Atsu Mable, a Black, legal immigrant from Togo was attacked for wearing a “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) hat on Saturday in Germantown, Maryland. Police arrested two people: Jovan Crawford, 27, and Scott Roberson, 25.
“They were asking me, ‘Hey bro, why did you put that hat on?’ And I didn’t say anything, I just passed by…
All of a sudden, I got a punch on my head. Boom! They took my headphones and smashed it to the ground and tried to take my phone.” Atsu Mable to ABC7
Meanwhile a bystander witnessed the assault and called police.
“I was falling back onto the ground. They were punching me on my head. Suddenly I thank God for that bystander that came by and called the police.”
MORE: MoCo ? have arrested 27yo Jovan Crawford of Gaithersburg, Md. and 25yo Scott Roberson of NW DC for the politically motivated assault. They each face 10+ years in prison.— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) April 15, 2019
The victim says he forgives his attackers, but hopes they become more tolerant of opposing viewpoints. pic.twitter.com/gYA0zKt0nF
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reported,
On April 13, the victim was walking in the area of the 18000 block of Cottage Garden Drive in Germantown. The victim, who was wearing a red, Make America Great Again hat, was approached by two men who began harassing the victim and asking why he was wearing the MAGA hat. The victim told the suspects that he was entitled to his own views and kept walking away from the suspects. The suspects began striking the victim and telling him to take the hat off. The victim continued to be struck by the suspects until he fell to the ground. The suspects then removed property from the victim, and destroyed items of value. The suspects then fled the scene.
Officers from the 5th District responded to the area to assist the victim and search for the suspects. Officers spotted the two suspects attempting to hide among a group of children playing basketball. The suspects were taken into custody and transported to the Central Processing Unit where they were charged accordingly.
The “tolerant left” at work, I see. And smart too, trying to hide amid a bunch of children playing basketball. Good thinking (sarcasm).
For his part, Mable says he will continue to wear his MAGA hat (he owns two of them).
ABC7 (WJLA) noted,
Mable, who is Catholic, explains he has already forgiven his alleged attackers, but does hope they become more accepting of people with opposing viewpoints. As for his MAGA hats (he owns two) Mable says he will continue to wear them in public.
“They felt like a black man should not be wearing a Trump hat because it’s like when you are black, you have to be a Democrat,” said Mable, who has a laceration of his nose and lingering pain in his jaw. “I’ll wear it again. The movement is still going on, Trump is still in power and in 2020 we will win again.”
Jovan Crawford was charged with Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Attempt Theft $100 to Under $1500, 2nd Degree Assault, and Malicious Destruction of Property / Value Less than $1000.
Scott Roberson was charged with Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Attempt Theft $100 to Under $1500, and 2nd Degree Assault.
MAGA hat wearers are being attacked regularly across the nation. The victim in this incident told reporters that he hoped the two would “become more tolerant of opposing viewpoints.”