A security guard in a Southern California store has been charged with murder after allegedly arguing with a customer who did not have a mask.
Umayr Kornis Hawking fired 50-year-old Jerry Lewis on July 5, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors say the two men began arguing when Lewis walked into the store without wearing a protective mask. Lewis left the store, but came back a little later, and then Hawkins killed him by shooting him when he left again, according to prosecutors.
The use of a mask is a political issue
Last month, the state of California made it mandatory to use a mask in most interiors to prevent the spread of corona. From one end of the United States to the other, masks have become the subject of political controversy, with some of the population refusing to wear them as violations of individual freedom, and others demanding that they use them and believe they can save lives.
As the mask becomes mandatory in more and more parts of the country, shop employees are burdened with the difficult task of enforcing these rules. Often the public response is not at all positive.
In May, a Michigan security officer lost his life for consumer bullets he refused to carry. Another employee, this time in California, ended up with a broken arm after an argument with a client about the same issue.
Hawkins is facing charges of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm. His wife, Sabrina Carter, is also facing charges of unlawful possession of a firearm. The couple was not allowed to carry a weapon because of their conviction in 201
Both did not plead guilty on Wednesday. Hawkins has been arrested in custody for $ 1 million and faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted. Carter’s bail has been set at $ 35,000 and can expire in three years.