Brawl over mask leaves security guard at US store with broken arm

Los Angeles (AFP)

Two brothers in California are facing criminal charges after getting into a brawl with security guards at a store for not wearing masks and leaving one of the guards with a broken arm.

Phillip and Paul Hamilton, 31 and 29 respectively, were confronted by the guards at a Target store in Van Nuys — located about 18 miles (30 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles — after they were spotted without face coverings, as required to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Women wearing facemasks exit a shopping mall where a sign is posted at an entrance reminding people of the mask requirement Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall on June 12, 2020 in Arcadia, California
Women wearing facemasks exit a shopping mall where a sign is posted at an entrance reminding people of the mask requirement Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall on June 12, 2020 in Arcadia, California Frederic J. BROWN AFP/File

As they were being escorted out, the pair punched one of the four security guards and a brawl ensued, leaving one of the guards with a broken arm, according to the complaint.

“Not wearing a mask is selfish, wrong and illegal,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a statement on Friday. “We will absolutely not tolerate violence in response to appropriate efforts to assure business patrons wear face coverings.

“We have one common enemy — and it’s the virus, not each other.”

The scuffle, which took place in May and was caught on video, is the latest in a string of similar incidents in the United States over the wearing of masks which has become a political issue.

The two brothers, who have been charged with multiple counts of battery and trespass, face more than a year in jail if convicted.

One thought on “Brawl over mask leaves security guard at US store with broken arm

  1. It’s bad down there – in some areas people refuse to wear masks and think the spread is not happening like they say it is.

    My area is listening – we are all masked now… but I am Northern California

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