‘You’re violating my personhood!’ Anti-masker, 61, in leopard-print captured on video accusing a black sheriff of KIDNAPPING her and stealing her purse after being arrested in Palm Beach for COVID-19 violations
- Cindy Falco-DiCorrado, 61, was arrested in Palm Beach County, Florida, on Thursday after refusing to wear a mask in an Einstein Bros Bagels shop
- The Trump supporter, from Boynton Beach, was captured on video claiming police were violating her ‘personhood’
- Woman accuses black sheriff of kidnapping her, stealing her purse and not understanding the constitution, before she began to pray
- She says ‘I can’t breathe’ as she is handcuffed, the words used in the Black Lives Matter movement to protest police brutality against black citizens
- Video of the arrest posted on Instagram page called ‘Crazy Karens’
- Falco-DiCorrado videoed being arrested in May 2020 over other mask violation
- In 2017 Falco-DiCorrado resigned from Boynton Beach board after she was accused of being a white supremacist for referring to black residents as ‘slaves’
Cindy Falco-DiCorrado, an ardent Trump supporter, was in an Einstein Bros Bagels joint in West Boca, Palm Beach County, on Thursday when staff asked her to put on a mask or leave, in compliance with local pandemic safety laws.
The 61-year-old from Boynton Beach, wearing head-to-toe animal print, claimed it was her constitutional right not to wear a mask.
After police back-up was called, Falco-DiCorrado was captured on video being taken out the shop as she screamed that police were violating her ‘personhood’.
She also accused a black sheriff of kidnapping her and stealing her purse.
The woman then began to pray, before being put into handcuffs over the bonnet of a police vehicle, screaming ‘I can’t breathe’, the words used in the Black Lives Matter movement to raise awareness of police brutality against black citizens.
Falco-DiCorrado was later charged with trespassing and resisting arrest without violence.
The video was posted on an Instagram page called ‘Crazy Karens’.
Cindy Falco-DiCorrado, 61, pictured on Facebook, was captured on video being arrested by police for refusing to wear a bask in an Einstein Bros. bagel shop in West Boca, Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday
The 61-year-old from Boynton Beach accuses the black sheriff of trying to kidnap her and steal her purse
Dressed in head to toe animal print the anti-masker repeatedly screams that she has done nothing illegal by refusing to wear a mask; a violation of a legal mandate requiring citizens to wear them in public areas as a result of the pandemic
A second officer then arrives and the pair walk Falco-DiCorrado out of the shop
Outside the video continues and shoes the woman being bent over a police vehicle and being handcuffed
Falco-DiCorrado repeatedly screams that she has done ‘nothing illegal’ as well as saying ‘I can’t breathe’, the words used as a rallying cry in the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality
She later says she had ‘no idea’ she could be arrested, despite having been arrested for a similar offence back in May last year
During the video, which is being filmed by an associate of Falco Di-Corrado, the woman says to the black sheriff: ‘Get your hands off of me. You are kidnapping me. You don’t have the right, sir. I have done nothing wrong and I am not a criminal.’
She adds: ‘You get this?’, looking to the camera, ‘I’m asking him to take his hand off of me’.
Throughout the exchange officer refers to her as ‘ma’am’ and asks her to leave the shop quietly.
Insisting that it is a violation of her ‘personhood’ DiCorrado then tells the officer that she is invoking her first amendment right.
She says: ‘Look at this. He has no right to kidnap me. This is because the police department are ignorant of the constitutional rights. This is why this man has his hand on me and is on my personhood. I have the right to protect my personhood’.
As the cop holds on to the strap of DiCorrado’ bag hanging on her arm, she shouts: ‘Hey don’t steal my purse. Stop stealing my purse.’
She was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest without violence
A spokesman for Einstein Bros Bagels said that the safety of their employees and customers was their top priority
A second officer arrives and she is escorted, from the building, before being handcuffed over a police vehicle, screaming ‘I can’t breathe’ and ‘I have done nothing illegal’.
A mandate is currently in place requiring citizens to wear masks in public places, as a result of the global pandemic.
It has been fiercely resisted by residents in Palm Beach with one man pulling a gun on a Walmart employee for asking that he wear one.
But in July, a South Florida Circuit judge upheld the right of Palm Beach County to enforce the mandate.
Judge John Kastrenakes said: ‘We do not have a constitutional right to infect others’, as reported by The Sun Sentinel.
Cindy Falco-DiCorrado, 61, pictured on Facebook, has a history as an anti-masker and has been accused of making racist comments in the past
Falco-DiCorrado was captured on another video, from May last year, also refusing to wear a mask and being arrested by police
In 2017 she resigned as a Boynton Beach volunteer board member after being accused of being a white supremacist and racist, after allegedly using racial slurs
Tom Johnson, spokesman for Einstein Bros. Bagels, told The Sun Sentinel, that the health and safety of employees and customers was their top priority.
‘Our locations are marked with clearly posted signs requiring customers to wear masks while in our bakeries,’Johnson said.
‘Customers that are unable to do [that] are able to order their food ahead using our app or delivery through Doordash.’
After spending the night in jail Falco-DiCorrado told The Sun Sentinel: ‘It was an unbelievable horrific experience’ and that she had ‘no idea’ she could be arrested.
In fact, Falco-DiCorrado has a history of mask violations and accusations of racism.
In May last year she was videoed being arrested for protesting against mask laws and was seen being put into handcuffs as she screamed on the grass outside a Sunshine Mart.
In 2017, she resigned as a volunteer for the Boynton Beach Board after a resident accused her of being a ‘white supremacist’ following remarks made in a meeting over whether to designate Boynton Beach a sanctuary city.
Falco-DiCorrado allegedly told black residents: ‘You’re lucky we brought you over as slaves, or else you’d be deported too.’
She later said her comments were taken ‘out of context’ but resigned from her position.