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A Flint, Michigan Family Dollar Security Guard Was Shot Dead After Telling A Woman To Wear A Mask – BuzzFeed News

“This just can’t be real, my babies need their daddy,” the guard’s wife said. “I’m just suffocating, I feel like a knife is in my chest.”

Posted on May 4, 2020, at 6:39 p.m. ET

Courtesy of Bryant Nolden

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A security guard at a Family Dollar store in Flint, Michigan, was shot and killed after an argument ensued when he told a customer she was required to wear a face mask while shopping.

According to police, the incident started when Calvin Munerlyn told Sharmel Teague’s daughter, who has not been named but is said to be in her twenties, that she would need to wear a mask inside the store. While the daughter then returned to the family’s car, police say Teague, who was wearing a mask, remained in the store and started yelling and even spitting at Munerlyn. Prosecutors say Munerlyn then asked a cashier not to serve Teague.

Police say surveillance camera footage shows that after the argument, Teague got into her car and drove off, only for the vehicle to return to the parking lot about 20 minutes later. This time, police say, Teague’s husband and son, Larry Teague, 44, and Ramonyea Bishop, 23, climbed out of the family’s SUV. Investigators say Larry Teague approached Munerlyn and started yelling at him about disrespecting the women in his family. Bishop then allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Munerlyn in the head.

Police officers found Munerlyn bleeding in the store’s doorway.

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Pete Tedford, Calvin Munerlyn’s cousin, and Dorothy Nelson, Munerlyn’s sister, hold each other outside a Family Dollar store on May 3.

Police have arrested Sharmel Teague, but her husband and son remain at large. All three have been charged with first-degree premeditated murder.

“From all indications, Mr. Munerlyn was simply doing his job in upholding the governor’s executive order related to the COVID-19 pandemic for the safety of store employees and customers,” Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton said in announcing the charges.

On April 24, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order requiring customers to wear face coverings inside businesses in hopes of curbing the spread of the coronavirus. While there were no penalties attached to the legislation, stores were allowed to refuse service to anyone not wearing a mask. As of May 3, Michigan was reporting 43,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 4,000 deaths. In Genesee County, where Flint is located, officials say there have been 1,634 cases and 196 deaths.

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Maalik Mitchell, center left, cries at a vigil for his father, Calvin Munerlyn, on May 3.

“The hostile tone that we’ve seen in recent days on television and social media can permeate our society in ways that we sometimes don’t fully realize or anticipate,” Leyton said on Monday. “These should not be political arguments, they don’t necessitate acts of defiance and we simply cannot devolve into an us-versus-them mentality.”

Munerlyn is survived by Latryna Sims Munerlyn, his wife of 10 years, eight children, and his mother.

“This just can’t be real, my babies need their daddy,” Sims Munerlyn, sobbing, told Flint television station WEYI. “I’m just suffocating. I feel like a knife is in my chest.”

At the press conference Monday, Bryant Nolden, a Genesee County commissioner and director of the Berston Field House, a local gym where Munerlyn often worked out, said he had been a longtime friend.

“This really broke my heart,” Nolden said. “He would come in three or four times a week and he’d train anyone who wanted to be trained for free. We have a senior dance, and he’d come and dance with the seniors.”

On Sunday, friends and family gathered outside the Family Dollar store for a vigil, where they released balloons into the sky and spelled Munerlyn’s nickname, Duper, with candles. They said Munerlyn was a gentle giant who was always willing to help anyone.

“This is not the way to do things right now,” Munerlyn’s cousin, Tina James, told local television station WJRT. “We need to come together.”

“This is senseless — over a mask! Over a mask!” she added. “I don’t understand it.”

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Michigan pilot gives a literal ‘F U’ to governor over coronavirus lockdown – New York Post

May 1, 2020 | 10:40pm | Updated May 1, 2020 | 10:44pm

This frustrated Michigan pilot gives a literal flying you-know-what about his governor’s lock-down order.

Ed Frederick, 45, spent about an hour charting a path over Grand Rapids that spelled out this message for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: “F U,” with an arrow pointing directly over the governor’s mansion.

Frederick said he was inspired to hop in a propeller plane Friday morning after Whitmer announced an extension of the state’s emergency lockdown order through May 28.

“It’s a power trip,” Frederick told The Post.

“The government, no matter Democrats or Republicans, always seem like they’re trying to do something just to prove they’re doing something, without weighing the ramifications.”

Frederick, who lives just outside Grand Rapids, said he owns a small business with his sister, and explained that he believed a lockdown was unnecessary for the entire state, considering the largest concentration of cases were in the southeast region around Detroit.

“That’s been an issue for a lot of people in the rural counties,” he added. “There are 82 counties, but really only four need to be locked down.”

Frederick believes Whitmer, a Democrat, has settled with a “draconian” statewide lockdown because a limited lockdown around the major city wouldn’t sit well with her base.

“[Whitmer] says this is for the safety of Michigan, but I think it’s for the safety of her keeping her votes, because the southeast is highly democratic,” he said.

Frederick said he was still getting by, yet sympathized with “the people walking that precipice, living paycheck-to-paycheck.”

But Whitmer and health experts have argued that state lockdowns help contain the spread of the coronavirus. She noted Thursday that counties of northern and western Michigan have begun seeing cases double within a week’s time.

“We must all continue to be diligent, observe social distancing and limit in-person interactions and services to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Whitmer said in a statement urging residents to “work together.”

“Michigan now has more than 40,000 cases of COVID-19. The virus has killed more Michiganders than we lost during the Vietnam war. Extending this order is vital to the health and safety of every Michigander.”

Frederick’s flight came a day after armed protestors stormed the Michigan statehouse. A licensed gun owner himself, Fredrick said he supported the message but felt protestors should have left their weapons at home because it’s “not painting them in a good light.”

“We have an open carry, but just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean you should do it — it’s sort of like [the virus],” he added.

“I don’t need the government to wipe my tushie every two minutes,” he said. “Let me know what the problems are going to be and let me know what the ramifications are; I’m responsible for myself.”

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Michigan health department shipping condoms and lubricant during stay-at-home orders – WWMT-TV

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