Amy McCay, a Texas woman, was charged with felony assault after shoving a deputy and coughing on passers-by.
Amy McCay, a Texas woman, was charged with criminal assault after she allegedly assaulted a police officer and coughed on others.
On June 1, 2021, the claimed incident occurred in the Houston Premium Outlets in Houston, Texas. A complaint of a disturbance inside a Tory Burch store prompted deputies under Constable Mark Herman to respond. The shop sells women’s clothing as well as home products.
Employees reportedly told authorities that McCay had refused to leave when they arrived. McCay is accused of disobeying a store policy requiring customers to wear masks. According to Mark Herman, the constable of Harris County’s fourth precinct, the staffers also said McCay had been coughing on other customers.
According to reports, a police deputy approached McCay and ordered her to follow the store’s policy. McCay is accused of refusing and then pushing the deputy. Police apprehended her and charged her with felony assault on a peace officer.
She was taken to the Harris County Jail by deputies. The amount of her bond was set at $10,000. She could face a sentence of two to ten years in prison and fines of up to $10,000 if convicted.
In July 2020, Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott enacted a statewide mask mandate. With almost 10,000 new cases reported daily, the state had hit its then-highest number of COVID-19 cases.
However, by March of the following year, Abbott had announced the revocation of the mandate, citing the fact that the number of new cases was approaching 3,000 per day. On March 10, the repeal went into force.
At the time, Abbott stated, “Removing statewide obligations does not terminate personal accountability.” “It’s just that state mandates aren’t necessary anymore.”
Several state officials warned people that establishments may still force customers to wear masks after the repeal. People who refused could be denied service or even given legal charges if they stayed on a business’ property while unmasked.
Around the time, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo called Abbott’s repeal a “step in the wrong direction.” Acevedo said that he expected that police to see an increase in service calls as defiant customers refused to wear masks inside of businesses. He added that people who refused to comply on-site could be charged with criminal trespassing.
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