A mother in Idaho was arrested for allegedly refusing to leave a playground closed last month amid the COVID-19 pandemic, sparking a protest at the local city hall.
The arrest of Sara Brady, 40, was captured on Facebook live. Videos of what transpired circulated widely online.
"We're not trespassing," Brady responded. As she continued speaking, the officer said: "You have five seconds." He counted down and when she did not leave, he handcuffed Brady.
None of the officers were wearing gloves or masks.
As Brady was led to a police car, a woman shouted: "Her kids are here!"
Brady was charged with one count of trespassing, a misdemeanor.
Brady's arrest sparked a protest of dozens of people at Meridian City Hall.
Police officers said she was arrested because she wouldn't obey officers telling her to leave the playground.
“Meridian officers made several attempts to help BRADY adhere to the rules. She was non-compliant and forced officers to place her under arrest to resolve the issue. She was arrested for trespassing," the Meridian Police Department said in a statement.
"These are very trying times and the Meridian Police Department supports the public’s right to assemble for peaceful protest, however the right does not include damaging public property or ignoring closures of City property and facilities," it added.