A viral video shows a group of business owners angrily confronting a sheriff’s deputy and health official who came to shut down their gathering, an incident that took place amid growing tensions between businesses and leadership in the state of New York.
As WBEN reported, the incident took place in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, where more than 100 people gathered to meet inside Athletes Unleashed gym. The group included concerned business owners and residents who were discussing the effects that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus restrictions have had on the local economy. Tim Walton, one of those in attendance, said that officers from the Erie County Sheriff’s Department and local health officials came into the gym to break up the meeting, telling the people inside that they were breaking New York’s rules against mass gatherings.
That was when the angry confrontation began, with many in those attendance raising their voices and demanding that the officials leave.