Cops drag anti-masker out of school: Reed Bender Bio, Wiki
Police in South Dakota reportedly hauled a man out of a school board meeting Monday because he refused to wear a mask.
According to the Mitchell Republic, roughly 20 people attended the Mitchell Board of Education meeting, which was held in Mitchell High School’s library. Reed Bender, who reportedly sat in the front row, declined to wear a mask — despite Board of Education President Deb Olson saying at the beginning of the meeting that mask would be provided for attendees who did not have one.
Bender is reportedly a staunch opponent of the masks who has spoken out against the masks’ mandates during previous board meetings.
According to the news outlet, Mitchell School District Superintendent Joe Graves told Bender that he would be removed from the facility if he did not meet the mask requirement. Bender reportedly said that he would make arrangements to meet the next meeting.
Graves eventually called the Mitchell Police Division, which arrived at the high school about 20 minutes later.
In a video that KORN News Director J.P. Skelly posted on Facebook, Bender is heard telling officers that he knows they don’t want to forcibly remove him from the school board meeting. One of the officers warns Bender that he may be criminally charged if he does not leave.
“I get it … You’re going to have to drag me out,” Bender says moments before officers do just that.
Passersby can be heard calling the ordeal a “shame” and urging Bender not to resist and comply with the police.
An officer pulls out his Taser during the fight but never uses it on Bender. After Bender is removed from the library, at least two aides admonish the school board for involving the police.
“This is a joke,” someone says.
Mitchell’s police officer, Search Agent Sawyer Gibson, told the Republic that Bender was escorted off the property, but not arrested. While no charges have been filed, Gibson said the incident remains under investigation.