A shocking video has been received by the Michigan Sentry showing law enforcement shutting down a gym in Lincoln Park while an alleged plainclothes officer from Detroit was allowed to leave the facility as the ordinary gym attendees were punished, ticketed and fined.
The video can be seen here:
At the beginning of the video, a lady can be heard remarking about the hypocrisy and the insanity of strip clubs and full-service bars being allowed to open while gyms are forcibly shuttered. This is when the person holding the camera tries to leave but is stopped. This is when the plainclothes officer can be seen leaving the facility.
Several individuals have reportedly confirmed that the individual seen leaving the gym is a plainclothes officer with the Detroit Police Department named Lamar Harris, but have done so off the record due to fears of possible retribution.
According to a report from the Detroit News, he graduated and became an officer in 2019. They also presented photos of celebrated cookies made by Harris’ friends and family, shaped as guns and barbells, featuring his presumed badge number, 881. Details from Harris’ Instagram account can be seen here:
Another man can be heard in the video telling police officers that their priorities are “messed up” for focusing on gyms while violent mobs attack cities. A cop responded by saying he is just following orders.
Law enforcement can be seen ushering people out of the gym, enforcing Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s shutdown edicts. They also can be seen handing out tickets to people who were trying to work out. This is not doing any public relations favors for them as left-wing activists call to defund the police nationwide.
Last week, the forced shuttering of the Lincoln Park gym made statewide news:
Police shut down a gym in Lincoln Park and cited its owners and members for violating Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order.
On Wednesday afternoon, several officers walked inside RTB Gym and told the owner and members they would be receiving citations.
Owner Tino Ulicne said he knew he was defying the governor’s orders when he re-opened in late June.
“I don’t understand,” Ulicne said. “Like, if we take all the right precautions, why can’t we open?”
Gyms in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula are allowed to open under Phase 5 of the MI Safe Start Plan, but the rest of the state remains in Phase 4.
Michigan, along with several other states, has seen a recent spike in new COVID-19 cases.
Ulicne said defiance was a financial necessity, as this is his only means of income.
“It’s a do or die situation,” he said.
Lincoln Park police said they learned the gym was back open on Monday when someone spoke up during a city council meeting.
Ulicne said he thought he may get a slap on the wrist or maybe a ticket, but didn’t expect this.
Police issued 21 violations to gym staff and members like Scott Taylor.
“I happened to finish my workout and they got me on the way out,” Taylor said.
He, like Ulicne, is planning to fight this in court.
Attorney Nick Somberg, representing several of those ticketed pro bono, says none of the members should have received tickets for simply being inside the gym. He says they plan to fight the violations in the court.
“The Governor’s executive order 2020-21 order specifically exempts and encourages people to leave their home to engage in recreational activity. People go to the gym to get healthy. If this was a strip club then there would’ve been no issue,” he told Action News.
Law enforcement seemingly giving a pass to one of their own while cracking down on the ordinary folks will only add to the animus that is building against police. Perhaps they should consider standing down and not enforcing Gov. Whitmer’s unconstitutional, anti-American edicts next time.