Anti-mask protest held outside Plantation courthouse during hearing for maskless Target demonstrators – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports


PLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – A bunch of protesters gathered outside a courthouse in Plantation to take a stand towards masks mandates, as a hearing was held for the individuals who had been cited for parading via a Target retailer final year.

7News cameras captured demonstrators chanting and holding up indicators outside of the Broward County Government Center West, Friday afternoon.

Video of the September 2020 demonstration at a Target location in Fort Lauderdale went viral.

Chris Nelson and his girlfriend, Nicole Struelens, joined a number of others in eradicating their facial coverings and strolling throughout the shop whereas encouraging customers to do the identical.

“Who here is sick and tired of having to wear one of these things every time you go into a store?” Nelson is heard saying within the video moments earlier than they enter the big retailer.

“It’s all about choice. Yeah, take it off! You don’t need it,” a lady inside the shop is heard saying within the video.

The demonstrators stated they obtained citations.

“Within about two weeks, we ended up getting $100 citations from Broward County,” stated Nelson.

Friday was their day in courtroom, however not earlier than one other demonstration came about outside the county constructing the place their hearing was held.

“We’re standing up today against these unconstitutional, immoral and completely unnecessary mask mandates,” stated Nelson.

Nelson argued his quotation was nullified when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stated counties may not accumulate fines for not sporting masks.

The hearing officer disagreed.

“I’m going to be appealing this,” stated Nelson.

Struelens confirmed up with a physician’s discover that states she has a medical situation.

“Including blacking out, loss of vision, horrific migraines. My last migraine lasted 48 hours,” she stated.

Her quotation was dropped.

“That’s a victory for people everywhere who have medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask,” stated Nelson.

Nelson was fined $125. He stated he won’t be paying it.

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