School resource officer Chris Smith, who arrested and tased a woman earlier this week for refusing to leave when asked to wear a mask at a middle school football game, has been reassigned from working the Logan Hocking School District after receiving multiple death threats and racist insults.
Via ABC 6
A captain with the Logan Police department said their office is receiving more than 300 calls an hour regarding the arrest made at a Hocking County middle school football game. Logan Police officer Chris Smith has also received multiple death threats and racial insults. He has been reassigned from the Logan Hocking School District at this time.
Have you seen the viral video of the woman being arrested bc she refused to wear a mask and refused to leave the school? The district and the officer received threats. This man (2nd pic) is supporting the officer who he calls “a good man.” pic.twitter.com/MM2jUbqZyt
— Lacey Crisp (@LaceyCrisp) September 24, 2020
In a video shared on Facebook on Thursday Alicia Kitts was arrested and tased by officer Smith for criminal trespassing after she refused to leave the stadium
for failing to comply with the school’s mask policy at the game.
When Smith told a woman in the stands, later identified as Alicia D. Kitts, that she needed to put on a mask, she said she had asthma and was not going to put it on. The officer told Kitts “several times” that she needed to wear a mask, saying if she didn’t, she would be asked to leave and wait outside the stadium, according to the police statement.
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,” the police statement reads. “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,” the statement continues. The video shows two other people near the woman as she is tased while in the bleachers.
Not only is officer Smith receiving threats but the Logan police department says they are getting hundreds of calls every hour due to outrage over the incident.
A captain with the Logan Police department said their office is receiving more than 300 calls an hour regarding the arrest made at a Hocking County middle school football game. https://t.co/Bh8HnPrIon pic.twitter.com/5evUtVlfWx
— WSYX ABC 6 (@wsyx6) September 26, 2020
Now a large group of 2,000 people have started a Facebook group to show support for officer Smith.
Samantha Heinlein created a Facebook page supporting the officer in the viral video. He has received several threats, according to the Logan Police Department. https://t.co/3OIwEhSvcX pic.twitter.com/FovgzPCJSW
— Lacey Crisp (@LaceyCrisp) September 25, 2020
Via ABC 6
A Facebook group with more than 2,000 people is showing growing support for Officer Smith who arrested Alicia Kitts after he said she refused to leave school grounds. He approached Kitts and told her she needed to put her mask on as required by the school policy. She said she had asthma and was not going to put it on.