No matter your viewpoint on wearing masks, the video below of security guards and police officers assaulting and arresting a disabled veteran for not wearing a mask at a protest is nothing short of shocking and disturbing.
The Twitter account Code of Vets, a veteran’s advocacy group, posted the video along with a statement saying, “This assault on a disabled veteran for not wearing a mask is disturbing on every level. We secured this nation and our freedoms now we are under attack.”
The San Antonio Police Department told the Washington Examiner that the man, identified as Eric Matthew Braden, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass-private property after protesting in the mall and not wearing a mask.
According to the San Antonio Police: “Officers responded to North Star Mall for an unplanned but organized protest event. Mall security and an off-duty officer were confronted by a group of protesters who refused to wear face masks, were given a criminal trespass warning and told to leave the property. Security and the off duty officer had to take one male into custody who was attempting to escalate the situation, but the remaining participants left without further incident. The male was arrested for criminal trespass private property and was transported to University Hospital by EMS with complaints of a pre-existing back injury. All notifications were made aware of the incident.”
Watch the video below and share your thoughts in the comment section on this page. Do you believe the security guards and police went too far by assaulting and arresting veteran Matthew Braden? Or, do you believe Braden was in the wrong for not wearing a mask and deserved to be arrested?
This assault on a disabled veteran for not wearing a mask is disturbing on every level. We secured this nation and our freedoms now we are under attack.
— Code of Vets ™ (@codeofvets) December 28, 2020