Man arrested for hitting transit officer in face after being asked to wear a mask


BOSTON, MA – A man in Boston has found himself in hot water after he allegedly hit a Transit Police Officer in the face after being asked repeatedly to put a mask on. The officer was not seriously injured in the attack.

On January 18th, 29-year-old Rutul Jaiswal was attempting to board a train at the North Station when he was asked to put a mask on before he boarded a train.

The request was made because of the rules of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority which requires all riders to wear a mask.

After Jaiswal refused to put on a mask, employees refused to allow him to board and contacted the MBTA Police to respond.

When officers arrived at the North Commuter Rail, they informed him that he was required to wear a mask and tried to reason with him.

After repeated refusals to put on a mask to get into compliance with the regulations of the MBTA, officers informed Jaiswal that he was going to be escorted from the property.

As the officer began escorting him, Jaiswal allegedly struck the officer in the face.

Officers placed Jaiswal under arrest and transported him back to the police headquarters where they checked him for warrants. When they did, they learned that Jaiswal was wanted out of Worcester District Court for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and trespassing.

Sadly, this was not the only instance in which someone had to be arrested over the wearing of a protective face covering during the pandemic.

According to the Boston Globe, on January 20th, police in Brookline responded to a complaint of a patron of Dunkin throwing coffee in the face of someone who refused to wear a mask.

Brookline Police reported:

“The suspect and the victim got into a verbal exchange regarding the victim not wearing a mask inside of the store. The victim pulled his shirt over his face in an attempt to de-escalate the situation. The suspect then became belligerent toward store employees as well as other customers.”

Police reported as the suspect in the case began to leave the store, he allegedly threw hot coffee in the victim’s direction which landed on the back of his lower legs.

When police responded, they located the suspect approximately two blocks away from the scene.

Brookline Police noted that the suspect fled the scene upon sight of the officers, however, he was unable to make it far and was taken into custody.

Police have not identified the suspect in the case but noted that he was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct.

In another incident on January 16th, Boston Police responded to an altercation that occurred just before 9 pm at a local pizzeria over someone refusing to wear a mask. Boston Police reported that an unidentified man attempted to enter the restaurant without wearing a mask.

When he was told that he was required to wear a mask when he entered the store, he allegedly pushed his way inside and shoved the worker against the register.

The suspect then allegedly punched the worker on the left side of his face before he fled. Police have not been able to identify the suspect as of yet.

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Little children banned from elementary school event in Connecticut, discriminated against over “health status”

The following contains editorial content which is the opinion of the writer, a retired Police Chief and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

ANSONIA, CT- In this edition of COVID stupidity, we bring you the city of Ansonia, Connecticut.

Children, who have better odds of getting struck by lightning twice in the same day and seeing Elvis at the same time, than getting seriously ill from the Wuhan virus, must be vaccinated in order to attend a Harlem Wizards basketball exhibition next month.

According to Fox 61 in Hartford, elementary school students from the town of Ansonia or Derby have been invited to attend the basketball exhibition at the Ansonia Armory on February 3.

However, unvaccinated children have been banned from the event. And some are speaking out about it.


Some parents feel that unvaccinated kids are being singled out for discrimination, with one mother saying, “I think it’s a tough one.”

In fact, Ansonia’s mayor, David Cassetti, a Democrat said, “I understand there is some pushback, and I would not mandate it to people that you have to be vaccinated. That’s a personal preference.”

Of course this isn’t being done for health reasons but for political ones. Just like some politicians attempted to bribe people to get vaccinated by French fries, booze, and cash, in this case it’s being done as a bludgeon to force parents to vaccinate their kids.

Fox 61 noted that only 15 percent of Ansonia’s elementary school students are fully vaccinated as of last week, according to Griffin Heath, who runs vaccination clinics throughout the street and said it was an opportunity to “incentivize” people in order to increase those numbers.

“People who are not vaccinated are running the risk of contracting the virus and also perhaps getting it to change,” said one woman, Donna Lindgren of Ansonia, who clearly hasn’t been following the news.

The current variant of COVID, omicron, has infected both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Perhaps she’s been watching a bit too much of Don Lemon on CNN, or the late night idiots—Colbert, Kimmel, and Fallon.

However forcing elementary school children to be vaccinated to attend a community event, in essence discriminating against them or putting a virtual “scarlet letter” on them is unfair to children and sends the wrong message.

Especially given the fact that as of January 19, 2022, 596 children between the ages of 5-18 have died from COVID, according to the CDC. In two years. Some of those children had additional comorbidities such as cancer, reports say. So for less than 600 fatalities of children in two years, you’re going to ban them from going to a basketball exhibition? Unbelievable.

“I know what some people are saying. It’s like, you know, why should it be the limiting factor, but it’s I guess it’s like the carrot at the end of the stick,” said Joseph DiBacco, Ansonia’s Superintendent of Schools.

See…politics, not public health.

DiBacco also said that schools in Ansonia issue flyers about community events, and let families decide what they participate in…unless their kids are not vaccinated.

“It’s not just about you,” said someone named Sidra Syed of Ansonia, another CNN/MSNBC mind-numbed robot. “I understand you don’t want to get vaccinated, but if you get the virus, you could give it to someone else.”

Or, if you are vaccinated, you could get the virus and give it to someone else. This is literally Twilight Zone material.

Fox 61 said they reached out to Griffin Health to find out why they were discriminating against unvaccinated children, however despite multiple requests from the outlet gave no response.


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