A 65-year-old woman who refused to wear a mask in the US state of Texas has been detained by police.
The requirement to wear a mask imposed in the US state of Texas due to the Covid-19 pandemic was recently abolished. Terry White, 65, from Galveston, was arrested by police who were called to the scene for refusing to wear masks at the bank branch.
The moment the 65-year-old woman was taken into custody was captured on a police body camera. In the footage, police can be heard telling the woman, “Ma’am, if they want you to leave, you should go,” and White replies, “My money’s in this bank and I’m going to shoot it.” Police later reiterated to White that he had to follow the rules and that businesses should wear masks, reminding them that they have the right not to serve those who do not wear masks. When the woman continues to resist wearing a mask, police put White on the ground and take him into custody.
White told local media that he entered the bank unmasked and was asked to wear a mask by an employee. “No, thank you, I don’t need it,” White said. White said that when he refused the mask, he was asked to leave the bank, and when he refused to leave, police arrived at the scene and took him into custody.
Galveston Mayor Craig Brown said the woman was taken into custody on charges of bank trespassing and was not arrested for not wearing a mask.
Although it is not mandatory to wear a mask in the state, the private sector can, at its discretion, ask its customers to wear masks.