“You’re a Black man in America. You know you don’t want to be nowhere where cops are. You know you don’t want to be nowhere where cops are cause I know I don’t, and I’m a middle-aged, middle-class Black woman. I don’t want to be around where the cops are because I don’t know if I’m going to walk away alive or not.”
A local police union and Nevada Republicans are now calling for Ballou to apologize and resign. In response to the outcry, she declared, “What the record shows, is that I communicate with those who appear before me in a manner that is straightforward and understandable.”
Spencer added, “I think anybody can understand there are probably more bodies that have been dumped in Lake Mead, it’s just a matter of, are we able to recover those?”
An ongoing drought has led to a steep decline in the water level of Lake Mead, the nation’s largest manmade reservoir, which is located in Nevada and Arizona and is formed by the Hoover Dam. Water levels have dropped to 1,055 feet, down from 1,080 feet a year ago — an alarming trend for a reservoir that provides water to more than 40 million people in states like Nevada, Arizona and California, as well as Mexico.
Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health have recommended individuals remain at least 6 feet (1.8 meters) from one another to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The minimum distance is based on the average trajectory of nasal droplets once expelled from the nose, mouth, or whatever infected orifice a person might have. (If this person can expel nasal droplets from more openings than their mouth and nose, I suggest they be put to death. They will be a danger to humanity, no matter what contagion is in the air.)
This “social distancing” has caused some consternation among many people. For introverts, however, it’s called life as we know it. But, in order to help people understand exactly what the 6-foot minimum is, each state has comprised analogies for their particular citizenry.