HAWAII — Islanders suffered under nearly three years of martial law from 1941-1944; so oppressive that it was later described by a federal judge as a “military dictatorship.” All manner of civilian liberties were replaced by oppressive military orders enforced by American soldiers.
MUNCIE, IN — In 1893, an outbreak of smallpox caused public health officials to take drastic, draconian measures to prevent the spread of disease. The unpopular, violent quarantine that followed provides a memorable case study of the failings of forcible mandatory quarantine of a city.
FERGUSON, MO — Governor Jay Nixon has issued an executive order declaring that Missouri is under a State of Emergency; thereby granting extraordinary police powers to law enforcement accompanied by a suspension of ordinary civilian freedoms.
CLAIRTON, PA — An evening excursion for ice cream resulted in a teenage girl going to the hospital in a neck-brace, after police found her in public just a few minutes past the government-imposed curfew for minors.
BALTIMORE, MD — The City Council of Baltimore voted to create one of the most stringent government curfew systems in the nation. Under the new restrictions, youths will be legally permitted to appear in public for only a few hours per day. Police may seize them on sight and take them to detention centers where they will be interrogated by social workers. Parents face stiff fines and jail time if their children are discovered in public during curfew hours.