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Ohio Woman Tased, Arrested Over Not Wearing A Mask At 8th Grade Football Game

An Ohio woman Alecia Kitts was tased and arrested at an 8th grade football game after not complying with a state mask mandate and resisting arrest. Kitts was reportedly tased during the incident where she resists the officer applying handcuffs. “You’re not arresting me for nothing, I ain’t doing nothing wrong,” Kitts yells as the officer struggles to get her into handcuffs.

“This rule has been in effect since we were told we could play,” Logan athletic director Theresa Schultheiss told the Marietta Times“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.”

A Marietta school board member was in the stands and saw the Taser being used on Kitts.

“It escalated pretty fast into an ugly situation, he tased her pretty fast,” Doug Mallett told the Times. “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.”

A man named Skylar Steward posted a Facebook Live video Wednesday showing him at the Logan Police Department filing a verbal and written complaint for removing Kitts from the football game. “This was my son’s mother arrested. I’m on my way to speak with officer Smith and his supervisor,” Steward wrote Wednesday night.

An attempt was made to contact the Logan Police Department to acquire a police report, but the call was unanswered.

Update: the Logan Police Department has issued a statement regarding the Kitts arrest.

Officer Smith was walking in the stadium and observed a female sitting in the stands without a mask, he approached the female and advised her she needed to put her mask on as required by the school policy. The female advised that she had asthma and was not going to put it on. Officer Smith advised the female several times that she needed to put her mask on, and that if she did not, she would be asked to leave and would have (to) wait outside the stadium. The female continually refused his request and Officer Smith advised her that if she refused to leave, she would be cited for trespassing and escorted off the property.

After several attempts to get her to leave, Officer Smith advised her she was under arrest for criminal trespassing and asked her to place her hands behind her back multiple times and she refused. Officer Smith attempted to place her hand behind her back, the female began resisting by pulling away from the Officer and another female began interfering with the arrest. Officer Smith advised her to comply or he would deploy his Taser if she did not quit resisting.

She continued to resist, and Officer Smith placed his Taser on her shoulder area and drive stunned her once. He was able to successfully handcuff the female at that time. An additional officer arrived and assisted in walking the female out of the stadium. She continued to try to pull away from the officers while being escorted out of the stadium and had to be placed into the cruiser.”

The female initially refused to identify herself. Hocking County Emergency Medical Services was requested and responded to the scene. The female refused treatment.

The female was later identified as Alicia D. Kitts. She was charged with Criminal Trespassing and released at the scene. Additional charges are pending on Mrs. Kitts and another female subject involved in the incident.

It is important to note, the female was not arrested for failing to wear a mask, she was asked to leave the premises for continually violating school policy. Once she refused to leave the premises, she was advised she was under arrest for criminal trespassing, she resisted the arrest, which led to the use of force.

Posted by Skylar Steward on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.

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  1. The govt cannot legally tell an American citizen what to wear period it is illegal and this woman should lawyer up and sue. Using this type of force on an individual for not wearing a mask a woman especially is outrageous and needs to stop govt is out of control violating peoples civil rights

    • No civil rights were violated. She refused to wear the mask which violates school policy. The football field is on school property but still not unlawful. So she was then asked to leave the property multiple times and given a Criminal Trespass warning which she also refused multiple times. She broke the law when she refused to leave the property not for refusing to wear the mask. She doesn’t have a case but any lawyer will be glad to take her money and tell her she has a strong case.

  2. Masks have become an industry, just look at all the “fashion” masks at every retailer, on line and brick and mortar.

    Masks have become a symbol, “He wears it for her” blah blah blah. Thank you Bob Costas. You’re a bad person if you don’t wear one.

    Masks have become a tool for control of the citizenry.

    This will not end well, it will take a mass uprising by reasonable people refusing to comply.

  3. Playing devil’s advocate to the complaints here, if we’re being consistent with Clay’s take on masks, and our feelings about police brutality/excessive force and our general gripe about criminals failing to comply before police use excessive force, which is very similar to the situation we have here, the woman should have just put on the friggin’ mask. It’s not that big of a deal to wear the mask, certainly not worth non-compliance, resisting arrest, getting tased (DON’T TASE ME, BRO!), getting arrested and missing out on your son’s game. JUST WEAR THE MASK.

    She said she has asthma. OK. Here are the practical events that would have ensued if she just complied: she puts on mask, officer walks away to probably get his fat ass a chili dog from the concession stand, she takes off the mask periodically throughout the game due to her asthma, he may ask her once more to put on the mask if he’s not tired or backed up with indigestion, and then rinse and repeat. If we are being fair, this one is on the woman. And the officer did tell her to leave the premises, multiple times, i.e. she could have gone to sit in her car without escalation. Suing over something like this would be moronic. The costs would severely outweigh the reward. No real excuse here IMO.

    • Even if free monetarily, still would not be worth the headache. You ever been involved in a law suit? Should pick our battles during this crazy ass time. Not every single one is worth fighting or arguing over. Let the Democrats nit pick over every damn thing, that’s why they will lose again… Fighting over everything gets you absolutely nothing in the end, as this woman found out. Per Clay, wearing a mask is easy even if practically unnecessary. Just wear it when mandated, don’t wear it when not.

  4. I hear ya this will be my last but i just believe some things are worth fighting for never said fight every battle but this one to me is just so outrageous and over the top there is some value in some push back.When cops and i am pro police start tasering a non violent female which i guess is my main point not so much the mask to me there is just something wrong with that. Anyway thanks for your comments that’s what this forum is about and i love it have a great day brother!

      • Yes. It seems excessive but it will never look pretty trying to handcuff anyone who refuses to be handcuffed. They can be the smallest adult and if they resist it will never look pretty like it does on television. The officer dry stunned her which looks better than striking her but again the optics are bad.. She should’ve complied or exited the property and filed a complaint with the school district.

  5. Click bait title Joe, you and Outkick are better than that. She was asked to leave for not wearing the mask, she was arrested for not complying with the officer, she was tased for further resisting arrest. It’s actually quiet simple no matter the race, religion, creed, color, sexual preference or political party of the person doing the arresting or being arrested; if you simply comply things will go much smoother for all parties!!!

  6. The statement from the Logan Police was pretty clear. She started resisting arrest. We have had so many articles on Outkick regarding this. If you don’t want to get shot, killed, detained, put in jail, etc., just comply with police officers. Otherwise, you are opening up yourself to physical force. If you have asthma and are not going to wear a mask, you should look up exactly what is stated in the local law regarding masks and go over it with people or officers that question you. For instance, in Nevada, if you have a medical condition, you are exempt from wearing a mask. Have the law handy on your smartphone and carry your inhaler with you and whip it out whenever you need to. This shit ain’t hard.

  7. if the statement by the police department is factual, then common sense demands one of two things: put on a mask so you can watch your son play ball or leave and not watch your son play. Many here believe, like myself, that the mask situation has really nothing to do with science but rather politics.
    I believe excessive force was used and the officer should have called for back up in the form of another female officer. There was time to do that. Looks bad for the big man physically enforcing his will upon a smaller mother…

  8. 2020 and Covid and the Left have exposed how lame our government is across all levels. We have slowly given away one individual right after another. And now states and cities want to tell us how to breathe and what words may be uttered in the presence of government.

    This has to stop, but In the mean time, pay attention to your elected leaders and other bureaucrats, now is when they are sticking their heads out collectively. They are ugly.

  9. First let me say that statewide mask laws are stupid, especially coming from a republican governor. Second, it seemed like she was with a younger son and not close to anyone else. They should have left her alone until someone complained. I really despise people being harassed or arrested for not wearing a mask, I really hate it. Too many Americans just accept that wearing a mask is going to save your life. That’s BS, that’s fear porn. That being said, the lady should have left the stadium when asked by the officer. She was acting no better than Jacob Blake or George Floyd when they resisted arrest. Right or wrong, just follow orders to prevent any escalation. I agree with what she was saying, but her actions were wrong.

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