A woman was Tasered and arrested after refusing to wear a mask and leave the premises at Logan High School Stadium in Ohio on Wednesday night.

A Logan police statement said School Resource Officer Chris Smith was working on a special duty detail that day for the 7th and 8th grade football games when he noticed a woman, later identified as Alecia D. Kitts, sitting in the stands of the stadium without a mask. Smith approached Kitts and advised her to put on a mask, which she refused to do, arguing that she has asthma.

Smith told Kitts to put a mask on or she would have to leave the stadium, the police statement said. When Kitts repeatedly refused to do either, Smith arrested her for criminal trespassing and told her to place her hands behind her back.

A video taken by a spectator shows Smith and Kitts in a heated exchange, scuffling as she yells: “Get off of me! I will not put my hands behind my back. I’m not currently doing nothing wrong!”

The officer then manages to handcuff her, escorting her out of the arena.

In the statement, the police said Smith used his Taser on her shoulder once because the woman “did not quit resisting.”

Police said Smith was following his duty to ensure that all spectators at sports games wear a mask while on school property, complying with rules and guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ohio Health Department and the Logan-Hocking School District.

“It is important to note, the female was not arrested for failing to wear a mask, she was asked to leave the premises for continually violating school policy,” the police statement said. “Once she refused to leave the premises, she was advised she was under arrest for criminal trespassing, she resisted the arrest, which led to the use of force.”

The Washington Post

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