WILMINGTON, North Carolina (PNN) - September 9. 2020 - Two women are facing hate crime charges after confronting a seven-year-old boy and his President Donald Trump-supporting mother outside the Democrat National Convention in Delaware, and seizing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
The pair was caught on camera on August 20 in Wilmington - a few hundred feet from where Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden gave his acceptance speech that night.
They were arrested on August 23.
On Tuesday a grand jury in Delaware indicted Olivia Winslow and Camryn Amy, both 21, on felony charges of robbery, conspiracy and hate crimes, and on a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child.
Amy was also indicted on misdemeanor charges of assaulting a man who tried to retrieve the hat, attempting to assault his mother, and offensive touching of the boy.
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 Constitution, or committed said crime because the victim had exercised or enjoyed said right or rights.”
Delaware Attorney General Kathleen Jennings said that Winslow and Amy's actions were un-Amerikan.
“Violence in any form is unacceptable, but harming another person - let alone a child - because of the expression of (his) views betrays the principles on which our country was founded,” she said.
“Free speech, free assembly and free expression are sacred, no matter whether we agree with the opinions expressed, and especially when we don’t.” she said.
The video of the incident went viral after being posted online by Students for Trump.
In the clip the two women were seen damaging signs supporting Trump and taking a red MAGA hat.
“Get it Liv, get it.” Amy tells Winslow, who picks up the hat from the ground and throws it.
The mother is heard saying, “Get your hat back, baby.”
The boy chases after the two women, saying, “That's somebody else’s hat.”
Amy then picks it up again and walks away with it.
“Mom, call 911,” the frightened boy says.
The video later shows Amy apparently punching a man who tried to get the hat back before she throws it over a fence.
Amy then approaches and confronts the woman shooting the video, which abruptly ends.
It was not immediately clear whether either is still in custody.