Woman accused in Galveston face mask incident arrested again

Terry Lynn Wright's original arrest was caught on camera. Now she's accused of refusing to leave ANOTHER store after refusing to wear a mask.

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- Oh, no.

- Do not touch me. Who do you think you are?

- 20-10, one assistant.

- Oh, back up, back up, some old lady is getting handcuffed here.

SHELLEY CHILDERS: It was a dramatic escalation inside a Bank of America in Galveston. A 65-year-old Terry Wright ended up on the ground during an arrest for refusing to leave the bank. Galveston police released this body cam video that shows the officer trying to get Wright to leave at least five times, because she refused to follow their mask policy. I've asked you to leave. You have to leave.

- My money's in this bank, and I'm going to take it out.

- Well then, you have to abide by the rules, or you need to go and get a mask and then take your money out. We're going to do this the easy way or the hard way.

- What are you going to do? Arrest me?

- Yes, for intruding on premises. We're going to go outside.

- Are you serious?

- So let's go walk outside.

- You've got some issues.

- I've got issues?

- That you're taking away people's human rights.

- OK, OK. Let's go outside.

- You going to shoot me, people?

- No.

- You going to shoot me for trying not to breathe?

- Cool.

- Come on, dude.

SHELLEY CHILDERS: Wright, who is on bucket list trip across the country in an RV, says that she was aware of the statewide mask mandate rollback.

- I've been traveling all over Texas, and I've never had an issue with not wearing a mask, and I need the governor just-- poo-poohed it.

SHELLEY CHILDERS: She spoke with ABC 13 tonight, admitting when she walked into the business, she was asked to wear a mask and refused.

- She's, she's like, well, you'll have to leave. And I said, no. I just want to close my account, and then I'll leave. And-- so she goes, well, if you're not going to leave, then I'm going to call the cops. And I said, well, do what you have to do.

SHELLEY CHILDERS: Legal analyst Steve Shellist says even with the statewide mask mandate lifted, private businesses can enforce their own mask policy.

STEVE SHELLIST: No shoes, no shirt, no service, businesses have the right-- private businesses have the right-- to set out whatever things they want, within limitations, as long as they're not discriminating-- and require their customers to comply.

SHELLEY CHILDERS: And during the arrest, she's tried to get other customers involved. They showed her no support.

- Not relaxed at all.

- Police brutality, right here, people.

- No, no it is not.

- No, it's not.

- Oh, what a bunch of sheep. Yeah, not wearing a mask, people. This is what they do you.

SHELLEY CHILDERS: Tonight, Galveston police say she is charged with criminal trespass and resisting arrest. Terry tells us she does not believe in the pandemic, and there was nothing she would have done differently.

- My civil right is not to wear a diaper on my face. And that's how I feel about it.

SHELLEY CHILDERS: Shelley Childers, ABC 13 Eyewitness News.

- Well, Galveston police say they want everything to be clear. So they sent us this statement this evening. It reads in part that, "The Department is not enforcing whether people wear masks. The police department responded to a call from the Bank of America regarding criminal trespass on their property," end quote.