The memo, sent by Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to other department officials, law enforcement agencies, and U.S. Attorneys, reportedly says that intentionally exposing and infecting other people with COVID-19 “potentially could implicate the Nation’s terrorism-related statutes.” “Threats or attempts to use COVID-19 as a weapon against Americans will not be tolerated,” Rosen reportedly wrote. The memo was first reported by Politico.
On Monday, Gurbir Grewal filed multiple charges, including third-degree terroristic threatening, against a man who deliberately coughed on an employee at a supermarket. Last Sunday, 50-year-old George Falcone was allegedly standing too close to a worker at a Wegmans in Manalapan, and when asked to back off, purposefully coughed on her and said he had coronavirus. (“Didn’t cough on anyone and never mentioned corona,” he told Reuters in a Facebook message.)