Despite the fact that the state’s mask mandate had been removed, a 65-year-old woman was violently thrown to the ground and handcuffed in a Texas Bank of America for not wearing one.
Galveston police released shocking body camera video of the incident.
Terry White, 65, went to the bank without a mask on Thursday, the day after Governor Greg Abbott lifted the mandate. The officer is directed to White by a bank manager, who states that the state has lifted the mandate.
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Businesses will also require people to wear masks inside, according to Gov. Abbott’s order, the officer tells the woman.
White responds that all she wants to do is get her money out of the bank, but the officer tells her that she must return with a mask.
The officer tells her, “Ma’am, listen, we can do this the easy way or the hard way.”
“How are you going to do it? “Are you going to arrest me?” White inquires. “That is totally hilarious.”
Before being taken to the ground by the cop, the woman starts arguing with other customers.
White has been charged with criminal trespass and resisting arrest.
Though Bank of America has declined to comment on the arrest in particular, they did provide ABC 13 with the following statement:
“We will continue to help our partners’, customers’, and communities’ health and safety needs. This involves ensuring that our procedures and policies are in line with the most recent medical and public health recommendations. In all public areas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other medical experts continue to emphasize the importance of wearing face coverings and practicing physical distancing.
We continue to require anyone who joins our financial centers to wear a face covering in compliance with the continuing guidance. If clients tell us they are embarrassed or unwilling to wear a face mask, we suggest they use our ATMs or drive-through window. For the bulk of their day-to-day banking needs, clients may use smartphone and online banking.”