Man who claimed he had Coronavirus arrested on terrorism charges for coughing on shoppers in Walmart

Man who claimed he had Coronavirus arrested on terrorism charges for coughing on shoppers in Walmart

Newsweek’s web page tells the story of a man in a Wal-Mart who deliberately coughed on shoppers, with the threat of spreading coronavirus –

“A man who allegedly coughed on shoppers in a Tennessee Walmart while shouting that he had coronavirus was arrested and charged with violating the terrorism hoax act.

District Attorney General Matthew Stowe said the man’s behavior was an act of terrorism in a press release. The man was also charged with disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment, according to Nashville’s News Channel 5.

“What might have been a joke to one person, became a frightening threat to several others,” he said. “A violation of this sort where the agent is indeed an active agent is an act of terrorism and a Class A felony; violation for the hoax of spreading is a Class C felony,” Stowe added.

The United States’ Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen wrote in a memorandum to federal law enforcement officials in March that coronavirus “appears to meet the statutory definition of a ‘biological agent'” and as such, those purposefully transmitting the disease could potentially be charged with terrorism.Those found guilty of terrorist acts face some of the most serious penalties in the legal system. Depending on the nature of the terrorist threat and the state, a conviction for making a terrorist threat can be given a fine ranging from $200 to more than $250,000 and a prison sentence of up to 100 years or more.

In March, the state of Tennessee launched the “Do Your Part, Stay Apart” campaign to help fight the spread of coronavirus.

“COVID-19 is a serious threat to the health and livelihood of our state that must be treated seriously by Tennesseans so that we can slow the spread of this virus,” explained Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, who urged residents to help “keep our people healthy and get our lives back to normal as soon as possible.”

Social distancing is the key to keeping people safe, said Governor Lee. “Right now, the best way for us to care for one another is to keep our distance—and take care of our neighbors. Give them a call or video chat. We’re all in this together. Please do your part, by staying apart.”

Any member of the public who acts in a threatening manner will be arrested and charged, reiterated General Matthew Stowe. “During this emergency and quarantine, we will protect the general public by enforcing the Governor’s orders,” said Stowe.

“Anyone who refuses to adhere to law enforcement warnings runs the risk of being arrested and charged. This pandemic is not a joke, it is a serious matter and can be fatal to some people.”

Coronavirus is a highly contagious virus that attacks the lungs. It originated in Wuhan, China, but the U.S. is now the epicenter of the disease, with more than 368,000 coronavirus cases and over 10,000 deaths. Approximately 20,000 people have recovered from the virus to date.”


Man who claimed he had Coronavirus arrested on terrorism charges for coughing on shoppers in Walmart was last modified: January 5th, 2023 by admin
Categories: Covid-19
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