An Ohio mother by the name of Alecia Kitts made her way to Logan, Ohio so she could watch her grade school-age son play in a football game.
She was not wearing a mask.
Kitts was sitting in the bleachers with her mother when she got into an altercation with the cop about not wearing a mask.
The video was posted to YouTube, and it shows the woman resisting as the officer struggles to handcuff her.
After about 2 minutes of struggling the officer deploys his taser.
“Alecia’s mom said that when the officer tased her, the current went through the bleachers and zapped the kid sitting there too.” Kitts appears to be socially distanced from others in the crowd and sitting with her family. “There were only 25 or 30 fans from our town on our side,” said Kennedy.
“You’re not arresting me for nothing, I ain’t doing nothing wrong,” she yells after the officer orders her to place her hands behind her back.
Once the officer tases Kitts, she falls to a lower tier of the bleachers, according to the footage.
The use of force shocked others watching the game.
“Tasing this lady over not wearing a damn mask,” a witness can be heard saying.
As the woman is finally hauled away, her mother pleads with the cop: “Come on, it’s just a mask!”
Kitts, who appeared to have an American flag-themed mask in her back shorts pocket, was rooting for the visiting team from Marietta City Schools at the time.
The Logan Police Department told the Marietta Times the incident is under investigation.
You can watch the video below:
These incidents are a real conflict for me.
While I agree that these mask rules are absurd, and it infuriates me beyond belief to see a police officer tase a mother like this, I still believe that nobody should resist arrest or fight with a police officer.
We can’t sit here and condemn others for “resisting arrest” and then support some people on “our side” who don’t.
On the other hand, this excessive use of force is problematic and goes to the bigger issue of how police are treating people across the board.
But fighting cops in the bleachers is not the answer. Someday it could be worse than a taser and someone could. get really injured and it’s just not worth it.
We need to take this fight to the city officials who are forcing these absurd rules down our throats and make changes there.
Why in God’s name would you have to wear a mask sitting outside in bleachers far away from other people?
But we also need to use common sense…the police need to do that too.
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