LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors have charged two brothers in an alleged assault of Target security guards during a brawl in May after they refused to wear masks, the Los Angeles city attorney announced Friday.
One of the security guards suffered a broken arm in the melee, City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a news release.
Phillip Hamilton II, 31, and Paul Hamilton, 29, allegedly refused to wear masks at the Target store in Van Nuys on May 1, the release stated. It was not immediately clear if they had attorneys who could speak on their behalf.
Los Angeles has required face coverings since April 10.
One of the brothers allegedly punched one of four security guards who were escorting them out of the store, Feuer said. A “knock-down drag-out fight” erupted and was caught on surveillance video, he said.
“Not wearing a mask is selfish, wrong and illegal,” Feuer said. “We will absolutely not tolerate violence in response to appropriate efforts to assure business patrons wear face coverings. We have one common enemy — and it’s the virus, not each other.”