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Shocking moment a police officer bodyslams a woman in an Alabama Walmart 'for refusing to wear a face mask’ amid the coronavirus pandemic

Shocking moment a police officer bodyslams a woman in an Alabama Walmart 'for refusing to wear a face mask’ amid the coronavirus pandemic
  • Woman was slammed onto the ground by a police officer for reportedly not wearing a face mask
  • Incident took place at a Walmart store in Birmingham, Alabama, on Tuesday   
  • Officer appeared to use mace spray on the women's friends when they became upset 
  • Walmart has encouraged shoppers to wear face masks while inside stores to stop the spread of COVID-19 
  • Alabama has 8,112 confirmed cases and a death toll of 298
A police officer in Alabama body-slammed a woman inside a Walmart store after she allegedly refused to wear a face mask.
The alarming scene unfolded inside a store in the Roebuck neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama, onTuesday.    
A resident who captured the the incident on her cell phone said the situation quickly spiraled out of control when the women would not wear a face mask.  
An officer was captured on cell phone camera lifting and slamming a woman on the ground in a Birmingham, Alabama, Walmart store (pictured)
An officer was captured on cell phone camera lifting and slamming a woman on the ground in a Birmingham, Alabama, Walmart store (pictured)
Cell phone footage of the incident shows an officer attempting to restrain the woman while her friend yelled in outrage. 
Suddenly, the officer placed a hand around her left leg, lifted her up and unceremoniously slammed her onto the ground.
The woman's face collided with the tile floor, prompting witnesses to gasp in shock.  
The friend became irate as the officer proceeded to restrain the woman on the ground. 
The officer placed on hand on the woman's left leg, hoisted her into the air and dropped her on the ground (pictured)
The officer placed on hand on the woman's left leg, hoisted her into the air and dropped her on the ground (pictured) 
Witnesses gasped in shock at the scene and the woman's friend became increasingly upset 
A follow up video shows what appeared to be the aftermath of the incident. 
Two of the woman's friends confronted the officer near the Walmart's entrance and an argument ensued. 
In response, the officer pulled out what appeared to be a canister of mace and sprayed it at the women. 
Neither of the women seemed to be harmed. Additional officers arrived to the scene and disrupted the commotion. 
The officer appeared to spray mace at two women who were upset their friend was being restrained
The officer appeared to spray mace at two women who were upset their friend was being restrained 
It's unclear if the either the woman (left) or officer (right) faced any repercussions
It's unclear if the either the woman (left) or officer (right) faced any repercussions
It's unclear if the women was arrested or if the officer faced any reprimanding. 
Walmart has encouraged - but not required - shoppers to wear face masks while inside the store.
Officials hope this can slow down the spread of COVID-19, which has infected 1,262,426 Americans and killed 74,708 across the country. 
Alabama has recorded 8,112 and a death toll of 298. 
This comes as people of color begin to fear racial profiling during the coronavirus outbreak. 
'This is a powder keg waiting to take shape. And that is the last thing we need dealing with this pandemic,' Hardie Davis Jr., mayor of Augusta, Ga., and president of the African American Mayors Association told The Washington Post
'The inherent biases that we persistently deal with in America are real. We cannot diminish them.
'It’s one thing for someone white to walk into a store with a mask on; it’s another thing for folks who are black and brown.'    

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