A man was forcibly removed from a Philadelphia public bus by police officers for not wearing a face mask.
Under a new coronavirus-prompted policy, which went into effect Thursday under the name “Lifeline Service Schedule,” the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority announced service cuts and said it was “now asking all riders to wear masks or other facial coverings, consistent with new CDC guidelines, to protect both riders and operators.”
A Philadelphia Police official revealed that the incident began when a bus driver told the man to “leave the bus several times and the passenger repeatedly refused.” Police reportedly received 911 calls about the disturbance on a bus near the city’s downtown.
Once the officers arrived they also “ordered the male to leave the bus several times. The male refused, at which point he was physically removed by the officers,” police said, according to WHYY.
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The City of Philadelphia has reported 6,386 cases of the coronavirus and 176 deaths as of the time of filing this report.