A Florida woman was charged with criminal mischief Tuesday after ripping apart a satanic display in the state’s Capitol.
Susan Hemeryck, 54, entered the Capitol at 11:23 a.m. and told a police officer that “she was sorry and had to take the Satanic display.” When she was ordered not to remove the fallen-angel display from its table, Hemeryck “reached forward and began to rip apart the display,” according to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement probable-cause affidavit.
The first-floor display is set up in the middle of the Capitol hallway leading toward the offices of Attorney General Pam Bondi and Gov. Rick Scott, feet from a post where police work at metal detectors.
“It’s just wrong, when you remove baby Jesus two days before Christmas and put Satan in his place — that just can’t happen. I couldn’t allow it to happen,” Hemeryck, who was wearing a shirt that said “Catholic Warrior” when she arrived at the Capitol, told the Associated Press
“I was there at the right time and the right moment and I needed to take a stand against Satan.”
The criminal mischief charge is a second-degree misdemeanor. The FDLE valued the diorama at less than $200.
Hemeryck said she has no criminal record and hasn’t even had a speeding ticket in more than 15 years. And she had only one regret about Tuesday’s incident.
“I just yanked that little devil off the fishing line,” she said. “I should have just done a better job and finished it off for good.”
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