A woman is currently facing assault charges after not complying with a store’s mask policy.
Kara Bell was doing some shopping at Nordstrom Rack in Sunset Valley on April 7th. As she went into the area of the fitting rooms Bell was approached by employees asking her to put her mask on.
Bell allegedly told the store employees that she had a health condition which exempted her from wearing a face mask. The employees then told her that she was no longer allowed in the store without a face mask. The situation led from one thing to another.
According to police reports, one of the store employees tried to block Bell from entering the fitting room but using her arm as a barrier. Bell continued to push and push until she shoved one of the store employees.
911 was called for an officer to be sent out. As police were responding to the scene, Bell went into one of the fitting rooms anyway and started trying on clothes. When police entered to store, they confronted Bell and asked her to come out of the fitting room. When she came out, she was in the store’s clothing that she was trying on.
15 minutes after officer arrived on the scene, Bell left the store appearing to be upset with officers. “I’m a Christian Woman of God,” Bell said. “You’re not going to put your disgusting rules on me that are false and not true,” Bell screamed.
In body cam footage obtained by Fox 7 Austin. You can hear Bell telling officers that they are infringing upon her legal rights. Bell is also heard in the body cam video not complying wit the officer, she wouldn’t tell the officers her name, despite the officers asking several times. At that point, the officers legally detained Bell as police were investigating what happened at the Nordstrom Rack store.
After further investigation, Bell is currently running for position 2 on the Lake Travis Independent School District Board.
Lake Travis ISD released a statement saying in part: “We have been made aware of the video, however due to election laws, we are not able to provide further comment.”
Sunset Valley made aware they are following the county judge’s mask order and also released a statement saying:
“Order 2021-02 requires face coverings from individuals inside a commercial entity or other building open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space whenever not feasible to maintain a six (6) feet of social distance from person outside one’s household, unless they fall under one of the excluded categories or conditions, such as any person younger than 10 years of age, any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering, etc., the fill list of which is in order.”
Bell reached out to the City of Austin and Travis County Commissioner’s Court joint session to voice how she was displeased with Dr. Mark Escott and Judge Andy Brown by saying that there has been no scientific proof that masks can slow the spread of Covid-19. The Center for Disease Control says that this is wrong.
According to police officials, Bell is not allowed back to the Nordstrom Rack for at least 12 months.