Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner over the weekend asked his city’s “criminals” and “crooks” if they would refrain from committing crimes during the coronavirus outbreak and “chill” instead.
Turner, speaking Sunday at a press briefing regarding Houston’s handling of coronavirus, advised lawbreakers to “stay home” until the pandemic is over.
He did it guys…
Democrat Mayor of Houston has put an end to all crime by simply telling criminals to “take a break” and “chill”
A truly amazing approach
Hopefully you can all sleep better knowing the great actions Mayor Sylvester Turner is taking ? pic.twitter.com/hjBB6Ae5L3
— Ashley StClair ?? (@stclairashley) March 30, 2020
“Let me just make my plea. Until the coronavirus is resolved, criminals take a break, OK!” the Texas Democrat said.
“Stay home, OK? Stay home. And don’t commit any crimes!”
Staying off the streets would keep criminals and law enforcement “safe,” Turner said.
“So everybody chill! Crooks, criminals, you chill! Wait until the coronavirus is over! OK, and then we’ll all be OK!” he added.
Conservatives at social media mocked Turner for his remarks, finding his attempt to persuade the city’s lawless elements absurd.
“He did it guys,” conservative Twitter personality Ashley St. Clair tweeted sarcastically on Monday.
“Democrat Mayor of Houston has put an end to all crime by simply telling criminals to ‘take a break’ and ‘chill’ A truly amazing approach Hopefully you can all sleep better knowing the great actions Mayor Sylvester Turner is taking.”
Houston has instituted social distancing measures aimed at slowing the spread of the disease, but Turner has made it clear the city is not on “lockdown.”
As of Monday, the Houston Health Department reported 309 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, and three COVID-19 deaths.
Turner, meanwhile, isn’t the only big city mayor to try curbing violence amid the coronavirus crisis by pleading with crooks to cool it.
In mid-March, Baltimore Mayor Jack C. Young requested that criminals in the gun violence-plagued city stop shooting each other, as coronavirus patients would need the hospital beds.
“We cannot clog our hospitals with their beds with people who are being shot senselessly because we are going to need those beds for people who might be infected with the coronavirus, and it could be your mother, your grandmother or one of your relatives,” Young said during a press briefing.
“So, take that under consideration and put down the guns.”