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A Florida man faces felony charges for the supposed crime of purposefully performing a burnout on a taxpayer-funded gay pride street mural in Delray Beach last Monday.
While reportedly participating in a birthday rally for former President Donald Trump, Florida resident Alexander Jerich, 20, drove his pickup truck over the mural and then performed a burnout.
A burnout is a maneuver in which a driver keeps their car stationary but spins the wheels, causing their vehicle’s tires to produce smoke from the friction of the rubber spinning on pavement.
In this case, Jerich’s burnout also created a black streak that marred the mural.
WATCH: A man was arrested after he was caught on camera doing what appeared to be an intentional “burnout” with his vehicle over the LGBTQ pride crosswalk in Delray Beach, causing significant damage to the streetscape painting. Read more: https://t.co/yuBY86LOXR pic.twitter.com/PrmKmOJjKS
— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) June 18, 2021
The evidence against Jerich includes both the video above and eyewitness reports.
“According to the arrest report, a witness told police that particular intersection happened to be along the parade route for Trump supporters. The witness said he was two cars in front of the suspect when he heard another man yell something like, ‘Adam, tear up that gay intersection,'” local station WTVX reported.
“The witness described the driver of the Chevy pickup truck as a man in his twenties with blonde shoulder-length hair with curls. The witness said the truck had a blue Trump flag on the tailgate.”
Using the video footage above, authorities were able to trace Jerich by his license plate number, after which they reportedly spoke with him and he then voluntarily turned himself in.
But local left-wing activists were not satisfied. They began demanding that local Republicans apologize for Jerich’s actions.
“The Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee bears some of the responsibility for the damage done to the Deltay Beach LGBTQ Pride Intersection,” Palm Beach County Human Rights Council president Rand Hock reportedly said in a statement.
“The local party must denounce his hateful crimes committed by Alexander Jerich and apologize to both the LGBTQ community and the City of Delray Beach.”
Hock offered no explanation for why Republicans owe the gay community an apology.
He also issued another statement demanding that local authorities apply certain specific charges to Jerich.
“PBCHRC has requested the charges include defacing a memorial — a recently enacted law which would require this crime to be treated as a felony. If convicted of this offense, the perpetrator would be responsible for reimbursing the City of Delray Beach for the cost of repairing the damages in addition the severe penalties for committing a felony,” he said.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by the Washington Examiner, it appears the authorities acquiesced to their demands and hit Jerich with criminal mischief, reckless driving and evidence of prejudice charges, the latter of which reportedly made the offenses felonies.
BUSTED AND JAILED! Thank you Delray Beach Police Department for arresting Alexander Jerich and charging him with…
That he was hit with felonies instead of just misdemeanors raised concerns about the uneven application of the law. As it stands, it’s not even a crime, let alone a misdemeanor or felony, to desecrate an American flag. Plus, it was not too long ago when desecrating monuments and statues was considered fashionable.
Read some of the concerns below:
So basically burning your tires out on an American flag would be a misdemeanor then, but doing it on a pride flag or any other approved flags, that’s a felony? Kind of like rioting while conservative is a felony but rioting while liberal is nothing
— Leo Izmir (@_LeoIzmir) June 19, 2021
…so we’re just tossing “felonies” around all willy-nilly?
— HispanoChucky (@HispanoChucky) June 19, 2021
It seems no one knows what actual crimes (felonies, misdemeanors) were committed. What were they?
— Aesop_Disciple (@DiscipleAesop) June 19, 2021
Felony for a burnout?
— rafael torrens iii (@Rafael_T) June 18, 2021
Burning the flag is a constitutional right
I don’t see any difference burning out on pride flags
— Seth 🌋 (@Seth58six) June 19, 2021
I’m sure the crosswalk is insured. Isn’t tearing down monuments a good thing?
— Dr. Rupert, He Who Is Owned Only By The Land🌲 (@RupertVonRipp) June 20, 2021
The mural, formally known as the LGBTQ Pride Streetscape, is a permanent fixture that was unveiled on June 12th after the Delray Beach City Commission unanimously agreed in May to reportedly spend $16,000 in taxpayer funds to create it.
On Tuesday night, the Delray Beach City Commission presented the design for a permanent LGBTQ Pride Streetscape to be installed in the intersection of NE 2nd Avenue and NE 1st Street in Pineapple Grove. 🙌🏻🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/qAuBJ1w7VH
— ꧁𝑻𝒓𝒊𝒑𝒍𝒆𝑳𝒊𝒑𝒔꧂ (@BLONDIE_007_) June 7, 2021
St. Petersburg reportedly also boasts its own LGBT Pride streetscape. In fact, according to South Florida Gay News, the commission in Delray Beach City was compelled to action by St. Petersburg’s commission beating them to the virtue-signaling punch.
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