Man Wearing ‘MAGA’ Hat Slashes The Hand Of Rollerskater In San Francisco
Police are searching for a man who slashed the hand of another individual on Friday evening outside the Church of 8 Wheels, a popular rollerskating rink in San Francisco, California.
Reporting from the San Francisco Chronicle detailed how a man in a red “Make America Great Again” hat, a piece of headwear that supporters of President Donald Trump commonly wear, approached another man as he was leaving the skating rink. A verbal altercation occurred between the two, during which the victim reportedly knocked the hat off the assailant’s head.
That’s when the hat-wearing perpetrator pulled out a sword and slashed the victim’s hand. Police responded to the scene of the crime around 9:50 p.m. on Friday. By that point, the MAGA-hat wearing man had fled on foot.
Police are reviewing security camera footage, as well as speaking to witnesses in the area, to see if anyone got a good look at the man.
A witness said they saw the individual about 30 minutes before the altercation took place, and even interacted with him. The man had been shouting homophobic slurs toward the witness, he said.
“In my mind I didn’t think it was a real sword until we came out later and police were on the scene and there was blood and the hat on ground,” witness Scott Sweeney recalled.
David Miles, the founder of the skating rink where the incident occurred, shared a Facebook video on Saturday describing the altercation, and showing viewers blood stains on the sidewalk outside of his business.
Miles described the scene to the Chronicle as well. “I came outside. The guy was cut, he was bleeding like you wouldn’t believe,” he said.
Some have come to view the MAGA hat as a symbol of hate. As Jennifer Wright, writing in Harper’s Bazaar, noted, the object has come to mean as much because of repeated actions of violence among those who wear it.
“Do you know why people think MAGA hats are a symbol of hatred? Because people wearing them keep doing hateful things,” Wright wrote in an opinion piece in January, citing the actions of attempted pipe bomber Cesar Sayoc, who proudly wore a MAGA hate. She also pointed out that many of the neo-Nazis at the “Unite the Right” white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 were wearing the hats.