Out of control politicians at the state and local levels are forcing their police departments to harass citizens who refuse to comply with over-the-top social distancing policies, and that is resulting in a whole lot of anger and resentment. Blood will be spilled if it is not stopped.

The New York Post published pictures this weekend of police officers who were dispatched to keep an eye on residents of the Big Apple who dared to head to the city's parks to enjoy the warm sunshine on Saturday. The Post reported officers engaged park-goers who were not wearing masks or appeared to be less than six feet away from others in the park. The paper also said more than a thousand police officers were sent to keep Metropolis safe from the sunbathers. Who was watching the bad guys?

Video has surfaced of police in riot gear, armed with batons, forming a line in Sacramento, California to defend humanity against protesters who were simply demanding that Governor Gavin Newsom reverse his order closing the beaches. The people simply want to go to the beach and are confronted by baton-wielding police in riot gear!

In New Mexico, Governor Michelle Grisham invoked the "Riot Control Act" and ordered all roads into the city of Gallup closed. Fox 34 reported state and local police, as well as the National Guard, were called in to keep people from entering the city where they might spread COVID-19.

Forty-Six News first broke video last week of police in Wisconsin who showed up at a woman's home and harassed her because she "violated a state order" by allowing her young daughter to keep a play date with a friend.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is promising to arrest and imprison anyone who refuses to adhere to her social distancing edicts.

Dictatorial politicians are using their police officers as their private armies to enforce over the top mandates. This pits citizen against citizen and has the potential to end very badly. It has to cease immediately before someone gets hurt.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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