As much of the nation prepares to reopen, having faced what they believe is the brunt of COVID-19, some have jumped the gun, and are now paying the price.
Some of the first states to being easing lockdown restrictions in recent weeks have been Tennessee, Georgia, and, unsurprisingly, the notoriously independent Texas.
Although the Lone Star State’s economic reinvigoration is imminent, there are still some rules to be adhered to…no matter how thirsty you get.
Big Daddy Zane’s Bar owner Gabrielle Ellison, 47, told the Odessa American that she called on Open Texas to defend her so she could defy the executive order to close, which they all deem unconstitutional.
When police arrived Monday, there were at least 20 protesters there — including six outside brandishing loaded “AR-15 type weapons,” police told the paper.
Multiple deputies and Texas troopers rolled up Monday with an armored personnel carrier, aiming their guns at the armed protesters and screaming for them to put their weapons down, footage on Fox 24 shows.
A local sheriff was quick to call the rabble rousers out.
Ellison was arrested for defying the lockdown, while six men were arrested for possessing firearms on a licensed property, Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis said. An observer was also detained for interfering with a peace officer’s duties.
“I understand their side of it,” Griffis told the Odessa American.
“Defying the governor’s orders is one thing, but when you bring a bunch of armed vigilantes in from other parts of the state for a show of force, I just got a problem with that.”
The dramatic incident will undoubtedly provide fuel for anti-lockdown protesters the nation over who have repeatedly claimed that their local governments’ coronavirus restrictions are “draconian” or even “tyrannical”.
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