What did anyone expect the response would be when police department officials, such as Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, announce that, in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus (?), they will not arrest anyone who tries or actually succeeds in stealing cars as well as committing other thefts and drug offenses? What did anyone expect when social media platforms permit demands for citizens to help others loot stores? The first instinct when the veneer of civilization in the form of law and order is threatened is to do whatever is necessary to protect yourself and your family. This is the time for government officials to reassure the community that we will be protected, not to transmit the message that we are all on our own.

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