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Grants Pass, Oregon’s Terry Lynn Wright arrested in Galveston, Texas for not wearing face mask

Terry Lynn Wright, 65, of Grants Pass, Josephine County, Oregon, United States was in Galveston, Texas, USA on March 11, 2021. She entered a Bank of America on Central City Boulevard in Galveston without a face mask at around 12:30 p.m. that day.

The manager of the bank called police because Wright refused to follow its face mask policy amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. One Galveston Police Department officer arrived and asked her to either wear a mask while inside or leave the bank.

“What are you going to do?” Wright asked the officer. “Arrest me? That’s hilarious.”

Wright refused to comply with the officer’s order. She said, “The law says I don’t have to wear a mask.”

After the statewide mask mandate in Texas ended on March 10, 2021, many businesses decided to keep their mask requirements. The officer explained to Wright that the state’s decision to lift the mandate does not apply to private businesses like the Bank of America.


As captured in the officer’s body camera, Wright was standing in the middle of the bank’s lobby. All of the customers surrounding her were wearing masks.

When the officer took out handcuffs, Wright pulled away and started to walk toward the door. The officer stopped her and forced her to the ground.

“This old lady is getting handcuffed here!” Wright complained. “I hope someone is filming this.”

“I am filming this,” the officer told Wright. While handcuffed, she complained that her foot was injured and told the other customers, “Police brutality right here, people.”

During the struggle, Wright suffered minor injuries. She was later treated at a University of Texas Medical Branch hospital, according to The Daily News.

On March 12, 2021, a warrant was issued for Wright’s arrest, KHOU reported. She was charged with resisting arrest and criminal trespassing.

The Grants Pass resident told ABC13 that she does not believe in the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to wear face masks. She said, “I won’t wear that diaper on my face.”

According to Wright, she traveled to Galveston in a recreational van to cross off items off her bucket list. She wanted to close her Bank of America account and the Central City Boulevard location was the only one that was open to her that day she was arrested for not wearing a face mask.

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  1. God bless this lady and God will take care of all that harm her I pray God’s will will be done with these people in Jesus holy name I have not worn a mask father God said I don’t have to wear a mask I have Jesus Jesus is all I need this was a plan Demic not a pandemic I don’t believe in it and I stand behind this lady 100% as God is my Lord and Savior!


    • Seriously this is madness. What people need is a scientific clue! Be unselfish, and less prideful! Wear the mask in private places of business. If you are a Christian then please walk the walk and save a life by wearing a mask. We do not know if others around us are more susceptible to the virus or could die from it due to underlying conditions.

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      • not if I’m a Christian I am a Christian and I follow what God says I believe the word of God I will never believe what man says why don’t you try reading the Bible before it’s too late save your soul from hell give your life over to Jesus Romans 10:9-10 and Psalm 91:10 🤷🏻‍♀️🥰🛐🙏🏾


      • Darlene Smith -YOU are what’s wrong with life today. You are ignorant and foolish. God will NOT protect you from anything. He GAVE you the tools to protect yourself. I would recommend growing up and acting like a caring adult or shut up and stop displaying your selfish stupidity. If you were a true Christian you would be helping people – not displaying this childish nonsense.

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      • Romans 14:11
        “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”


  2. Screw the mask mandating corporations. Hope they and the police protecting corporate policies over constitutional rights all go down. Worthless pigs.




  4. I would think these anti-maskers would be more respectful of PROPERTY RIGHTS. A private institution/business has the right to set rules, refuse service and eject you from their property if you don’t follow their rules. Simple as that.
    Honestly these people think their rights trample of the rights of all the other private citizens and property owners.

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  5. If everyone would continue to wear a mask for the foreseeable future (see flu of 1918) we will probably beat this sooner than later. With that said, ANY business has the right to set the rules that they see fit in order to enter their business, which is what the bank did.

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  6. The teller, Bank Of America & the City of Galveston WILL pay or settle for big money.
    Everyone needs to know & understand that the Constitution, federal & state laws does NOT require everyone to wear these mask. The laws allow exemptions for medical & religious reasons & no one can question or interrogate a person about it. Doing so will violate more laws.
    This applies to ALL business establishments, public & private. They are legally defined as a place of “public accommodation” & you can NOT prohibit entry by discriminating against someone for their medical condition, disability, or religious views. If someone is unable or unwilling to wear a mask for one of those reasons you can NOT prohibit their entry & you can NOT call law enforcement to file a charge of trespassing because of their legally protected status.
    No “municipal ordinance, company policy, emergency order, health order or state of emergency” can void, suspend or violate the law or the Constitution. No if, and or but, period. End of discussion.



    • Betty Jo,

      You really need to read the U.S. Constitution and better understand our federal system of government. In addition, you appear to have a limited knowledge of how public accommodation and anti-discrimination laws work.

      You definitely don’t need to worry about the Bank of America and the City of Galveston. The bank was well within the law and the police acted correctly and professionally.

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    • WRONG!!!! A private company has the right to bar morons from going into thier business who could infect their employees and cost them money. The fact that you seem to think you are above being a decent human just goes to show that you are a lousy, selfish moron.


  7. dottimcgee
    Revelation 22:14
    “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
    1 John 5:3

    “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”

    John 8:12
    Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

    Deuteronomy 13:4
    Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
    Proverbs 29:25 – The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

    John 12:43 – For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

    Colossians 3:23 – And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;


  8. The bank is a public place, even of she had not been one of their customers, which she was. And here is a good definition of a public place: “Public Place” means an enclosed area to which the public is invited or in which the public is permitted including, but not limited to, banks, and other financial institutions, publicly funded or owned buildings, school and college buildings, public conveyances, recreational facilities, lounges, taverns and bars, educational facilities, health care facilities, laundromats, public transportation facilities, reception areas, restaurants, retail or wholesale food production and marketing establishments including grocery stores, supermarket and stores where food items are sold for on-premises or off-premises consumption, retail service establishments, retail or wholesale stores, shopping malls, sports arenas, theaters, and waiting rooms.


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