- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 24, 2020

An Ohio mother was seen on video being tased and arrested after reportedly refusing to wear a face mask during a middle school football game Wednesday.

A Marietta City Schools parent identified by witnesses as Alecia Kitts was seen in two videos posted online allegedly resisting arrest and being tased by a Logan Police Department officer in the stands at a middle school football game, The Marietta Times reported.

In one video, the woman is seen struggling to get away from the officer as he tries to get her to put her hands behind her back to be handcuffed.

“I will not put my hands behind my back, I’m not doing nothing wrong!” she screams in the video.

“This is over a mask,” the person recording the video says.

The officer is then seen in the video tasing the woman in the back, causing her to let out a scream. Other people in the crowd immediately protest the officer’s decision.

“They’re tasing this lady over not wearing a damn mask!” the person recording the video yells.

“This is bulls–!” the woman being arrested yells.

The scuffle causes the officer’s mask to slip below his chin, prompting another person to yell, “Hey, where’s your mask?!”

“It’s time for me to go back to Florida,” another person says in the video as the woman is eventually handcuffed and dragged away.

School officials later said masks were required upon entry to the game. In the videos, the woman’s mask with an American flag design was seen in her back pocket, The Marietta Times reported.

MCS Athletic Director Cody Venderlic and Logan Athletic Director Theresa Schultheiss both confirmed the incident to the The Marietta Times.

“I’m grateful that it didn’t happen in Marietta, but it saddens me that it was Marietta that caused it in Logan,” Mr. Venderlic said. “As athletic directors, we’ve talked about this too and the biggest challenge about dealing with visiting fans is people behave much better at home than when they’re on the road.”

Ms. Schultheiss said the woman and her grandmother also seen in the video were the only two attendees out of more than 300 who were “having issues with compliance.”

“This rule has been in effect since we were told we could play,” she said. “Everyone that came through ticketing tonight was reminded, we had regular announcements over the PA reminding you that mouths and noses needed to be covered and we had signs at the bathrooms.”

Marietta City Schools Superintendent Will Hampton slammed the woman for making a “spectacle of herself.”

“I am really disappointed,” Mr. Hampton told The Marietta Times. “If you chose not to [wear a mask] then you threaten not only our ability to have sports but put your ability to watch as a spectator in jeopardy as well.”

MCS Board Member Doug Mallett, who was sitting in the stands, said he didn’t think the woman was a threat.

‘It escalated pretty fast into an ugly situation, he tased her pretty fast,” he told the paper. “I didn’t see where she was putting anybody at risk, I guess that’s a Logan rule. It depends on interpretation, it’s a state rule, but I thought there was some wiggle room if you have health issues. I tried to stay out of it until he got the taser out.”

The Logan Police Department said Wednesday that the incident remains under investigation, The Marietta Times reported.

*Warning: Video contains graphic language*

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