Two brothers ended up breaking a Target security guard’s arm after they were told to obey the store’s mask policy or leave. Security footage shows two men being escorted out of the store by three guards when one of them suddenly turns around and appears to strike at one of the guard’s faces, sparking an altercation between the five of them.
The man who initiated the fight can be seen grabbing the first security guard to respond to the assault and wrestling him violently to the ground. By the end, that guard is the only to remain on the floor, appearing to be in pain, even after the brothers leave the store.
FACE COVERING FIGHT: A security guard was left with a broken arm following a physical confrontation with two men who refused to wear face masks inside a Target in Van Nuys. Full story: https://t.co/CMq5LBHIQ2 pic.twitter.com/YL6FwOgi2P— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) May 11, 2020
The brothers were later tracked down and arrested on charges of felony battery, with bail set at $50,000 each, according to the local ABC affiliate.
Local police Lt. Jim Gavin reported that this is the fourth fight over the same Target location’s mask policy since it was implemented. There have also been multiple stories of people attacking or even shooting fast-food employees after being denied entry to the restaurants’ closed dining rooms. One such worker was shot by a woman during an argument over this policy at an Oklahoma City McDonald’s.
Many companies have mandated policies requiring masks to be worn inside stores since the pandemic began, with orders coming down from corporate and entirely out of security guards’ and low-level workers’ control. The CDC has also recommended that all people wear masks when leaving their homes in order to slow the spread of the virus.
Regardless of whether or not you agree with the CDC or Target, most people agree that nobody should be shot or have their arm broken over it.
It’s a Damm shame that people are only doing their jobs 😠 and they are getting shot or ending up with broken body 😡 part’s what is this world coming too these people are acting like a bunch of salvages Lock them all up and give them heavy TIME 20yrs
— Lena Plummer (@LenaPlummer2) May 11, 2020
Agree with it or not. It’s store policy. You don’t like it shop somewhere else. No different than no shirt no service.
— Faithful Luis (@tico418) May 11, 2020
Don’t want to wear a face mask, don’t go in stores that require them. Easy as that.
— Kassi (@HatchKassi) May 11, 2020
This has nothing to do with whether you should or shouldn’t wear a mask or whether they are necessary or not or even about constitutional rights.
That freedom that makes you want to NOT wear a mask is matched by the freedom corporations & stores have to demand you wear one. 🤷
— Portos69 (@Portos694) May 11, 2020
imagine people fighting for something this meaningless???? lets admit it, this is just for bravado…even animals dont waste energy fighting over something like this….grow up people
— Tio Pablo (@Tio_Pabs) May 11, 2020
Target is a private business that can require people to wear masks if they want. It doesn’t even have to be a pandemic. If you’re so opposed to wearing a mask, don’t go to Target. It’s really very simple. Nobody cares about your propaganda.
— Chrizzo (@chrizzoLA) May 11, 2020
Please be kind to each other.