Texas gubernatorial candidate Allen West won’t be charged over mask tussle at DFW Airport

After his involvement in an altercation regarding face masks at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport last year, Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Allen West will not be prosecuted.

A Grapevine Municipal Court administrator said on Monday that West will not face charges for his actions in the incident.

West admitted that he was walking through a DFW airport terminal on November 3 without a mask on when a man called him an idiot for not wearing a face covering. Like all airports, DFW requires passengers to keep face coverings over their nose and mouth as they walk through terminals.

A prior statement from West’s campaign recalled that West walked over to the man, who was later identified as Lawrence Stern, and responded by “flicking” off Stern’s face covering; West added on Twitter that he pulled down Stern’s mask and said, “See, nothing happened.” 

Airport police at DFW responded to the situation and took a report, then West and Stern departed from one another. Stern said to The Dallas Morning News that West “violently” ripped his face mask off and said he was hoping to see West charged over the incident.

Stern added that he was not injured by West, and authorities, according to a police report, saw no marks on his face.

West, who formerly served as a Florida congressman and head of the Texas GOP, firmly opposes vaccine and mask mandates. He is running for governor, challenging incumbent Greg Abbott in the Republican gubernatorial primary.




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