A man not wearing a face mask was removed from a Philadelphia bus by police officers on April 10 for reportedly refusing to leave when the driver asked.
Video captured by Dupree Myers, a Philadelphia resident, shows four police officers forcefully removing the man from the bus, backed up by at least 5 other officers.
The Philadelphia Police Department responded to the incident saying that the officers were called to assist the bus driver, who said the man had refused to leave the bus when asked.
The police officers who arrived at the scene then asked the man to leave and after he refused again, he was removed by force, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. It added that the incident is still under investigation.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) had issued a policy on April 7 urging all passengers to wear masks in line with CDC guidelines.
Following this incident, SEPTA said that they would no longer enforce the rule saying: “While SEPTA urges riders to cover their faces, those who refuse will not be barred entry to the system”.
Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney said that he did not blame the bus driver and that “SEPTA bus drivers are front-line, boots-on-the-ground heroes”. Credit: Dupree Myers via Storyful