Chief: Arresting violators of COVID-19 orders is “the last thing we want to do.”March 31, 2020, 11:03 AM9 min read After some of the nation’s first arrests for violations of coranavirus-related distancing orders, police across the country are attempting to navigate the delicate task of enforcing the new rules — preferably less with handcuffs than with help from the community, police leaders told ABC News. In Charles County, Maryland over the weekend the sheriff’s office arrested a man for holding a bonfire at his house with about 60 people. They said because he was in violation of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s emergency coronavirus order, and it was the second time police had visited for the alleged violation. A New York City bar operator was also arrested this weekend for a purported violation of a local executive order against nonessential gatherings there. On Monday, the Henrico County Sheriff’s office arrested Tampa, Florida, Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne for purportedly being in violation of the social distancing order put in place by neighboring Hillsborough County, where the Pastor’s church is located. Howard-Browne held a service that was livestreamed, showing more than 10 people in the Evangelist church. A week before his arrest he vowed


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