In a video widely shared across the internet, a student from University of California, Riverside removed a “Make America Great Again” hat from another student.
The aggressor, Edith Macias, followed the removal with a profanity-laced rant, attributing the hat to “standing for genocide.”
Daily Mail reports the victim, Matthew Vitale, will be pursuing charges against his assailant.
According to the report, Macias may have committed a felony offense:
Initially, Vitale said he hadn’t planned to press charges against Macias, but that changed when a campus police officer told him her own bizarre video could be evidence of a felony, since it shows her taking the hat directly off of his person.
‘Honestly, this isn’t me trying to get revenge on her,’ Vitale said in an interview with Fox News, revealing his intent to press charges.
‘This is me just trying to say: “Look, behavior like this is not tolerated in this country”,’ he continued.
California law defines second-degree felony robbery as ‘taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear.’ Penalties range from probation to five years in prison.
Vitale says he believes the reaction would have been much different if the parties were switched in the scenario:
‘I very strongly believe that if she had been wearing a Malcom X cap or a pro-abortion cap, and I had snatched it off her head and ran down to student life and turned her in and demanded that she be kept from wearing that hat, I very firmly believe that I would be sitting in jail right now,’ Vitale said in another interview, with the Larry Elder Show.
Here is the video (WARNING: Graphic language):
I’ll be linking he video of what happened after the cops showed up as well! Y’all can watch the whole thing all the way through from my POV!
Posted by Matthew Vitale on Friday, September 29, 2017