A video is going viral of 10 NYPD police officers surrounding a mother and her son at a table in a Queen’s Applebee’s, before kicking them out of the restaurant for not having vaccination cards.
Video footage shows the officers surrounding the young family at their table which was during a protest at Queens Centre Mall.
Dozens of anti-vaccine mandate protesters had staged a ‘sit-in’ at the restaurant after they were refused service for not proving their vaccination status, as part of a series of demonstrations against the rules.
‘Unless you have vaccination cards, you have to exit the restaurant,’ an officer could be heard saying.
The little boy looks as if he is about to cry before he covers his face while the police talk to the family after the restaurant called the cops because of the protest.
A group of people can be heard shouting at the NYPD officers as they asked the family to leave the busy restaurant.
‘Scaring a child. Traumatizing a child. Hope you feel good about yourselves NYPD,’ one person can be heard shouting.
‘This is disgusting, this is gross,’ one protester could be heard saying.
In New York City, people aged five and older are required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for indoor dining, including restaurants, catering halls, hotel banquet rooms, bars, nightclubs, cafeterias, coffee shops, fast-food restaurants and grocery stores with indoor dining.
One officer, addressing the group of protesters, said: ‘If you leave voluntarily you will not have charges pressed against you.
‘Otherwise, you will be arrested for trespass. This will be your only warning.’
The NYPD had been called to the scene by the restaurant staff following a disturbance, reported Newsweek.
‘Upon arrival, officers were informed by the manager that individuals entered, refused to prove vaccination status in compliance with NYS Mandate and requested for the individuals to be removed from the location,’ the NYPD said.
The police added that four people were arrested and charged with criminal trespass. But the mother and child were not charged.
Video footage, taken by photographer Leeroy Johnson, showed police officers restraining protesters inside the venue, with one man saying it was ‘unbelievable’ as he was escorted out by officers.
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