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The 20-year-old man who filmed himself punching an elderly Army veteran in a Detroit nursing home was moved to the nursing home after he was diagnosed with Covid-19, his father says.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Ok'd the transfer of Covid-19 patients to nursing homes where the most vulnerable elderly population is housed.

"He never should have been housed -- quarantine with the victim that he eventually assaulted. That should have never happened," said the suspect's father who asked not to be identified. He said his son has a history of mental health issues.

Police were unaware of the assault until after the video went viral on social media. The suspect was identified by social media users, but his name has not been released by police.

The suspect is also under investigation for beating a staffer at a group home where he was sent after being diagnosed with Covid-19 at the University of Michigan Hospital.

The attack, which was filmed by the suspect, happened on May 15 at the Westwood Nursing Home in northwest Detroit, police confirmed.

The suspect was arrested Thursday and is being held without bond on assault and battery charges.

The 75-year-old patient is being treated for his injuries at a local hospital. The man's family said they had no idea their father was taken from his apartment and placed in a nursing home in northwest Detroit. They said they tried calling him at his apartment but he didn't answer.

The viral video caught the attention of President Donald Trump, who tweeted late Thursday: "Is this even possible to believe? Can this be for real? Where is this nursing home, how is the victim doing?"

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was heavily criticized for sending Covid-19 patients to nursing homes in that state. Thousands of nursing home patients died from the coronavirus in NY before Cuomo reversed his decision.

80% of all Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. are nursing home patients and people over age 65.

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Michigan's Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer has apparently caved to demands by outraged citizens to lift restrictions and reopen the state so they can return to work.

Whitmer angered voters when she locked down the state and banned travel between residences. Family members were not allowed to visit each other, and police were ordered to arrest violators.

Whitmer said on Good Morning America on Friday that she hoped to reopen the state by May 1. That is the date that President Donald Trump ordered all governors to reopen their states to avoid collapsing the economy.

"I do hope to have some relaxing come May 1st, but it's two weeks away, and the information, the data and our ability to test is changing so rapidly. It's hard to tell you precisely where we'll be one week from now, let alone two weeks from now," she said.

Whitmer changed her stance and plans to relax her draconian rules after thousands of residents took to the streets in protest this week.

Additionally, four sheriffs said they would not enforce Whitmer's stay-at-home policy because she was "overstepping" her executive authority.

"Each of us took an oath to uphold and defend the Michigan Constitution, as well as the US Constitution, and to ensure that your God-given rights are not violated," the sheriffs said in a joint statement. "We believe that we are the last line of defense in protecting your civil liberties... As sheriffs of this community, we want you to know we have your back and will continue to serve the people who entrusted us with your protection."

Protesters in Virginia, North Carolina and Minnesota disrupted traffic and marched in the streets. President Trump showed support for the demonstrators on Twitter.com.

Minnesota's Democratic Governor Tim Walz also caved to protests in his state. Residents are allowed to go fishing, boating, hunting and hiking as long as they maintain a safe distance.

COVID-19 causes mild symptoms or no symptoms in most healthy adults. The virus causes acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and potentially fatal pneumonia among the elderly, particularly those with chronic illnesses such as respiratory and heart problems, HIV/AIDS, obesity, and smokers.

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Pro-Trump demonstrators took part in a protest for "Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine" at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on Wednesday, April 15.

The protesters are upset with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's draconian measures that include a stay-at-home order and no travel between residences to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Hundreds protested on foot while many more protested in their cars in what they call "Operation Gridlock."

As of Saturday, residents are prohibited from visiting friends and family and they must stay in their homes 24-hours-a-day except to go grocery shopping or to visit their doctor.

Only essential items can be sold in grocery stores or big box stores like Home Depot or Lowes in Michigan. Many employees have been furloughed as a result of the loss in foot traffic.

Demonstrators referred to Whitmer as a "dictator," and they criticized her heavy handed restrictions across the state.

Activists say Whitmer is doing the most to impress presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden so he will pick her as his VP.

A petition to impeach Whitmer drew over 100,000 signatures online.

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Despite the protests, Whitmer defended her aggressive stance.

"Not one of us wants to go through this again, not in a month, not in the fall," Whitmer told ABC News.

"I want you to have your freedom. I want to have mine, too. We will get to a place where we can be with our friends and family again. It's OK to be frustrated, it's OK to be angry. If it makes you feel better to direct it at me, that's OK, too. I've got thick skin ... I just ask that those who are protesting these orders, do so in a safe manner so that you don't get sick and you don't subject our first responders to risk either."

 

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Joe Biden, the apparent Democratic nominee, is in talks to pick his running mate and possible vice president from a short list of female candidates.

His list includes Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (pictured).

Whitmer's latest executive order has locked Michigan tighter than a drum -- even though she acknowledged Covid-19 cases are decreasing in her state.

Whitmer has banned public or private gatherings and she extended her stay-at-home order to include banning individuals "traveling between two residences."

Starting Saturday, April 11, Michigan residents can no longer visit friends or relatives or their second homes or vacation rentals within the state, according to the Washington Times.

Additionally, Whitmer ordered big box stores and home improvement stores to rope off "nonessential" merchandise and goods to decrease foot traffic in stores.

The Washington Examiner said Whitmer's draconian measures are like "an audition for vice president, and that's bad for Michigan."

Whitmer claims her unconstitutional executive orders are necessary because the coronavirus is pushing the healthcare system to the brink.

But one registered nurse disagrees and has accused Whitmer of promoting more fear to make herself "look better for Joe Biden."

In a lengthy open letter, the nurse wrote: "Michigan sees the puppet you have become for the Democratic party. Shame on you for what you are doing to Michigan!"

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Rep. James E. Clyburn, the highest-ranking Black Congressman, would like nothing more than to see Biden pick a Black woman - either Mayor Bottoms (left) or failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams - as his running mate.

But Whitmer is at the top of Biden's short list -- and she's determined to stay there.

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It's beginning to look like Joe Biden is not going to pick a woman of color as his running mate. Many believed Biden would pick a woman of color such as Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms or California Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice president if he wins the election in November.

According to published reports, the Democratic frontrunner, who has been missing in action recently, is considering Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer as his pick for vice president.

Whitmer's name was tossed into the hat because Biden's team are impressed with her response to the coronavirus outbreak in America.

The governor does not mince words when she criticizes President Donald Trump on social media. Whitmer has expressed disappointment in the federal government's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The White House has exchanged words with the governor, even referring to her as "the woman from Michigan," a title she wears as a badge of honor.

Whitmer, who assumed office in January 2019, is a 48-year-old native of Lansing. She is married with 2 children.

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