A woman who refused to wear a face mask in a bank found herself in handcuffs, shortly after asking an officer, 'What are you gonna do, arrest me?'. Watch body-cam footage here:
Galveston Police Department in Texas, USA, have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Terry Wright on resisting arrest and criminal trespassing charges.
The 65-year-old entered a branch of Bank of America at around 12.30pm on Thursday (11 March) without wearing a mask - with the state-wide mask mandate ending earlier in the month, but private businesses allowed to enforce mask-wearing.
After refusing to leave the bank, police were called, but she still did not leave the premises or put on a mask.
She asked: "What are you gonna do, arrest me? That's hilarious."
Wright insisted she could not be forced to wear a mask and accused the officer of impinging on her human rights. She then tried to walk away from the officer as he pinned her to the ground and handcuffed her.
Appealing to other customers at the bank, she said: "Police brutality right here people."
Numerous people replied 'no it's not', before Wright accused them of being 'sheep'.
She sustained minor injuries during the struggle and was taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch hospital for treatment.
Wright has since expanded on why she refused to wear a face mask, sharing her unfounded view that the pandemic is a hoax.
Speaking to FOX 26 Houston, she said: "If I asked you to put a bag over your head because I'm afraid of your breath, would you do that? Where do we draw the line? Where do we draw the line?
"I have civil rights, this whole pandemic thing is a joke, and they've got people so scared to death, so paranoid.
"I think it's the flu. I had it last January, before it was 'Covid'. I was sick for three weeks, I was really exhausted. Do we wear a mask for any other flu? Do we shut down the whole economy for any other flu?"
Asked whether, in hindsight, she should have worn a face mask, she continued: "I would not change a thing, I'm not gonna put a face diaper on because everyone is paranoid of [sic] something that is not real."
You can find myth-busting information about Covid-19 from the World Health Organisation here.
Featured Image Credit: Galveston Police Department