New York police officers arrested a woman for allegedly striking an officer at a Brooklyn subway station this week after she did not wear a face mask as required, authorities say https://t.co/jr5x0ivfOZ
— CNN (@CNN) May 16, 2020
Video of the incident was captured, where the 22-year-old woman was with a young child among a set of stairs on the subway on May 13th, where the suspect can be seen arguing with several officers.
The woman was obviously irate over being approached by police regarding her not properly wearing her face mask.
The footage captured of the incident doesn’t quite clearly show which officer was assaulted, as when the alleged assault transpired, there was roughly five officers surrounding the woman. What can be clearly seen is when the woman is yelling at officers, saying:
“Do not touch me.”
Thereafter, the officers take down the suspect and apply handcuffs to her. In the background of the video, an unseen bystander can be heard saying:
“C’mon man, she’s got a kid with her.”
After the alleged assault that stemmed from police confronting the woman over the improperly worn face mask, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio conversed with New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea to better define police intervention regarding social distancing-based violations.
Mayor de Blasio noted that moving forward, police are no longer going to be enacting enforcement regarding failure to wear face coverings for the most part:
“Where we see the greatest danger to lives in terms of the coronavirus and the area where we can enforce is around gatherings particularly large gatherings, so that’s where we are going to focus.”
The NYPD released a statement after the video was posted online, saying that the only reason for the arrest was attributed to the alleged assault against the officers present:
“We are confident that the police officers in this incident acted appropriately and with respect. This individual was arrested only after her behavior toward officers warranted police action.”
NYPD officers arrest woman for allegedly striking officer after she did not wear face mask as required, authorities say https://t.co/3iD1tI07EY
— Noon3 (@Broremo) May 16, 2020
While Mayor de Blasio didn’t exactly criticize the officers’ actions taken in that instance, he’s also realized that caveats that have come with prompting police to enforce the likes of these recent executive orders and mandates:
“Whatever else was going on in that video … we should never have a situation where a mom with her child ends up under arrest for that kind of offense.”
It doesn’t really require a rocket scientist to have seen the looming consequences over Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order that was delivered on April 15th that face masks in public were to be required.
Without condoning the alleged escalation of the events that played out on May 13th, these are exactly the kinds of police interactions that could have been avoided if officers weren’t put in the middle between of government orders and individual liberties.
As for the suspect, she’s now potentially facing charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and harassment. The suspect was issued a notice to appear for a later court date.
Elsewhere in the country, face mask mandates seem to be creating a whole different breed of issues.
There seems to be a bit of correlation between directing nearly everyone to adorn face masks akin to those donned by bandits emblazoned on 19th century wanted posters and the robbery rate. At least that seems to be the case with regard to Santa Ana, California.
•Armed Robberies On Rise As Suspects Take Advantage Of Mask Mandates… https://t.co/QZoluvtVZY
— NEWS MAKER (@NEWS_MAKER) May 15, 2020
With a 50% uptick in robberies in Santa Ana since the announcement of state Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order delivered in March, it can make one wonder if there happens to be a connection with masks adorned and said robberies.
Elias Khawan, the owner of a local gas station in Santa Ana recounted how one of his clerks was recently robbed at gunpoint by a suspect donning a hat accompanied by an accomplice wearing a face covering:
“We’re sitting here not knowing who’s going to walk through that door.”
Having been the owner and operator of the gas station for some 17 years, he’s noted that the recent times have created dangers unlike anything he’s seen before:
“It’s horrible. I mean, I know we have to take certain measures because of what’s happening with COVID-19, but it’s the perfect script or manual for a robber — the mask, the sunshade and a hoodie. You don’t know who’s coming, who’s walking in.”
— Barry Stagner (@BarryStagner) May 15, 2020
Khawan noted that the gas station used to be open for 24 hours. But, with concerns for his staff’s safety in light of everyone wearing masks these days, he’s changed the operating hours to have the store close at 10:00 p.m.:
“They’re very scared. I have two employees who said, ‘No, we don’t want to work at nighttime.’”
How could anyone blame the employees for their fears? With essentially everyone being encouraged to wear the likes of face masks and coverings, it inevitably creates an emboldening opportunity for those with criminal intent.
Corporal Anthony Bertagna from the Santa Ana Police Department commented that bandana-wearing miscreants are often the ones seen involved in gas station and convenience store robberies:
“It’s the norm. So we’re seeing more [and] more suspects wearing the mask and using that to their benefit.”
While Santa Ana has seen robberies increase, possibly due to the encouragement of everyone being advised to employ a means to cover their nose and mouth, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is telling locals that masks are going to be the new normal for some time.
Los Angeles to require everyone to wear face masks at all times while outdoors | Just The News https://t.co/zhpGZVMsgL
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) May 14, 2020
The news was delivered by the governor on May 13th, noting that residents of Los Angeles will have to wear a face mask – with the exception of small children and those toting various disabilities – whenever they’re out and about:
“And as long as you’re not doing a solitary activity or with your own household, put that mask on. Always now.”
That directive must serve as music to a would-be burglar’s ears. We’ve gone from the days when people would be told to remove their Halloween masks on said night when entering stores to now not being allowed to enter stores while partially concealing your identity.
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