Two men in Florida — wielding bogus Tribal Nation badges and face masks exemption playing cards — threatened Florida resort employees with arrest and fines in the event that they tried to pressure them to put on masks, courtroom information present.
Walter Wayne Brown Jr., 53, and Gary Brummett, 81, are going through federal prices after claiming to be US Marshals to flout the coronavirus protocols at Wyndham Deerfield Seashore Resort in Deerfield Seashore, in accordance to a legal grievance.
Brown and Brummett, with badges clipped on their belts that learn “Cherokee Nation Marshal” and “Aniyvwiya Legal Justice Deputy” and matching ID playing cards, refused a number of instances to put on masks within the frequent areas of the resort over their three-day keep.
Within the first incident, on Feb. 9, a entrance desk employee instructed Brown and his son throughout check-in that masks have been required at the lodge.
Brown responded, saying he was a federal agent and pointed to the badge on this belt, in accordance to the grievance.
He additionally flashed a laminated card that hung round his neck that learn, “‘FACEMASK EXEMPT NOTICE/CARD, which said ‘I’m exempt from any ordinance requiring face masks utilization in public… Wearing a face masks poses a psychological and/or bodily threat to me. Beneath the Individuals with Disabilities Act (ADA), I’m not required to disclose my situation to you.”
Two days later, Brummett requested for espresso whereas “wearing an genuine wanting badge on his belt” and refused to masks up, courtroom information say.
“Have you learnt what this implies? I’m a U.S. Marshal and might have you ever arrested should you pressure me to put on a masks,” Brummett barked at the supervisor when requested to cowl his face, in accordance to the grievance.
The entrance desk employee mentioned her cousin was a US Marshal mentioned “wouldn’t conduct themselves in that method,” courtroom papers say.
Brown additionally responded equally when he went to the entrance desk to lengthen their keep, courtroom papers say.
Each men have been arrested on Feb. 11 and charged with impersonating a federal officer.