An Ohio woman at a high school soccer game was reportedly teased and arrested by a police officer for not wearing a face mask in the stands.
About 300 people attended a Marietta City Schools soccer game where Alecia Kitts, of Marietta, was filmed handcuffed in Logan town on Wednesday.
Kitts, as well as several other families and children, were sitting in the stands at the time, and images of witnesses quickly spread across social media.
Footage from the incident shows Kitts sitting next to her mother as she enters into a heated verbal altercation with a police officer over face masks.
It’s unclear what was initially said, but Kitts repeatedly opposes arrest as the officer struggles to shackle her.
‘Let me go!’ Kitts shouts. ‘Get off me, sir! What the hell is wrong with you? ‘
Fans in the stands turn their attention to the altercation as Kitts screams and a young boy begins to cry.
Kitts and the officer continue to struggle until he asks Kitts to place her hand behind her back.
A woman, identified as Alecia Kitts, was arrested and detained by a police officer in Logan, Ohio on Wednesday for not wearing a face mask at a high school football game.
Kitts (center) opposed arrest and repeatedly tried to avoid being handcuffed by saying, ‘You’re not arresting me for nothing, I’m not doing anything wrong’
“You are not arresting me for nothing, I am not doing anything wrong,” she shouts in response to the officer.
At one point, Kitts ‘body falls between two tribune seats as the officer stands over her, desperate to shackle her, and Kitts’ mother looks on in shock.
After struggling for at least two minutes, the officer takes out his taser and uses it on Kitts.
Still in the stands, Kitts lets out a scream and nearby witnesses lash out at the officer.
“To order this lady without wearing a goddamn mask,” says one person.
Kitts’ mother tries to appeal to the police officer by saying, “It’s just a mask,” but her daughter is taken into custody.
The police officer (center) deployed a taser to Kitts (right) before escorting her out of the stands and away from the high school soccer game
Chief Inspector Will Hampton: ‘If you choose not to wear a (mask), you are not only threatening our ability to exercise, but you are also jeopardizing your ability to see as a spectator’
As the officer guides Kitts through the high school soccer game, she defiantly tries to grasp the railings despite being handcuffed.
The Marietta Times reports that Kitts appeared to have an American flag face mask in her back pocket. She cheered on the visiting team at the Marietta City Schools game.
Logan Athletic director Theresa Schultheiss told the publication that of the 300 people who attended the game, only Kitts and her mother “ had issues with compliance. ”
“This rule has been in effect since we were told we could play,” she said.
“Everyone who came through the ticket office tonight was reminded, we had regular communications through the PA to remind you to cover mouths and noses, and we had plates near the bathrooms.”
MCS Athletic Director Cody Venderlic added that one of the biggest issues they face so far is visitor and parent behavior.
“I’m thankful it didn’t happen in Marietta, but I’m sorry it was Marietta who caused it in Logan,” he told The Marietta Times.
“As sports directors we’ve talked about this too and the biggest challenge when dealing with visiting fans is that people behave much better at home than when they are on the road.”
Marietta City Schools Superintendent Will Hampton said he was “disappointed” with the incident.
“ If you choose not to wear (mask), you’re not only threatening our ability to exercise, but you’re also jeopardizing your ability to watch as a spectator, ” he said.
“Instead, we’re talking about a person who broke the rules and turned himself into a spectacle.”
Skylar Stewart, who has a son with Kitts, shared the video online and filed a complaint against Logan police over the incident.
According to COVID-19 from Ohio dashboard, Hocking County has collected 161 confirmed cases, 24 hospitalizations and nine deaths.
The United States has just surpassed 200,000 deaths and 6.9 million infections.
Logan police said the matter is under investigation.