A video that has gone viral on TikTok shows a belligerent man who refused to wear a mask being restrained Colorado grocery store by a police officer.
TikTok user @jbenis_ filmed the incident at a King Soopers grocery store in Denver and uploaded it in two parts. The first clip gained 280,000 views in less than a day.
The video starts with a police officer already restraining the anti-masker who appears to have been using a self-service cash register. “Let me go! I paid for my shit. Let me fucking go,” the man says while trying to pull away from the officer.
“Are you going to put on a mask?” the officer asks.
“No! You cannot—this is illegal,” the man says. “Let go of me now, and I will leave. You’re going to cause of a lot of fucking shit for a lot of people.”
The officer forces his head away from her face. “Fucking stop,” the man says. “I get you’re a cop, but it is not illegal not to wear a mask. It is not against the law. Oh, my God.”
The man then appears to get desperate. “Somebody help me!” he says. “Are you seeing this shit? This is illegal.”
The person behind the camera says, “Look at this guy!”
The second clip picks up where the first left off. “She’s choking me, bro,” the anti-masker says about the police officer.
“Look at this white privilege,” the person behind the camera says.
The officer then escorts the man away from the cash registers.
Colorado issued a “mask-wearing requirement” that went into effect in July and was extended until Feb. 4, according to the state’s COVID-19 website.
The website also clarifies that “Executive Orders and public health orders have the force of law. People who do not comply with the Executive Order may be subject to civil or criminal penalties.”
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