A 65-year old woman was arrested because she refused to wear a mask inside a bank in Texas.
Police issued a warrant for the arrest of Terry Wright, 65, of Grants Pass, Oregon. The incident on Thursday at a Bank of America in Galveston was captured by the officer’s body camera, the Galveston County Daily News reported.
Police said they had obtained an arrest warrant on resisting arrest and criminal trespassing charges.
Greg Abbott, the Texas governor, has ended statewide orders requiring people to wear face masks in public places, declaring businesses should decide for themselves what Covid-19 precautions to take on their properties. Many businesses have kept their own mask rules in place.
Wright told the officer the law said she didn’t have to wear a mask. As the officer took out handcuffs, she pulled away and began to walk toward the door. The officer stopped her and forced her to the ground. After she was handcuffed, she complained her foot was injured.
Police said Wright suffered minor injuries during the struggle and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Wright told the Washington Post she has never covered her face inside stores, even when the statewide mandate was in place.
Here is police bodycam footage of the incident.
Her shouts at the end reminded me so much of Dennis the Peasant shouting “I’m being repressed! See the violence inherent in the system!”
Like Dennis, she seemed to be disappointed that her cries did not rally the other people in the bank to her support and she called them ‘sheeple’. Given that she was in Texas, the home of anti-mask zealots, her expectation that they would recognize her as a fellow fighter in the cause of freedom from tyranny and rip off their own masks and rescue her from the police officer was not unreasonable.
Actually, I think the police officer did over-react. He should have just let her leave the building, which was what she seemed to be finally about to do. After all, that was what everyone had wanted in the first place and while it is true that she had been an obnoxious pest up that point and did taunt the officer, there was no need to treat an elderly person so roughly. She could have been given a citation for trespassing without being arrested.
However, any sympathy that I might have had for the way she was handled dissipated when in a later newspaper interview she later uttered this extreme piece of hyperbole.
She told the newspaper she was “attacked” and compared mask requirements to the way that Nazi Germany forced Jewish people to identify themselves with a Star of David.
Apart from the sheer absurdity and offensiveness of comparing something as trivial as mask wearing to something so serious, it does not even make sense within its own framework. Jewish people were forced by non-Jews to wear the Star of David so that they could be easily identified for discrimination, harassment, and persecution, while mask wearing is being urged by people who also wear masks, so they are asking you to join their group. What would wearing a mask single you out for? And who is going to single you out? Are non-mask wearers going to attack you on the street? Are you going to be denied a job? Are you going to be targeted for extermination?
These people have no sense of proportion.