Police stormed Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey and arrested the owners for not complying with communist Governor, Phil Murphy’s controversial Chinese coronavirus shutdown orders. According to a the terrifying witness report from inside the gym:
…. a SWARM of Camden County Sheriffs & local Bellmawr police (with K-9 units waiting in a vehicle) come bursting thru the door.
Police stated, 33-year-old Ian Smith, and 51-year-old Frank Trumbetti, are both charged with one count of fourth-degree contempt, obstruction, and violation of disaster control act — both disorderly persons summons. Read more here
Atilis Gym posted a video of the arrest on Facebook:
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Article below from May 18, 2020.
The Bellmawr Gym, a small business in New Jersey, reopened In defiance of Democratic Governor Phil Murphy’s controversial Chinese coronavirus “Executive Order 107” that shuts down so-called “nonessential” businesses. The owners cited their Constitutional rights in their decision to resume operations at the members-only facility.
Hundreds of people waving American flags came out to show support for the gym, with many toting signs critical of Gov. Phil Murphy.
Bellmawr police stood in front of the door of Atilis Gym and announced the gym was in violation of Murphy’s order but told the American flag waving crowd, “Formally, you’re all in violation of the executive order. On that note, have a good day.” The entire exchange was very respectful.
The patriotic crowd went wild and chanted “USA! USA! USA!”
Crowds can be heard chanting “we must get back to work” and held signs that read, “small businesses are essential.”
“All small business is essential, and our constitutional rights are the most important thing that any American can uphold” said gym co-owner Ian Smith. “We’re here, being civilly disobedient, being peaceful operating our business as we should be able to.”
Gov. Phil Murphy threatened that the state might take action if the owners continue to be defiant.
“I’m not concerned it will spiral out of control, and we will take action,” Murphy said. “If you show up at that gym again tomorrow, there’s going to be a different reality than showing up today. These aren’t just words. We’ve got to enforce this, but I also don’t want to start World War III.”
State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan said the gym’s owners were issued a court summons over the violation of the governor’s shut-down executive order and clients were given a warning.
Gym co-owner Ian Smith displays the summons:
Over the weekend, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office warned that non-essential businesses were to remain closed under Murphy’s order, adding:
“…anyone who patronizes a business that is open in violation of an executive order could face criminal charges in the form of a disorderly persons offense for which you could be fined up to $1,000 for each offense and spend up to six months in jail.”
Gov. Phil Murphy imposed the order on certain small businesses, which have been shut down since March 16, 2020. The criteria is unclear as to why certain businesses are deemed “essential.”
The gym’s attorney, president of human rights organization First Freedoms Kevin Barry, discusses the reopening of Atilis Gym in defiance of the shut down order. Attorneys Jim Mermigis and Kevin Barry also have the Open America Legal Defense Fund to assist with legal fees associated with small owners challenging lockdown measures.
Barry calls into question the premise of the Governor’s “essential” versus “non-essential” businesses:
why are the big box stores open? They can do things responsibly, all businesses are essential, it is essential for them to feed their families. Anyone whose behind these executive orders hasn’t missed a paycheck, no one at the health department has missed a paycheck. None of the Law Enforcement has missed a pay check and we support Law Enforcement, but they have also not missed a pay check. So, all these small businesses are suffering on a level that the people cracking down on them are not.
Small Businesses Take Safety Precautions
Small businesses are quite capable of ensuring the safety of their employees and customers. In the case of the Atilis Gym, owners require that members get their temperatures taken at the door and sign medical questionnaires and waivers upon entering. The owners take precautions inside as well, including taping off workout stations and spacing equipment. The gym is operating at 20% of the building’s capacity, meaning only about 44 patrons at a time. There are also bottles of disinfectant to wipe down the equipment and patrons are required to wear masks unless they are in the middle of lifting weights.
The gym also posted a warning from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office that anyone who patronizes a business in violation of the executive order could face a disorderly persons charge.
As reported at 6abc, co-owner of Atilis Gym, Frank Trumbetti posted a video online about his decision to open the gym’s doors. He says his own mother is hospitalized with coronavirus, so he takes this virus seriously.
Trumbetti is proposing an organized peaceful reopening of the state, not just his gym. “We truly believe that if we don’t do this in the end, we will have zero rights and no say in what happens,” he said.
There are 10’s of thousands of other patriotic Americans who would attend protests and open their businesses if they could afford the potential legal costs associated with challenging the government unconstitutional lockdown orders.
Attorneys Jim Mermigis and Kevin Barry have started the Open America Legal Defense Fund to assist with legal costs for protesters and businesses who seek to open their doors responsibly.
Go to the organizations GoFundMe page here to donate.