Maskless woman arrested after telling police: ‘What are you going to do, arrest me?’

Clara Hill@clara_ish
Monday 15 March 2021 16:35
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Terry Wright refused to wear mask in a Galveston branch of Bank of America.

(AP)

A Texas woman who would not wear was mask has been charged with trespassing and resisting arrest in a bank.

Terry Wright refused to wear a face-covering when requested to do so by a manager of a branch of the Bank of America, according to Galveston Police officers.

The authorities were called after Wright reportedly would not leave when asked even though the store required a mask because of their coronavirus policy.

“You believe in this?” Wright asks an officer on footage caught via a police officer’s body camera.

“What are you going to do? Arrest me?”

On the tape, the officer is captured explaining to Wright that she is liable to be refused service because it is private property after Wright stated that Texas had weakened restrictions of wearing face masks.

“You’re taking away people’s human rights.” Wright is heard telling the officer.

All attempts to get Wright out of the store were resisted, according to the police. Body camera footage showed that she tried to grab the officer, who then restrained her. After being taken to the ground, she continued to struggle, as seen in the video.

After this, she was handcuffed and taken out of the building. Due to her injuries from the arrest, she was taken to hospital.

A warrant has been issued for her arrest for both resisting arrest and trespassing.

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