A Texas woman was arrested last week after she allegedly refused to follow a bank’s mask policy and then refused to leave the business.
In police body camera footage, the woman, identified by CNN as 65-year-old Terry White, can be seen being forced to the ground and placed in handcuffs by police inside a Bank of America branch in Galveston on Thursday.
The video starts shortly after the officer enters the bank and is pointed in the direction of White, who can be seen standing in line and not wearing a mask.
Though Texas lifted its statewide mask mandate last week, individual businesses can continue to enforce masking requirements inside their own establishments.
“Ma’am, if they ask you to leave, you have to leave,” the officer can be heard telling White off-screen.
“My money’s in this bank, and I’m going to take it out,” White tells the officer.
“Well, then you have to abide by the rules,” he tells her, adding that “businesses have the right to refuse service, even if you’re not wearing a mask.”
“That’s why I’m taking my money out,” she continues.
“Awesome,” the officer responds. “Well, you need to go and get a mask and then take your money out.”
“Ma’am, listen, we’re gonna do this the easy way or the hard way,” the officer warns White.
“What are you going to do, arrest me?” she asks.
“Yes, for intruding on premises,” the officer says.
“The law says that I do not have to wear a mask,” she tells the officer.
“You do not in public,” he informs her. “But you’re not in public. … This is not a public place. This is a private business.”
“The officer then tells White to go outside, and she begins to walk away from the officer after telling him that he’s ‘taking away people’s human rights,” reports The Hill. “When the officer appears to try to take out his handcuffs, White appears to initially resist. A struggle ensues between the woman and the officer, and she eventually is handcuffed on the ground.”
“Police brutality, people,” she yells.
“No,” others in the bank can be heard saying. “No, it’s not.”
White later told a CNN affiliate that an employee offered her a mask upon entering the bank, which advises customers online to be “prepared to wear a face mask or covering to enter” its financial centers, but that she declined.