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Girl, 9, and five adults arrested at NYC museum for refusing to show COVID vaccine cards

Five adult anti-vax activists were arrested and a nine-year-old girl was detained by the police in New York City after staging a protest against the COVID vaccine mandate at the American Museum of Natural History.

The incident took place on Wednesday, when a half-dozen people attempted to enter the Manhattan museum without showing their vaccine passports in violation of rules, which require every visitor five years and older to show proof of vaccination. 

Jayla was filmed sobbing as she was marched down the steps by two cops, with onlookers filmed heckling and abusing the NYPD officers over her apprehension.  

The protest was documented by a Twitter user describing himself as an ‘independent journalist’ reporting on the anti-mandate movement in New York City. 

A group of anti-vax activists staged a protest at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan on Wednesday, leading to arrests 

A 9-year-old girl named Jayla was escorted out of the museum by police officers, who also arrested her mother 

The child was in tears, and one bystander admonished the police for 'traumatizing' her

The child was in tears, and one bystander admonished the police for ‘traumatizing’ her 

Jayla was not arrested but held by the police. She was filmed by onlookers crying while being led away by cops 

One of the videos showed the adults and child, identified as a nine-year-old girl named Jayla, being escorted out of the museum by uniformed NYPD officers. 

Group of onlookers are heard hurling profanities at the officers as the lead the weeping girl to an awaiting police vehicle.  

Twitter user Luke2Freedom, who recorded the arrests, claimed that the five adults, among them Jayla’s mother, were arrested, while the nine-year-old was held until her parent’s release two hours later. 

As of Friday morning, neither the NYPD not the American Museum of Natural History has not confirmed the incident to DailyMail.com. 

The six anti-mandate activists had made reservations to visit the museum on Wednesday, but were denied entry after failing to produce their COVID vaccine passports.

A beaming Jayla emerged from the police precinct with her mother about two hours later

A beaming Jayla emerged from the police precinct with her mother about two hours later

The girl was greeted by cheering supporters, who praised her as a 'little warrior'

Jayla appeared to be in good spirits upon her release from NYPD custody

The girl was greeted by cheering supporters, who praised her as a ‘little warrior.’ Jayla appeared to be in good spirits upon her release from NYPD custody 

An argument with security and museum officials ensued and quickly escalated, even briefly turning into a shoving match, after one of the women in the group, Joy, was denied access to a bathroom, even after telling staff she was on her period. 

A male protester wearing a shirt emblazoned with the image of Martin Luther King Jr came to Joy’s defense, yelling at the guards: ‘I’ll take on all of you! You’ll have to drag me out.’

The same man later laid down on the floor and presented museum staffers with an ultimatum: either they let him and the group visit the museum, ‘or you call the police. That is the line. There is no negotiating.’ 

NYPD officers were called to the scene and removed the protesters from the museum. 

Video shows the men, women and 9-year-old Jayla being escorted by cops, who are heckled by bystanders and slammed as ‘f***ing cowards.’

One onlooker could be heard in the background telling the police officers that they are ‘traumatizing a little child.’ 

Another video that was shared on Instagram by former American Idol contestant Jimmy Levy showed a smiling Jayla emerging from the 20th Precinct, accompanied by her mother following her release from custody.

The mother and daughter received a hero’s welcome from their cheering supporters, who called the beaming 9-year-old ‘a little warrior.’ 

It is unclear at this time what charges the adult protestors were facing in connection with the museum stunt.  

Since the vaccine mandate went into effect in New York City last year, there has been a string of anti-vaxxer protests involving activists going into businesses without vaccination cards, refusing to leave and, in some cases, getting arrested.

Last week, four people were arrested after taking part in an anti-vax sit-in at an Olive Garden in Times Square. 

In late December, unmasked protesters barged into a Burger King in Brooklyn and were filmed yelling at staffers for refusing to serve them. When they would not leave, police were called to the scene and arrested five people. 

Two weeks earlier, as many as 40 anti-mandate activists were busted on criminal trespass charges after causing a commotions at a Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Queens.  


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