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Police won't pull people over for violating Indiana's stay-at-home order


Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks at the 2018 State GOP Convention. Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said that law enforcement should not pull people over for violating the stay-at-home order during Gov. Holcomb's press briefing. Dominick Jean

State, county nor city police can pull people over for violating Gov. Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home order, Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said Thursday during a live streamed press briefing organized by Gov. Eric Holcomb and other state officials.

“That cannot happen in the state of Indiana,” Carter said. “And if someone feels they’re being targeted, they need to report that.”

He said since the order was announced, he has received about nine reports of this happening. Indiana State Police officers are still investigating the claims, but none of them have been substantiated so far.

Holcomb’s stay-at-home order also distinguished between nonessential and essential jobs. Essential jobs include pharmacists and construction workers. However, Clark said Thursday there is no requirement to carry documentation proving the person’s job is considered essential.

State officials also discussed fiscal reserves helping Indiana bounce back from economic hardship, hospitals needing to continue to prepare for a surge in patients and a rise in unemployment claims.

"This isn't just a marathon, but a triathlon," Holcomb said.

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