ROEBUCK, Ala. — A woman who refused to wear a face mask inside an Alabama Walmart and was body-slammed by an off-duty police officer after she became combative is facing multiple charges related to the Tuesday night incident.
Birmingham Police Sgt. Rod Mauldin said in a Thursday video statement that the woman, who has not been identified, had been told by a store associate that she needed to wear a face covering on the premises due to the novel coronavirus pandemic sweeping the nation.
The woman then began yelling obscenities at employees and shoppers when the unidentified off-duty officer working as the store’s security guard intervened, Mauldin said.
When the woman refused to leave the store and continued to resist the officer, he “used a takedown measure to gain control,” Mauldin said, noting the woman was not arrested for refusing to wear a mask.
The woman was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, third-degree criminal trespass, possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, AL.com reported.
“We understand we’re operating in trying times. The Birmingham Police Department has maintained a consistent, community-oriented educational approach to the surrounding circumstances of COVID-19,” Mauldin said in the video.
The woman, who was not injured, refused medical treatment, and the police department’s Internal Affairs Division is investigating the officer’s actions, AL.com reported.