College student charged with grand theft for swiping classmate’s Make America Great Again hat because it represents genocideBy William Martin 11:09 AM November 23, 2017
A college student in California justified her action of grabbing her classmate’s Make America Great Again hat by saying the slogan represents genocide.
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office said that they have charged Edith Macias, who is a student at the University of California Riverside, after she was recorded on video stealing the Make America Great Again hat from Matthew Lawrence Vitale.
Macias has been charged with one count of grand theft.
If convicted, Macias faces up to 1 year in jail.
So far, she has not been arrested.
According to a video that was uploaded to the Internet, Vitale came to the college campus while wearing the signature red Make America Great Again baseball cap.
Macias did not like the fact that Vitale was wearing the hat, which outlines President Donald Trump’s main campaign slogan.
She approached the Vitale and swiped the hat.
Vitale began recording the encounter.
Vitale politely asked for his hat, but Macias refused to hand to back to him.
Macias said that Vitale could not wear a Make America Great Again hat on campus because the slogan calls for genocide and encourages the mass murder of people of color.
Macias stormed into the university’s office and yelled at officials for allowing Vitale to wear such a hat.
She claimed to have the right to steal the hat and burn it because “hats like these promote laws and legislation that literally kill and murder people of color.”
During her rant, Macias said that she hated the United States.
When Macias ignored orders to return the hat, the police were called to the scene and she was escorted out of the office.
After campus police refused to arrest Macias, Vitale pressed charges with the District Attorney’s Office.
Vitale said that he hopes the criminal charge sends a message to everyone out there not violate freedom of speech.