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Two Women indicted on Hate Crimes Charges for Stealing Boy’s MAGA Hat

Two Delaware women caught on video stealing a MAGA hat and harassing a young child were indicted for a number of crimes including felony hate crime charges Fox News reported.  The indictment came down on Tuesday in Wilmington.

A Delaware grand jury brought the indictment against Olivia Winslow and Camryn Amy, both 21.  The charges include robbery, conspiracy, child endangerment, assault and attempted assault, as well as felony hate crime charges.  

The two women are seen on the video, filmed on August 20 outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware at the end of the Democratic National Convention, ripping up pro-Trump signs and stealing a Make America Great Again hat.  

One of the women picks up the MAGA hat and refuses to give it to the 7-year-old owner.  The child is heard saying, “That’s somebody else’s hat,” but the two women refuse to return it to the boy.  The boy’s mother then says, “Get your hat back, baby,” as she and her son continue to follow the suspects. The boy then says, “Mom, call 911.” 

A man who had joined the boy and his mother in an effort to retrieve the boy’s property confronts the women over their theft of the hat and one of the suspects is seen punching him.  The video concludes with Amy throwing the boy’s hat over a fence.

MAGA Hat Thieves Face Federal Hate Crime Charges

Video of the incident went viral across the internet and was even shared by Donald Trump, Jr., son of the president.  The video is about 2 and half minutes in length. Wilmington Police identified the two women in the video and quickly arrested them.  The ubiquitous nature of cell phones and their ability to quickly and easily take photos and video has made the identification of criminal activity and suspects a much simpler task than in the past. 

The incident happened after Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had made his acceptance speech at the climax of the convention.  Part of the Democratic National Convention was held in Wilmington as both major parties’ conventions were affected by the coronavirus pandemic, forcing most of the normal convention activities to be held virtually.

According to the Independent (UK) the indictment accuses the women of committing the crimes, “for the purpose of interfering with the victim’s free exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege or immunity protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, or committed said crime because the victim had exercised or enjoyed said right or rights.”

Delaware Attorney General Kathleen Jennings, a Democrat, said when announcing the indictment, “Violence in any form is unacceptable, but harming another person – let alone a child – because of the expression of their views betrays the principles on which our country was founded.  Free speech, free assembly, and free expression are sacred, no matter whether we agree with the opinions expressed, and especially when we don’t.”

If convicted on all counts the two women could face up to 15 years in prison.  They are currently out on bail pending their arraignment. Apparently, neither woman has yet retained legal counsel. 

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