LA City Attorney Files Charges Against 2 Brothers Who Refused to Wear Mask in Target

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City Attorney Mike Feuer announced today that his office has filed criminal charges against two brothers who allegedly fought with store security guards, one of whom suffered a broken arm after the brothers allegedly refused to wear masks at a Target in Van Nuys. Both brothers are charged with battery and trespass.

“Not wearing a mask is selfish, wrong, and illegal,” said Feuer. “We will absolutely not tolerate violence in response to appropriate efforts to assure business patrons wear face coverings. We have one common enemy—and it’s the virus, not each other.” 

FACE COVERING FIGHT: A security guard was left with a broken arm following a physical confrontation with two men who refused to wear face masks inside a Target in Van Nuys. Full story: https://t.co/CMq5LBHIQ2 pic.twitter.com/YL6FwOgi2P

— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) May 11, 2020

According to the complaint, on May 1, brothers Phillip Hamilton II, 31, and Paul Hamilton, 29, allegedly refused to wear masks at the Target on Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys, despite the city’s face covering order that took effect on April 10.

As the brothers were being escorted out, one of them allegedly turned and punched one of the four security guards, which allegedly instigated a knock-down drag-out fight, which was caught on surveillance video. One of the guards broke his arm in the brawl and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Phillip Hamilton was charged with multiple counts of battery including an allegation of a battery causing serious bodily injury and a count of trespass. If convicted he could face up to 1 year and 9 months of jail. Co-Defendant Paul Hamilton was also charged with multiple counts of battery and a count of trespass. If convicted he could face up to 1 year and 3 months in jail.

Their case is set for pretrial on August 12th in the Van Nuys Superior Courthouse. 

Despite ongoing arguments and conspiracy theories over the use and effectiveness of face-coverings to stymie the transmission of COVID-19, Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, made himself very clear when he said,  "over the next six weeks we could drive [the virus> into the ground."

McDonald's announced on Friday it will require customers to wear face coverings in its restaurants beginning August 1.

"While nearly 82% of our restaurants are in states or localities that require facial coverings for both crew and customers today, it’s important we protect the safety of all employees and customers," McDonald's said in a statement.

McDonald's said it would make masks available to customers who don’t have them upon entering one of its nearly 14,000 U.S. locations.