Montgomery County police collared Jovan Crawford, 27, and Scott Duncan Roberson, 25, for allegedly pummeling Togo native Atsu Mable over his Trump cap, in response to cops and native media.
Mable was going for a stroll April 13 when the pair accosted him and demanded to know why he was sporting the marketing campaign gear, cops mentioned.
“They have been asking me, ‘Hey bro, why did you set that hat on?’ And I didn’t say something, I simply handed by,” Mable informed WJLA-TV.
Then the duo “started placing the sufferer and telling him to take the hat off” and beat him “till he fell to the bottom,” police mentioned in a press launch.
“They felt like a black man shouldn’t be carrying a Trump hat as a result of it’s like when you’re black, you need to be a Democrat,” Mable mentioned. “I’ll put on it once more.”
Crawford and Roberson, who’re additionally black, allegedly smashed a pair of Mable’s headphones and tried to steal his cellphone, Mable mentioned.
They ran when Samaritan known as police — and have been discovered making an attempt to cover amongst kids taking part in on a basketball courtroom, police mentioned.
They each face fees of theft, conspiracy to commit theft, assault, and theft, in response to officers. Crawford was additionally hit with one rely of malicious destruction of property.
Mable mentioned he immigrated to the US in 2007, realized English, and have become a citizen on Valentine’s Day 2013.
He didn’t register a celebration affiliation till 2016, when Trump impressed him to change into a Republican.
“I like every thing that he does” Mable mentioned of the president. “Like, I got here right here legally, “Why can’t all folks come right here legally then? I went via the suitable course of, the correct channels and I’m right here, so why can’t they do the identical factor?”