s ability to do its job, and that’s why I’ve ordered an external top-to-bottom review of the department,” Fischer said, according to the Courier Journal. “I am sorry for the additional pain to the Taylor family and our community.”

The police department blamed the error on the reporting program, and said they’re trying to correct it.

“Inaccuracies in the report are unacceptable to us, and we are taking immediate steps to correct the report and ensure the accuracy of incident reports going forward,” an LMPD statement said.

Taylor was killed March 13 when three LMPD officers — Jon Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison — showed up to her home after midnight with a no-knock search warrant to enter her home. Taylor was named on the warrant due to an alleged connection to drug trafficking. The officers, who were reportedly dressed in plainclothes, say they knocked first anyway, but witnesses have contradicted that claim.

Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, was in the home at the time. He said he thought intruders were trying to break in. When officers burst into the apartment, Walker fired one shot that struck an officer in the leg. Officers returned fire, killing Taylor, before leaving the scene. Walker can be heard sobbing on the 911 call after the confrontation, as he was left at the home with Taylor’s dead body.

Walker was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, but that charge was later dropped. He owned the firearm used in the shooting legally. The three officers have been placed on administrative reassignment, along with Joshua Jaynes, the officer who requested the no-knock warrant, pending the investigation.

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Meghan McCain calls out Dem who used her late father’s image to attack his friend, Mitch McConnell

Meghan McCain has called out a Kentucky Democrat who is attempting to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), after the candidate used the image of her father, the late Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), in an attack ad against McConnell without the family’s permission.

What are the details?

Democrat Amy McGrath released a
campaign ad this week highlighting the “historic moment” when John McCain cast the deciding “no” vote against Senate Republicans’ bill to dismantle Obamacare.

Tuesday evening, John McCain’s widow, Cindy,
tweeted, “I’m disappointed in @AmyMcGrathKY’s use of my late husband #johnmccain image in a partisan attack ad against his good friend @senatemajldr. John’s memory should be used promote common ground and civility and not to stoke division.”

The next morning, McGrath shared the ad again on Twitter with the message, “Prior to running this ad, I reached out to a member of the McCain family, who I know, and received encouragement. I am saddened that Mrs. McCain sees this differently, but my intention is to honor Sen. McCain’s historic vote that is also a moment of public record.”

Meghan McCain didn’t buy the explanation. She replied, “Which member Amy, please name names? Because it wasn’t me or my mother. My entire family communicates before such decisions and I have no idea what you’re talking about. P.S. (ex disgruntled staffers don’t count as ‘family’)

Anything else?

The McCain family aren’t the only Republicans who have scolded McGrath for political exploitation in her race against McConnell. The Hill reported that last month, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) “asked McGrath to keep his image out of her campaign ads when she included him and other governors in an ad attacking McConnell.”

But McGrath’s present challenge is her opponent in the June 23 primary, fellow Democrat and Kentucky Rep. Charles Booker, who has racked up several high profile endorsements in recent days including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and the editorial board of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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Democratic Kentucky governor promises health care coverage for ‘100%’ of black residents

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) vowed Monday to provide health care coverage for all black residents of the state, saying that the coronavirus crisis and protests over the death of George Floyd indicate “it’s time for prioritization in black and African American communities.”

What are the details?

During a news conference, Beshear said, “In our health care system, the inequalities have been laid bare, have been exposed by this COVID-19 epidemic, and the results of inequality in health care have been shown — it’s death. By allowing this type of inequality to exist for as long as it has, we see African Americans dying at twice the rate that they make up of the population.

“It shouldn’t have taken this type of pandemic, or it shouldn’t have taken these types of demonstrations for us to commit to ending it,” the governor added.

Beshear went on to say he believes health care is a basic human right and that he would eventually like every Kentucky resident to have health care coverage, but that black residents must take precedence over anyone else and that his new initiative would be the first step.

“It’s time for prioritization in black and African American communities, so we’re going to do that,” the governor declared. “My commitment today is we are going to begin an effort to cover 100% of our individuals in our black and African American communities. Everybody. We’re going to be putting dollars behind it. We’re going to have a multifaceted campaign to do it.”


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Protesters hang Kentucky governor in effigy during Second Amendment protest at state Capitol

A large crowd of Second Amendment protesters descended on Kentucky’s state Capitol over Memorial Day weekend, demonstrating and hanging Gov. Andy Beshear (D-Ky) in effigy.

What are the details?

According to the
Louisville Courier Journal, at least 100 demonstrators visited Frankfurt on Sunday for a “Patriot’s Day” protest.

The protest, organized by Facebook group
Take Back Kentucky, was initially intended to defend the Second Amendment, but later turned into a protest to condemn Beshear’s statewide coronavirus restrictions.

Protesters chanting “Resign, Andy!” and “Come out, Andy!” visited the Capitol building, but later made their way to the governor’s mansion armed with signs that read “My rights don’t end where your fear begins” and “Abort Beshear from office.”

The protest took a turn for the dramatic when several of the protesters hung an effigy of the Democratic governor from a tree while blasting Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” over a public address system.

The effigy bore a sign that read “sic semper tyrannis,” which roughly translates to “thus always to tyrants.” The Latin phrase was popularized by John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated former President Abraham Lincoln.

Videos of the incident went viral on social media, prompting
many people on both sides of the aisle to cry out in disgust.


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What was the response?

On Twitter, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blasted the protest.

He
wrote, “As a strong defender of the First Amendment, I believe Americans have the right to peacefully protest. However, today’s action toward Governor Beshear is unacceptable. There is no place for hate in Kentucky.”

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams (R) issued similar remarks.

“I condemn it wholeheartedly,” he
tweeted. “The words of John Wilkes Booth have no place in the Party of Lincoln.”

Kentucky House Democratic Leader Joni Jenkins, House Democratic Caucus Chair Derrick Graham, and House Democratic Whip Angie Hatton issued a joint statement about the incident.

“Hanging Governor Beshear in effigy is beyond reprehensible, and yet it is also the logical conclusion of the hateful rhetoric we saw touted on the Capitol grounds earlier this month that was implicitly condoned by elected representatives from the legislature’s majority party,” the statement read.

“Doing this in front of our Capitol, just a short walk from where the Governor, First Lady, and their two young children live, is an act that reeks of hate and intimidation and does nothing but undermine our leading work to battle this deadly disease and restore our economy safely,” the statement concluded. “We call on all elected officials to condemn these actions and pledge to work to eliminate dangerous hateful speech.”


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Has Beshear’s office responded?

A spokesperson for Beshear condemned the protest in a statement.

“The act that was displayed on Capitol grounds today, near where the Governor and his young children live, was wrong and offensive,” the spokesperson said. “This type of behavior must be condemned. As Kentuckians, we should be able to voice our opinions without turning to hate and threats of violence. Put simply — we are and should be better than this.”

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Kentucky business tells customers to ‘stop listening’ to ‘dumbass’ Democratic governor, refuses to require masks in store

A convenience store in Kentucky posted a sign saying “no face masks” were allowed to be worn in the store and urged customers to stop listening to the state’s “dumbass” governor who said Kentuckians will have to wear masks in public as efforts to reopen the state get underway, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

After an angry customer complained about the store’s sign, the business “clarified” the sign’s intent and said no one would be denied entry for wearing a mask.

What happened?

Alvin’s Kitchen in Manchester is a convenience store that also includes dining options. The store posted a sign on its front door that raised the ire of at least one potential customer Monday.

The sign, which ripped Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear while seeming to ban mask wearers, said: “No face masks allowed in store. Lower your mask or go somewhere else! Stop listening to Beshear. He’s a dumbass.”

Gov. Beshear said last month that as businesses begin opening in phases everyone will be required to wear masks while out in public, the Herald-Leader reported, adding, “He said if you’re on a run or walk by yourself you won’t have to wear one, but that you must wear one when going to the store.”

Though the governor told the people that no arrests or citations would be made for those who choose not to wear a mask, police will be under orders to tell non-mask wearers to put one on.

Alvin’s message made the rounds on social media Monday afternoon and Tuesday after a Facebook user posted and urged fellow citizens to “spread their shame.” He threatened that the state government “will be notified about this and a few other things.”

Several commenters on the Facebook post lauded the store’s stance and blasted the Facebook poster for shaming the business:

  • “Being a cry baby ain’t gonna do anything to stop them from doing what they want.”
  • “It’s people’s right to choose. … ‘My body, my choice.’ Thats what liberals always say. … I haven’t worn a mask, will not wear a mask, and there isn’t a bureaucrat in this state that can make me do so.”
  • “[Y]ou don’t HAVE to go in the store, no one is forcing you in there. Just go somewhere else.”
  • “I love this & may just drive from Berea just to shop here!”
  • “I will drive out of my way tomorrow to get gas here.”
  • “Shame? Let’s applaud this person! Are you kidding.”
  • “Little cry baby B#### gonna call Frankfort and the snowflake gonna cry…”
  • “You’re a rat.”
  • “Covid snitch.”

However, several of the business’ critics called the store childish and hypocritical, pointing out that the store actually sells Trump 2020 face masks and that it didn’t make sense for Alvin’s to ban mask wearers.

How did Alvin’s respond?

After the store’s sign got national attention, the business clarified on Facebook that no one was going to be turned away for wearing a mask.

Their point, they said, was not to tell people not to wear masks but to remind them that it’s their choice — not the government’s choice to make for them.

We would like to clarify the statement behind our sign, we posted on the front door of our store. First of all, we would never deny any customer access inside our store, that is wearing a mask or not wearing a mask. We are not telling you to not wear a mask, what we are saying is, its your choice to wear one or not, not our governments choice for us. While some got the meaning behind it, alot did not. We didnt mean to offend anyone, but we will not apologize for our beliefs in our freedom to make our own decisions, that our government wants to make for us. We strive to keep our customers safe, and our employees.

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Black woman killed by police in her own home as officers raid the wrong house, lawsuit claims

Breanna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT worker in Louisville, Kentucky, was shot and killed by police in March when officers executed a search warrant at her home — and a lawsuit against the police department claims the officers were at the wrong home, according to NBC News.

What happened? On March 13, at about 12:30 a.m., three officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department knocked on the door of Taylor’s home, where she lived with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. The department says the officers announced their presence as police who had a search warrant, but the lawsuit by Taylor’s family claims the officers were in plainclothes and did not identify themselves.

The officers then broke into the home, where they were met by gunfire. Walker, who the lawsuit says is a licensed gun owner who kept firearms for home protection, allegedly believed someone was breaking into the home.

Taylor was shot eight times and died. Walker was arrested and charged with attempted murder on a police officer and assault, having allegedly shot one officer. The officer underwent surgery, according to the Courier Journal.

The officers involved — Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove — have been placed on administrative reassignment, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Family demands answers: The family is represented by Benjamin Crump, a prominent civil rights attorney who has represented numerous families in similar situations, including Ahmaud Arbery, the Georgia black man who was fatally shot in February by two men who chased him down because they allegedly believed him to be a burglar.

The family’s lawsuit claims that Louisville police were searching for a suspect named Jamarcus Glover, who is facing drug and gun charges, and had already detained Glover at his home before the execution of the warrant that led to Taylor’s death. Glover reportedly lives more than 10 miles from Taylor’s home. No drugs were found in Taylor’s home.

“Despite the tragic circumstances surrounding her death, the department has not provided any answers regarding the facts and circumstances of how this tragedy occurred, nor have they taken responsibility for her senseless killing,” Crump said in a statement.

The lawsuit accuses the officers of wrongful death, excessive force, and gross negligence, and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, and legal fees through a jury trial.

Investigation ongoing: The Louisville Metro Police Department would not comment about the case in detail, citing the ongoing investigation. The department said there is no body camera footage available because the division in which the officers serve does not utilize them.

“We held a press conference about this shooting when it occurred to detail what we were able,” spokeswoman Jessie Halladay wrote in an email to the Courier Journal. “The Public Integrity investigation remains ongoing, therefore it would not be appropriate for us to comment.”

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Federal judge gives churches major victory amid strict lockdown restrictions by Dem governor

A federal judge ruled Friday that all Kentucky churches will be allowed to hold in-person gatherings beginning this weekend so long as congregations abide by social distancing and other health guidelines from the CDC.

Tabernacle Baptist Church in Nicholasville, Kentucky, filed a lawsuit against Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, this week to allow for in-person worship services. The church’s attorney said Beshear’s order prohibiting in-person services violates the First Amendment.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove agreed — at least for now.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Van Tatenhove granted a temporary restraining order that prevents Beshear from “enforcing the prohibition on mass gatherings with respect to any in-person religious service which adheres to applicable social distancing and hygiene guidelines.”

In his court opinion, Van Tatenhove wrote:

Tabernacle Baptist Church wants to gather for corporate worship. They want to freely exercise their deeply held religious belief about what it means to be a faithful Christian. For them, it is “essential” that they do so. And they want to invoke the Constitution’s protection on this point.

But the governor, by executive order, has put a stop to that. He can do that, but he must have a compelling reason for using his authority to limit a citizen’s right to freely exercise something we value greatly—the right of every American to follow their conscience on matters related to religion. Despite an honest motive, it does not appear at this preliminary stage that reason exists.

The judge also cited how notoriously crowded grocery and hardware stores have been during the coronavirus pandemic. If social distancing is sufficient for those businesses, then it should also be sufficient for places of worship, he said.

“There is ample scientific evidence that COVID-19 is exceptionally contagious. But evidence that the risk of contagion is heightened in a religious setting any more than a secular one is lacking,” Van Tatenhove wrote. “If social distancing is good enough for Home Depot and Kroger, it is good enough for in-person religious services which, unlike the foregoing, benefit from constitutional protection.”

The ruling applies to all churches and places of worship in Kentucky, WKYT-TV reported.

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Rand Paul blasts nationwide lockdowns, says they’re ironically making US even more dependent on China

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says the nationwide stay-at-home orders must cease if America is ever to get back on its feet.

What are the details?

Speaking on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” the Republican senator said that states continuing to enforce lockdown measures are sabotaging themselves as well as the United States and its economy in the long run.

“We have no money, we have no rainy day account, we have no savings account,” he said on Wednesday. “The $3 trillion that we’ve already passed out is imaginary money. It’s being borrowed, basically, from China. So the irony is we got the virus from China, and now we’re going to be more dependent by borrowing more money from China.”

Paul explained that the only way to avoid such a pitfall is to reopen the U.S. economy.

“The only thing that recovers our economy is opening the economy,” he reasoned. “It’s not a lack of money. It’s a lack of commerce. If you let people have commerce, if you let them trade, if you take them out from forcible home arrest, our economy will recover.”

“But,” he continued, “if you keep everybody under home arrest, and you say you cannot practice your business, you cannot sell your goods, there will continue to be economic calamity.”

The Republican lawmaker said that Democratic governors are also contributing to the overall problem by refusing to open their states, and thus, their state economies.

“All these blue state governors who don’t want to open their state, now they’re clamoring for federal money to bail them out because no state revenue is coming in. We don’t have any money,” Paul insisted.


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Kentucky parents of 7 investigated for abuse after breaking social distancing rules

A family of nine has found themselves under the thumb of child protective services in Kentucky, after what they say started as a social distancing warning from a bank teller developed into an investigation of possible abuse.

After the story was first reported anonymously, the mother involved has since come forward to explain more details to Glenn Beck.

What are the details?

Reason reported the parents’ story last week, protecting their identities and explaining that the alleged social distancing “offense” occurred shortly after the family moved to Kentucky from New York City.

The parents went to the bank in order to open a joint checking account in early March, and brought five of their seven children inside because the kids were too young to stay outside unattended.

According to the account detailed by the Home School Legal Defense Association, who represents the family:

The teller immediately interrogated [the parents] about why they had brought five kids into the bank at one time. She [the teller] told them they could not get within six feet of her and that they needed to take the children out. [The mother] explained that the children were too young to be unsupervised by an adult, and neither she nor [her husband] could take them elsewhere because the couple were opening a joint account, and both had to be present.

While [the father] stayed with the children away from the counter, [the mother] opened the account, feeling self-conscious as the staff whispered to each other and watched her family suspiciously. When [the father] walked to the counter to show his New York ID and to sign, the bank staff asked why [the parents’] identifications were from different states, which the couple explained.

After the couple left, they chatted on the drive home about how ridiculous the experience had been, only to arrive at their house to find a state trooper and a social worker from child protective services who explained that they were there to investigate an anonymous hotline call claiming, according to Reason, “that a mother of five had taken her children out with a man who wasn’t their dad, and they had bruises on their arms that indicated grabbing.”

The mother offered to present her children’s birth certificates to prove that her husband was, indeed, their father, pointed out that the kids were all wearing jackets so it would be impossible for an observer to see their upper arms, and objected to the male social worker searching under her daughters’ clothing. The investigator did make at least one of the boys take off his shirt, and pulled up the girls’ sleeves to take photos.

But, despite being presented with evidence that the father was related to the children and that there were no signs of abuse, the social worker was not satisfied. The mother, Mary Sabbatino, told Glenn Beck, “After all was said and done after the initial call…now he wants an investigation because why am I homeschooling and how can I give adequate attention to that many children.”

Anything else?

HSLDA cited the Sabbatinos’ case as an example of why the organization is pushing for reforms in Child Protective Services, such as ending anonymous reports and banning open-ended investigations.

Vice President of Litigation and Development James Mason wrote of the case that it “appears that whoever made the call knew how to juice up the details with just the right kind of false information to cause an overreaction by CPS.” He added, “I suspect the COVID-19 crisis could lead to more panicked false reports of this kind.”

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Federal judge punches back at Dem mayor who ‘criminalized’ Easter drive-in church services

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, a Democrat, issued a legal directive on Thursday prohibiting churches from gathering for Easter services, even if congregants remained in their cars for a “drive-in” service.

We’re saying no church worshiping,” the mayor declared.

On Saturday, U.S. District Judge Justin Walker thoroughly rebuked the mayor for his mandate.

In an emergency ruling, Walker granted a local Louisville church, On Fire, a temporary restraining order against Fischer’s directive, allowing the church, and presumably others in Louisville, to move forward with modified Easter gatherings.

The church sued Louisville on Friday, claiming Fischer’s order violated their constitutional rights, the Louisville Courier Journal reported.

“On Holy Thursday, an American mayor criminalized the communal celebration of Easter. That sentence is one that this Court never expected to see outside the pages of a dystopian novel, or perhaps the pages of The Onion,” Walker wrote. “But two days ago, citing the need for social distancing during the current pandemic, Louisville’s Mayor Greg Fischer ordered Christians not to attend Sunday services, even if they remained in their cars to worship — and even though it’s Easter.

“The Mayor’s decision is stunning. And it is, ‘beyond all reason,’ unconstitutional,” Walker ruled.

Walker’s ruling only granted a temporary restraining order; he did not issue a final ruling. He will hear oral arguments beginning April 14.

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Kentucky to record license plates of Easter churchgoers and force 14-day quarantines, Dem governor declares

Any Kentuckian caught attending a “mass gathering” over Easter weekend will have their license plate number recorded by officials and will be forced into a two-week self-quarantine, Gov. Andy Beshear (D) announced Friday.

What are the details?

Beshear signed an executive order declaring that attendees of in-person church services or any other large gatherings over the upcoming holiday weekend will be subject to having their license plates jotted down and turned over to local health departments, who “will then come to the participant’s door and provide them with a 14-day quarantine order,” WXIX-TV reported.

“Folks, we shouldn’t have to do this,” the governor said of the order after reporting that 90 Kentuckians have died from the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. According to CNN, Beshear continued, “I think it’s not a test of faith whether you’re going to an in-person service, it’s a test of faith that you’re willing to sacrifice to protect your fellow man, your fellow woman, your fellow Kentuckian, and your fellow American.”

He argued, “This is the only way we can ensure your decision doesn’t kill someone else, that your decision doesn’t spread the coronavirus in your community, that your decision to go to a mass gathering doesn’t undermine the sacrifice of every other house of worship that is choosing the right thing.”

Beshear received push-back on his order from fellow Kentuckian and COVID-19 survivor Sen. Rand Paul (R), who reacted to the governor’s move in a statement to The Gateway Pundit, saying, “Taking license plates at church? Quarantining someone for being Christian on Easter Sunday? Someone needs to take a step back here.”

Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie (R) reacted to the same article by tweeting, “What the actual hell?”

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Physician arrested, charged with strangulation after attack on teen girls. They said he was angry they were outside amid social distancing.

Police arrested a Kentucky physician and charged him with strangulation after an attack on teenage girls caught on video — and the girls told WLKY-TV the good doctor was angry they were outside amid social distancing guidelines put in place to quell the spread of the coronavirus.

What went down?

Three witnesses said the incident began when the attacker and a woman accompanying him confronted a group of nine teens who were watching the sunset at the Norton Commons Amphitheater, the Courier-Journal reported, adding that it’s an upper-class neighborhood.

One of the witnesses contacted the station Sunday saying the alleged attacker — identified as John Rademaker, a Louisville-area physician — and the woman cursed at the teens Friday evening for being outside while COVID-19 social distancing guidelines are in place.

Video of the incident shows Rademaker exchanging words with the girls, after which he points at “this asshole right here” — and then shoves at least two girls.

Image source: Twitter video screenshot

Then he bends over before kneeling down and appears to put his hands around the neck of a third girl, who was lying on the ground. The woman with him had her hands around the third girl’s leg.

Image source: Twitter video screenshot

Here’s the clip. (Content warning: Language):

WLKY said video it obtained showed the attack stopping after a young man ran up and told Rademaker to back off. The attacker and the woman left the scene immediately after, witnesses told the Courier-Journal.

Police told the station that the victim in the attack suffered minor injuries; the paper noted that she was checked at the scene by medical personnel and didn’t require hospitalization.

What happened to Rademaker?

Rademaker — a 57-year-old from Prospect — was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with first-degree strangulation and three counts of harassment with physical contact, the Courier-Journal reported, citing a Louisville Metro Police statement.

Rademaker was released from jail later Tuesday on a personal recognizance bond, the paper added, citing online court records.

The Courier-Journal noted that Rademaker didn’t have an attorney listed in online court records as of Wednesday morning, and a May 8 arraignment hearing is scheduled at Jefferson District Court.

Baptist Health officials told WLKY that Rademaker is with an anesthesia group Baptist Health contracts with, and he was put on administrative leave following the incident.

That group released the following statement Tuesday, the station said:

SIAC, a division of One Anesthesia PLLC is aware of the incident that occurred in Norton Commons with one of its physicians, who was not on official call or due to report to the hospital in any official capacity. With that said, the partners of SIAC, a division of One Anesthesia PLLC have decided to place the physician that appeared in the video on administrative leave as of April 5th pending further investigation. Our well wishes extend to all parties involved and we will continue to monitor this situation as new information develops.

What did police have to say?

“Obviously, we do not advise individuals concerned about social distancing to take matters into their own hands and confront people about it, especially in any physical way,” police said in a statement, WKLY noted. “We ask people who are concerned about large gatherings to call 311 or 911 to report their concerns.”


Louisville physician accused of getting physical with teens over social distancing

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Dramatic video shows angry Louisville residents chasing away workers running fake coronavirus testing site

Law enforcement officials in Kentucky warned the public about fake drive-thru coronavirus testing sites set up by suspected scam artists who operated without approval by city officials.

Louisville Metro Council President David James warned residents in a Facebook post about the fake sites. In a video posted to social media by Matt Stone, photographer to the Courier-Journal, James is shown questioning and ultimately chasing away the suspected scam artists.

James is joined by several community members who question the organizers of the suspicious testing site. They offer evasive answers and ultimately pack up and run away.

One worker answered “your mama!” when asked where they were from as they scurried away.

James told the Courier-Journal these testing sites were “scams.” The mayor’s office also said police are investigating the reports of numerous testing sites around the city.

“At this time, we are advising residents experiencing symptoms to seek COVID-19 testing from hospitals, health care providers or government resources,” said city spokeswoman Jessica Wethington.

Two sites offered testing at the cost of $250 per test, and said they could provide results within 24 hours.

One testing site operator called the action a “slap in the face” and said he had been contacted by the FBI.

Here’s a local news report about “scam” testing sites:


Focus: Pop-up testing sites spotted in Louisville

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