Bodycam video shows Arizona business owner harassed by police and arrested for staying open
Arizona police recently arrested a business owner for staying open amid the coronavirus pandemic. The video recorded by the owner himself shows that police allegedly harassed the man.
Winslow, Arizona, arrested 71-year-old Daniel J. Mazon, the owner of Authentic Indiana Store, which sells Native American jewelry kick-starting the flow of multiple complaints to the Winslow mayor.
“We don’t want you to feel like we’re harassing you,” Winslow police says. “If you’re open for business we have that right.”
According to the police, Mazon was warned twice about keeping his store open, once by the Winslow mayor and once again by police, in the days before this incident. The officer says in the body camera video that these warnings came after the store license was issued on March 24.
When the officers walked into the store, Mazon started recording them on his cell phone. When officers told him he couldn’t stay open, Mazon argued, saying he changed his license name to “Indian Department Store.”
He also told officers he was now selling hay, paper towels, water and food, which officers noted were just candy bars.
“I get one or two people a day – corona bologna,” Mazon says as an officer looks at his store license.
Police said that Mazon also refused to show his driver’s license on their request and they handcuffed and detained him for failing to self-identify.
“You don’t need my driver’s license. I’m not driving,” Mazon responds in the video.
The arrest came soon after Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s decision to extend the state’s expiring “stay-at-home” order, which went into effect on March 31. Apparently it will not expire next Thursday and the number of business owners’ arrests in the state will only increase.
The Republican governor said he is waiting to make decisions on what comes next for the state to avoid potentially having to reverse them in the future.