An Ohio woman at a middle school soccer game was cursed and arrested by a police officer for not wearing a face mask in the stands.
Around 300 people attended a Marietta City Schools soccer game where Alecia Kitts from Marietta was filmed with handcuffs on Wednesday in Logan town.
Kitts, as well as several other families and children, were in the stands at the time, and footage of witnesses quickly spread on social media.
The footage of the incident shows Kitts next to her mother in a heated verbal argument with a police officer over face masks.
A woman identified as Alecia Kitts was arrested and cursed Wednesday by a Logan, Ohio police officer for not wearing a face mask to a middle school soccer game
Kitts (center) resisted the arrest and repeatedly tried to avoid being handcuffed. He said, “You don’t arrest me for free, I’m not doing anything wrong.”
It is unclear what was originally said, but Kitts repeatedly resisted arrest when the officer tried to handcuff her.
‘Let me go!’ Screams Kitts. “Leave me, sir! What the fuck is wrong with you ‘
Fans in the stands draw their attention to the altercation when Kitts screams and a young boy begins to cry.
Kitts and the officer keep fighting until he asks Kitts to put her hands behind her back.
“You don’t arrest me for free, I’m not doing anything wrong,” she yells at the police officer.
At some point, Kitts ‘body falls between two grandstand seats when the officer stands over her and tries desperately to handcuff her, and Kitts’ mother looks on in shock.
After fighting for at least two minutes, the officer takes out his taser and puts it on Kitts.
Kitts, still seated in the stands, screamed and nearby witnesses beat the officer.
“Convince this lady not to wear a damn mask,” says one person.
Kitts’ mother tries to contact the police officer by saying, “It’s just a mask,” but her daughter is taken into custody.
The policeman (center) deployed a taser in Kitts (right) before she was led away from the stands and the middle school soccer game
Superintendent Will Hampton: “If you choose not to wear a mask, you not only endanger our ability to exercise, but you also endanger your ability to watch as a spectator.”
When the officer leads Kitts away from the middle school soccer game, she defiantly tries to hold on to the handrails despite the handcuffs.
The Marietta Times reports that Kitts apparently had an American flag face mask in his back pocket. She cheered the visiting team at the Marietta City Schools game.
Logan’s sports director Theresa Schultheiss told the publication that of the 300 participants, only Kitts and her mother had “compliance issues”.
“This rule has been in place since we were told we could play,” she said.
“Everyone who came through ticketing tonight was reminded that we had regular announcements through the PA reminding you to have your mouth and nose covered and we had signs in the bathrooms.”
MCS Athletic Director Cody Venderlic added that one of the biggest issues they have faced so far is the behavior of visitors and parents.
“I’m grateful it didn’t happen in Marietta, but it makes me sad that it was Marietta who caused it in Logan,” he told the Marietta Times.
“As sporting directors, we also talked about it. The biggest challenge when dealing with visiting fans is that people behave much better at home than when they are out and about.”
Marietta City Schools superintendent Will Hampton said he was “disappointed” with the incident.
“If you choose not to wear a mask, you not only jeopardize our ability to exercise, but you also jeopardize your ability to watch as a spectator,” he said.
“Instead, we are talking about a person who disobeyed the rules and made a spectacle of himself.”
Skylar Stewart, who has a son with Kitts, shared the video online and filed a complaint against the Logan Police Department about the incident.
Hocking County has amassed 161 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 24 hospital admissions, and nine deaths, according to the Ohio COVID-19 dashboard.
The United States has just passed 200,000 deaths and 6.9 million infections.
The Logan Police Department said the matter is being investigated.