DERBYSHIRE Police have been slammed after releasing a video slamming people who were keeping safe distances from each other in public.
The jobsworth Police force released a tweet of which has been called ‘authoritarian’ by many commentators.
It warned that ‘despite posts yesterday highlighting issues of people still visiting the #PeakDistrict despite government guidance, the message is still not getting through’, and that their drone unit had been at ‘beauty spots’ in the area.
Despite posts yesterday highlighting issues of people still visiting the #PeakDistrict despite government guidance, the message is still not getting through. @DerPolDroneUnit have been out at beauty spots across the county, and this footage was captured at #CurbarEdge last night. pic.twitter.com/soxWvMl0ls
— Derbyshire Police (@DerbysPolice) March 26, 2020
In the above clip (filmed at Curbar Edge, in the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire), the police force warned about how the ‘vehicles’ featured in the video shouldn’t be there, actions like dog walking and walking miles from home (among other things) was ‘not essential’ and that because the ‘government advise was clear’ and that ‘we are all in this together’, people are warned to ‘only travel if it is essential’ in order to ‘#StayHomeSaveLives’.
The force were heavily criticised on Twitter for their actions. Daily Mirror associate editor Kevin Maguire felt that Derbyshire Police weren’t showing ‘common sense and respect’, unlike much of the country, and pointed out the clip’s inaccurate message, in relation to how the coronavirus spreads.
Everybody needs to show a bit of common sense and respect, including Derbyshire police. If people are 2m apart then walking in the hills is less likely to spread coronavirus than staying cooped up in towns and cities, exercising in more crowded urban areas https://t.co/U21Mylzao4
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) March 27, 2020
Daily Telegraph columnist Madeline Grant noted that the video was ‘petty’ and was akin to a ‘communist dictatorship’.
Policing walkers who are observing social distancing rules is pretty bloody non-essential if you ask me. Still at least it's a break from pursuing nasty tweets and 'mis-gendering'
I believe we can fight Covid without behaving like a communist dictatorship, hope I'm right https://t.co/SHuw6WvDML
— madz_grant (@Madz_Grant) March 26, 2020
Breitbart UK journalist Chris Tomlinson plainly mocked the clip, adding the audio track (the original clip lacked audio) from the track ‘The Happiest Days of Our Lives’ by acclaimed progressive rock act Pink Floyd, off their 1979 classic The Wall, whereby someone states ‘you, yes you! Stand still, laddy!’.
I found a clip of the video with the audio. pic.twitter.com/ydZH9G2JBZ
— Chris Tomlinson (@TomlinsonCJ) March 26, 2020
We are sleepwalking into a police state. Cops are using drones to spy on dog-walkers. We’re being asked to snitch on neighbours who go out twice a day. This is nasty stuff. We mustn’t let the lockdown turn us into Stasi informers, says Brendan O’Neillhttps://t.co/WIa0FO8scA
— spiked (@spikedonline) March 27, 2020
As of now, the UK currently has 17,089 cases of the coronavirus, with 1,019 deaths and 135 recoveries. This compares to the worldwide total, with 657,434 cases of the coronavirus, 30,419 deaths and 141,419 recoveries so far.