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Topics : Lockdowns and social distancing measures introduced around the world to try and curb the COVID-19 pandemic are reshaping lives, legislating activities that were once everyday freedoms and creating new social norms.But there are always some people who don’t play by the rules.Rule-breaking is not a new phenomenon, but behavioral scientists say it is being exacerbated in the coronavirus pandemic by cultural, demographic and psychological factors that can make the flouters seem more selfish and dangerous. Here are some questions and answers on the science of human behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic:What makes some people flout and others obey the rules?A key factor is individualism versus collectivism.”Some countries…tend to be higher on individualism, which is about expressing your sense of identity and who you are as an individual,” said Jay Van Bavel, an associate professor of psychology at New York University. People in individualist cultures tend to reject rules and ignore attempts by public health authorities to “nudge” behavior change with risk messages or appeals for altruism.”If you say, for example, that wearing a mask will help protect others, people in individualistic cultures just care less,” said Michael Sanders, a expert at the Policy Institute at King’s College London.In collectivist cultures, people are more likely to do what’s best for the group.Are trust and fear important?Yes. These and other instincts are significant influences on human behavior.In societies with more political division, for example, people are less likely to trust advice from one side or the other, and also tend to form pro- and anti-camps.Optimism and fear are also crucial. A little of both can be positive, but too much of either can be damaging.”In a situation like a pandemic, (optimism) can lead you to take risks that are incredibly dangerous,” said Van Bavel.Why is social distancing difficult?”We are truly social animals,” said Van Bavel. “Our bodies and brains are designed for connection and the pandemic in many ways goes against our instincts to connect.”That’s partly why local outbreaks can crop up in bars and nightclubs, or religious ceremonies, weddings and parties.”People have a hard time resisting that tendency for social and group connection.”If rule-breakers are a minority, why does it matter?”The problem is that, in a massive collective problem like the one we’re facing now, if everybody breaks the rules a little bit, then it’s not dissimilar to lots of people not following the rules at all,” said Sanders.
Versailles, In. — More than 50 people packed the Ripley County Circuit Room for a 2 ½ hour hearing to determine the legal fate of former Jac-Cen-Del volunteer assistant girls basketball coach, Chad Pindell.After hearing the testimony of seven witnesses called by the defense special judge Jon Cleary sentenced to Pindell to 36-months in prison with no time suspended, no probation and no parole. Pindell will get credit for 39 days served and be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years following his release.Defense attorney Jud McMillin and witnesses described Pindell as a good man who had made a bad choice, a decision he has accepted responsibility for and has demonstrated remorse.McMillin pointed out apparent flaws in the Indiana Risk Assessment System. The system allows scores to be voided by simply by identifying the crime as sex-related. Pindell’s low score from a lack of criminal history, no substance abuse issues and adequate family and peer support was thrown out because of the policy. Additionally, McMillin argued the age of consent in Indiana 16 and the victim was 17 ½ at the time. In Indiana, a person over the age of 21-years-old can legally have a relationship with someone 16-years-old or older. Charges were filed in this case because Pindell cleared legal thresholds by being a volunteer at the school.During testimony, Indiana State Police detective Peter Tressler presented evidence that there were 4,858 Snapchat conversations between Pindell and the victim between January 16, 2018, and February 12, 2018. The messages were exchanged just before the two participated in sexual activity on school property. Tressler told the court there was a former player that Pindell had messaged with in excess of 2,000 times as well.Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel characterized the flow of messages between the two as “grooming”, while McMillin asserted the communication was school related and that the number may seem high but the number of messages accumulate quickly.At one point during the proceedings, McMillin asked the judge for permission to allow the people who supported Pindell to stand- an overwhelming majority took to their feet.During closing arguments, Hertel placed an empty chair in view of the judge and asked, Who is here for the victim? She was a standout athlete, top student and her senior year was ruined by his actions.”This story will be updated.
The same day his son turned four months old, Travion Ford appeared in court facing a murder charge in the case of a USC student who was stabbed to death last fall.The trial for the 25-year-old began Aug. 17 in front of an emotional group of family and friends. Three days later, the prosecution and defense gave their opening statements, presenting critically different versions of what happened the night 23-year-old USC School of Cinematic Arts student Bryan Frost died.While Ford has admitted to stabbing Frost, he has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder. Ford’s public defender, Diane Butko, insisted in court that her client didn’t intend to kill Frost in the Sept. 18, 2008 incident and the act was made in self-defense.The sequence of events detailed in Deputy District Attorney Kennes Ma’s opening statement, however, aimed to show that Ford acted not in self-defense, but out of violence.According to Ma, Frost and two others were near the corner of 28th Street and Orchard Avenue after leaving the 901 Bar and Grill when he slammed a metal gate shut, prompting Ford — who was at his mother’s house with his fiancé, Anquenette Young — to confront the three men.Ford and Frost exchanged words, then began to fight one another, throwing punches and wrestling on the ground. At one point, Ma told the jury, Frost pinned Ford to the ground and then got up to walk away. After being released, Ford ran inside his mother’s apartment and returned with a knife. After confronting Frost again, Ford stabbed him.Butko’s opening remarks told a similar tale, but with key differences.“The only reason Mr. Ford used deadly force was because he felt his life was in danger and he would die,” Butko said in her opening statement.Butko said Ford tried to “poke” Frost with a knife he already had while he was pinned down because he was having difficulty breathing.“Mr. Ford had a knife in the front pocket of his sweatshirt and he finally gets it and tries to poke him,” Butko said. “He’s not sure he even made contact.”There was no second fight, Butko continued — after Frost let go of Ford, Ford ran inside the apartment complex to find help and after he was unable to do so, returned to protect Young, who Butko said was being verbally harassed by the three students. Ford and Young left the scene because he didn’t want the fight to continue, Butko said.USC student Nicholas Wisniewski, who was with Frost and was the first witness to testify.When Ford originally confronted Frost about the gate, Wisniewski said Ford was very aggressive and started the physical fight.“The defendant took a swing at Bryan and Bryan responded,” Wisniewski said in his testimony.Things then escalated, Wisniewski said. Young began to yell at Wisniewski and USC student Chris Funkhouser, who was also with Frost, while Ford and Frost both fell to the ground. After Frost let Ford up, the three walked away to avoid another fight, Wisniewski said. They then heard a shout and saw Ford coming toward them.“He came up and sort of shoved Bryan. They swung for a few seconds and then he turned and ran away,” Wisniewski said. “It was very fast.”After Ford and Young left, the three continued to walk away before Frost suddenly stopped.“He turns to me and he says, ‘Yo dude, I think I just got stabbed,’” Wisniewski said. “And he lifts up his shirt and I see blood pouring out of his left side.”Wisniewski also recounted trying to keep Frost alert while he called the USC Department of Public Safety.“I propped his head up on my knees and was talking to him, trying to keep him awake,” he said.Frost’s mother — who traveled from Idaho to Los Angeles for the trial with other members of Frost’s family — sobbed as Wisniewski’s call to DPS was played in the courtroom.Ford — who also had family members in the courtroom — sat stoically throughout the proceedings, often looking back toward his family and blowing kisses in their direction.While Ma stressed Ford’s aggression in his remarks, Butko said Ford was remorseful for what happened.“When he found out this individual had died, he fell to his knees,” she said. “He was crying, he was praying — he didn’t know what to do.”Ultimately, the jury must determine if Ford acted in self defense or if the act should be considered murder.The trial continues this week, and Ma said he expects closing arguments to occur Wednesday or Thursday.If convicted of first-degree murder, Ford faces 26 years to life in prison.