A New York man who was facing jail time after being arrested for watching his son’s outdoor baseball game maskless while socially distanced has been cleared and is now very seriously considering filing civil suits for civil rights violations.
Chad Hummel, himself an attorney, faced 90 days in jail, licensing consequences, and was banned from district property which might have prevented him from attending his son’s graduation after he opted not to wear a mask at the game, where a sign was displayed that noted masking was optional and masks were not required by any health order for outdoor sporting events when social distancing was in place, The Daily Wire reported.
Last week, he was acquitted by Judge Joseph J. Valentino after a four-hour bench trial — and the district could be facing a civil suit from the attorney.
“Hummel cannot elaborate on their identity or the nature of the untrue testimony as he prepares for the civil lawsuit to come and believes that the civil litigation is the appropriate forum for that truth to come out,” a statement he provided to the Daily Wire said.
“The Trespass charge arose from an incident where Hummel was standing alone in a field, hundreds of feet from anyone, maskless, when he was approached by security guard employed by the Irondequoit Chief of Police, Alan Laird‘s private security company in Town,” it continued.
“The plain–clothes guard ordered Hummel to leave his son‘s baseball game despite the Executive Order at the time that did not require outdoor masking. There was even a sign on the Stadium entrance that stated masks were optional when 6 feet apart. Mr. Hummel stood his ground and the police arrived, handcuffed him and took him to jail.”
In a previous statement to the outlet, Hummel had stated that he didn’t want money from the district, but simply to receive public apologies and for people like Superintendent Mary Grow to resign.
Now he has changed his mind.
“Mr. Hummel has been previously quoted as stating that, ‘[he] would accept a public apology, some resignations and a change to the school code of conduct’ in lieu of monetary damages,” his statement noted. “Now that the District sought to criminalize him, damage his professional career and hurt his family, he‘s reconsidering.”
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