Bexar County

While Shopping, Irate Man Smacks Judge's Hand Over Face Mask Appeal, Judge Says

Judge says man could face an assault charge for confrontation

Juez Nelson Wolff
Telemundo 60

A prominent Texas official says an irate man smacked his hand when he tried to persuade the man to don a face-covering Wednesday.

The man was berating a cashier at a Lowe’s home improvement store for requiring him to wear a mask when Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff intervened, a Wolff spokeswoman said.

Wolff had ordered businesses to require face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, or face $1,000 fines per violation. He was explaining the order to the man when he turned his ire on Wolff, who phoned Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar so he could hear the exchange.

“It was one-sided, certainly,” Salazar said, adding that the man “was just berating the judge. Language that you wouldn’t want anyone, you certainly wouldn’t want your wife or your children hearing that kind of language in broad daylight, not in a retail establishment. ... He was certainly berating the judge and what he thought of the law.”

Wolff offered the man his business card and asked him to call, Salazar said. The man smacked the card out of Wolff’s hand and left. Wolff followed him outside, got his license plate number and turned it over to Salazar.

“Well, we’ll see what he thinks of the assault charge he’s going to catch,” Salazar said.

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