A video of the episode displays the girl, Alicia Kitts, yelling at the officer, Chris Smith, as he struggles to handcuff her. “Get off of me!” she screams.
The Police Division in Logan, a city of about seven,000 southeast of Columbus, stated in a statement that a college resource officer observed Ms. Kitts sitting in the stands on Wednesday with no a mask, which the division stated was a violation of a college policy requiring all spectators to put on encounter coverings. Officer Smith asked her various occasions to place on a mask but she did not comply, telling the officer that she had asthma, the statement stated, and he also asked her various occasions to depart the stands, which she refused to do.
When he recommended her she was below arrest and attempted to handcuff her arms behind her back, Ms. Kitts resisted and Officer Smith applied the Taser on her shoulder, in accordance to the police account. She was charged with resisting arrest and criminal trespassing.
“It is vital to note, the female was not arrested for failing to put on a mask she was asked to depart the premises for continually violating college policy,” the police statement stated.
Ms. Kitts’s attorney, Maurice A. Thompson, stated in a statement that officials from the Logan-Hocking College District ignored Ms. Kitts when she informed them she had asthma and disputed the justification that the officer was enforcing a college policy on masks.
Mr. Thompson stated the college had no written policy of its very own and that the officer was trying to enforce a statewide policy for mask-sporting. Having said that, he mentioned, the state policy exempts folks with respiratory circumstances. The school’s place was “not constant with any directive or other law,” Mr. Thompson stated, and the college district “misapplied the law, and misapplied it haphazardly and violently.”
Neighborhood media reported that the Logan Police Division stated that calls had come in from folks who directed racial slurs at Officer Smith, who is Black. On Thursday, district colleges had been positioned on lockdown soon after numerous callers produced threats directed at the college process and the police division, The Marietta Instances reported.