Law enforcement agencies Wednesday took to Twitter to deny rumors that they are ticketing individuals who are outside during the shelter in place order.
Los Angeles comedian Ashley Ray wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning, “Heads up LA: Cops are starting to pull people over as spot checks to see where you’re going/coming from. If it’s considered nonessential, they will give you a $400 ticket. Just happened to a friend of my coworker’s coming back from her boyfriend’s place.”
The tweet received more than 8,000 retweets and more than 30,000 likes by 8 p.m.
The Los Angeles Police Department responded to the tweet, “We have no evidence of any LAPD officers being involved in these types of ‘spot checks.”’
Other law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles County also tweeted to clear up rumors about arrests and tickets issued to people out on the streets during the shelter in place order.
“We have been made aware of some rumors circulating on social media. Here are a couple we would like to clear up…1 – No, we are not pulling people over to ask where they are going 2 – we are NOT issuing citations to people for being outside,” the Pomona Police Department wrote.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Santa Clarita Valley Station also tried to dispel rumors on Twitter, telling its followers that they are not pulling people over to ask where they’re going and they’re “not using drones to watch you.”
There was no immediate response to a tweet sent to Ray by City News Service Wednesday night seeking comment to law enforcement denying her allegation.