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B.C. woman who confronted transit police officer over masks in viral video ordered to pay fines

Click to play video: 'Woman ordered to pay fines after confrontation with Metro Vancouver transit police over masks' Woman ordered to pay fines after confrontation with Metro Vancouver transit police over masks
Transit police said Wednesday that a woman who arrested in December after refusing to wear a mask on the Canada Line was found guilty and ordered to pay fines. Video of the incident went viral after it was posted to social media. – May 12, 2021

A woman has been ordered to pay fines in connection to a COVID-19-related confrontation with a Metro Vancouver Transit Police officer that was captured on video.

Transit police said on Twitter Wednesday that the woman was found guilty and will have to pay all of her violation tickets.

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Transit police included a photo of a ticket that showed two $230 fines, one for failing to wear a mask in an indoor space in accordance with COVID-19 public safety rules and another for abusive or belligerent behaviour.

Video of the confrontation, which took place in early December, went viral after being posted to social media earlier this year.

Click to play video: 'Angry tirade over masks erupts on Lower Mainland SkyTrain' Angry tirade over masks erupts on Lower Mainland SkyTrain
Angry tirade over masks erupts on Lower Mainland SkyTrain – Oct 29, 2020

In the video, the woman argues that she did not have to wear a mask for medical reasons and presented a card that she claimed gave her an exemption.

The officer explained that recent provincial health orders meant the card was not valid.

Read more: Human Rights Code can’t protect anti-maskers making unproven claims: tribunal

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The woman then accuses the officer of harassment.

The officer then places the woman under arrest.

Transit police said Wednesday that the officer has received an “unprecedented amount of support” after a viral Reddit post dubbed him “the world’s most composed transit police officer.”

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