The SWAT team was dispatched to a bar in Odessa, Texas after the owner decided to re-open for business.
The SWAT team, ladies and gentlemen.
Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis said during a news conference that the owner of Big Daddy Zane’s opened her business even though Gov. Greg Abbott explicitly mandated that bars remain closed.
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When officers arrived they found six men in body armor and armed with rifles standing outside the establishment.
“This was not a protest of their second amendment rights. It was a show of force to ensure this lady could violate the governor’s order,” Griffis told reporters.
The owner along with the seven armed men were arrested.
The bar posted a Facebook event scheduled for May 4 called “Bars and bartenders standing united,” which had a photo of armed men in body armor posing in an undisclosed location.
“They will be here to help protect our rights as a small business owner to open and be able to feed our families,” according to the post.
Ector County Sheriff’s SWAT team raiding a peaceful protest at Big Daddy Zane’s in West Odessa. The bar opened this afternoon despite Abbott’s latest orders, saying “all businesses are essential.”
— JuYeon Kim (@JuYeonKimTV) May 5, 2020