The male captured on cam shoving a fitness instructor at a fitness center during a conflict about mask-wearing has allegedly been arrested.
The guy, identified by WBBM as 30- year-old Anthony Myers, is seen in the video pushing fitness instructor Adrian Aguilar at a Whenever Physical fitness location in Chicago.
” Walk away,” Myers is seen telling Aguilar, who had his hands up in the air. “Then I’ll push you away.”
He went on: “If you had just kept your f mouth shut and not played games, I ‘d be working out and you ‘d be minding your own organization but you wan na be a big man and you wan na play video games.”
The five-minute clip was initially published on Facebook by Leo Mikulich on February11 It went viral after being distributed on other social networks platforms, including Twitter.
” My extremely own first hand account of white fragility in the wild,” Mikulich wrote alongside the video. “This man would not wear his mask and the health club personnel (who occurred to be Mexican) needed to resolve it. The white man did what white men do and called the police officers.”
In the video, Myers– who is seen with a mask around his chin– states he was wearing his mask appropriately while working out.
” It was on when I was working out. It’s down since I’m dealing with this s ,” he says.
” It’s a joke. You’re ruining my f country,” he later on adds, pointing at Aguilar and other people in the vicinity.
After Aguilar says he is Mexican, Myers responds: “It’s not a racist thing, it’s a liberal thing.”
Later in the video, Myers declares to be a legal representative and threatens to sue.
” What I am is a lawyer and I’m going to sue the f out of you,” he says. “So I hope at the end of the day when I file this report and when I sue you people that this is all worth it.”
In a lengthy post on Facebook, Aguilar explained that the incident recorded on video camera took place after prior attempts to get Myers to wear a mask, based on the fitness center’s policy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
After the very first attempt, Aguilar said Myers “unleashed a truly unhinged tirade that covered a lot of strange bases, however the takeaway was this: I was dealing with an extremely unsteady individual.”
Aguilar stated he called the fitness center’s owner and had him speak to Myers directly. “He hung up on him and still declined to leave,” Aguilar composed.
” I feared that upon getting the call, this man might go bonkers and break things or hurt someone, so I quietly approached the members and one by one let them know that I felt like a run-in was likely which they need to make sure to be conscious and be safe. I then went and positioned myself between the members and the trouble, just in case.
” Hooboy he REALLY didn’t like that. That was what led to this video. “
Aguilar added that he kept his distance and had his hands up or behind his back “to indicate that I implied him no damage.”
” I also continuously told him, ‘I’m not going to touch you or do anything to you.’ Regardless of all of that, he closed the range and got physical. At some point, he called the polices himself and told them that I was a threat and a risk and that he didn’t feel safe in my existence …,” he composed.
Aguilar included that what wasn’t recorded was the next 90 minutes during which Myers informed police that Aguilar had actually threatened him.
” The police took a look at this video, heard the statement of all the members, and looked at our security electronic cameras and basically informed him, ‘what are you, nuts? There’s nothing here but proof of you attacking him, unprovoked,'” Aguilar wrote.
Aguilar stated Myers was then detained and led out of the fitness center.
” It’s worth noting that on his escape, in the most low-budget, Scooby-Doo bad guy, humorous method, he said ‘This isn’t over …'” Aguilar included.
Myers is dealing with misdemeanor charges of trespassing and battery.
Aguilar and Anytime Physical fitness have actually been gotten in touch with for extra remark. Myers might not immediately be reached for comment.
A representative for the Chicago Cops Department declined to comment to Newsweek, pointing out a possible ongoing examination.