SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Santa Fe Police are cracking down on mask use and among those cited is congressional candidate Alexis Johnson. Johnson was campaigning on the Santa Fe Plaza last week at a table without a mask.
In the lapel video, officers can be seen confronting several people in the area who are not wearing masks and politely ask them to put one on. Everyone on the video complied however, Johnson did not.
“So the reason I’m here is we got a call just because you’re not wearing a face mask. So if you could kindly do the honors of just having your face mask when you’re interacting with people, to make sure you have it on at all times,” said an officer. The officers explain that the only time she doesn’t have to wear a mask is when she’s drinking or eating.
“Well, I am just going to drink my water, gentlemen. I am not going to put a mask on unless you provide me, are you going to like handcuff me and take me away for not wearing a mask,” Johnson asked.
Johnson then told the officers to just ticket her and explained her reasons for not wearing a mask. “This is a free country. This flag here is the one that you’re upholding and the one that I’m upholding. So I do not support any type of infringement on my constitutional rights,” Johnson said.
Johnson then takes things a step further referencing the obelisk in the Plaza dedicated to union soldiers that some are fighting to tear down. After another exchange of words, the officers then take Johnson’s license and write her a citation. She was just one of many people confronted that day but the only one this day who opted for the citation instead.
To this point, Santa Fe Police have issued six citations for not wearing a mask including Johnson. One person has been cited twice. Santa Fe has an ordinance separate from the governor’s. The state fine is $100.