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Cop Puts Woman in Handcuffs After She Steals Pro-Life Sign: 'I Can't Believe This is Happening'

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A student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill went viral for all the wrong reasons after she was arrested on camera for stealing the sign of pro-life activists.

The unidentified student in the video, which was published to YouTube in May 2019 and occurred in April, can be seen snatching a sign from protesters that said: “Warning: Abortion Victim Photos Ahead.”

The young woman can be seen leaving with the sign as the activists pursue her. Also in pursuit: the police.

When the young woman was confronted by a police officer, who asked if she had stolen the protesters’ sign, she claimed she had “just moved it.”

“Well, you took it,” the police officer said.

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When asked why she did it, she smiled, tapped the sign and said, “Because — this restricts women’s rights.”

“He’s promoting lies on college campus,” she continued.

The flippancy ended when it became clear she wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

“I can’t believe y’all protect them,” she told the officer.

Warning: The Video Below Contains Language That Some Viewers May Find Offensive. Viewer Discretion Is Advised.

This is an interesting position. Recently I was reporting — in a different context, of course — on a quote from Sen. Kamala Harris, 2020 Democrat presidential candidate and perfervid abortion advocate.

“Let me just be very clear about this,” she said in response to a question about illegal immigrants being covered under “Medicare for All.”

“I am opposed to any policy that would deny in our country any human being from access to public safety, public education or public health,” she added.

I’m sure Harris would decline to stick up for this student’s behavior, but I can also guarantee a hefty percentage of her supporters feel the same way this student does: Pro-life protesters don’t deserve access to public safety.

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I don’t doubt there would be people who cheer her on despite the fact that she stole someone else’s property and openly admitted to doing the same, yet openly wondered why the officer arrested her.

The pro-life group in question, Created Equal, also had one of its members assaulted on the UNC campus in April, another incident that made national news.

Jillian Ward, a self-identified feminist and aspiring journalist, was cited for misdemeanor assault in the attack, which was also caught on video.

“F—ing terrible person,” Ward yells on the video. “You’re a terrible person. You — this is not OK. This is not okay. This is not OK. Shut the f— up right now. This is wrong. This is triggering. You’re not an innocent human being. You’re a terrible person.”

Warning: The Video Below Contains Language That Some Viewers May Find Offensive. Viewer Discretion Is Advised.

In that case, Ward wasn’t taken into custody, just cited and let go.

In this case, well, not so much. As you can see, she got hauled in. I don’t usually give into schadenfreude, but the look on her face when the cop tells her to put her hands behind her back is priceless.

You can see that she clearly didn’t think she would be arrested for stealing a sign — and, in fact, she can be heard saying: “I cannot believe this is happening. Is there something else that I can do?”

“No,” the officer responded, before calmly placing handcuffs on her.

Do you think this student should have been arrested?

One hopes this is representative of the university’s policy going forward. After all, Harris was right, in a way: No individual ought to be denied the right to public safety, no matter what their opinion.

“College students who interfere with our First Amendment rights by assaulting us or stealing our signs are not the victims,” Mark Harrington, president of Created Equal, told Fox News.

“Universities are failing to educate students on the basic American ideal of freedom of speech.”

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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