Weeks after a viral video depicted an apparent attack on a group of Trump supporters — including a 7-year-old boy — outside of the Democratic National Convention, two women are facing serious criminal charges.
As reported by the Daily Caller, prosecutors handling the case against the suspects in the alleged assault are pursuing it as a hate crime.
“His name is Riley”
Although public disputes and altercations have unfortunately become commonplace on the nation’s streets, this incident struck many as particularly reprehensible because of the young child apparently victimized.
After his Trump campaign hat was allegedly stolen, his mother said the women punched her. Benny Johnson of Turning Points USA was among those who tweeted a clip of the incident.
Moments ago outside of the DNC convention, Joe Biden supporters attacked a 7 year-old boy.
He was attacked simply because he wore a @realDonaldTrump hat.
His name is Riley.
Watch it happen.
Listen to him cry.
Will Joe condemn this violence against Children?
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 21, 2020
The suspects were subsequently identified as Camryn Amy and Olivia Winslow, both of whom are 21 years old. They were each indicted on charges including robbery, assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.
If convicted of all the charges against them, the two women could face as much as 15 years behind bars. Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings defended the tough approach.
“Betrays the principles”
“Harming another person — let alone a child — because of the expression of their views betrays the principles on which our country was founded,” she wrote.
An indictment in the case provided a clear denouncement of the criminal acts Amy and Winslow are accused of committing, as reported by the New York Post.
Prosecutors believe their behavior qualified as a hate crime under state law and was carried out “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.”
In his tweet, Johnson mentioned Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who had been delivering his convention address a short distance from the scene of the alleged crime, asking if the former vice president would “condemn this violence” against a child.
Many outraged Americans are likely asking themselves the same thing.