San Benito County resident and business owner Courtney Evans faces charges of trespassing and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors, following an arrest at the Board of Supervisors chambers prior to its Dec. 15 meeting.
Capt. Eric Taylor with the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were dispatched to the county administrative building at 481 Fourth Street in Hollister after a staff member reported a member of the public refused to follow the rules required to attend in person.
Evans told BenitoLink she was sitting alone when she was asked to leave, but was not given a reason. She said she assumes the rule she broke is not wearing a face mask, though she said it was not mentioned by the deputies throughout the process.
“I’m not sure how an American citizen and business owner can be trespassing in a public county supervisors meeting to exercise my right of freedom of speech and speak at these meetings,” said Evans, who owns Kamal Yoga Studio.
A video posted on Facebook shows deputies pulling Evans up from her seat and placing handcuffs on her. She is heard saying “I’d like to call my lawyer,” and “Oh, you’re hurting me. I totally have a right to be here,” before being taken out of the chambers.
According to the California penal code, Evans faces a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to one year in county jail for each charge. She said her court date was scheduled for Feb. 16.
“God bless America,” Evans told BenitoLink.
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