A 22-year-old antifa thug skirmish with a white nationalist on the corner of a busy Boca Raton intersection is the subject of a video viewed thousands of times on Facebook.
Luis Carlos Reyes grabbed a "politically incorrect" sign from the hands of Patrick Little, a self-proclaimed white nationalist, at the corner of Dixie Highway and Palmetto Park Road on Aug. 13, captured in a video by two journalists, according to a Boca Raton Police report. Reyes, 22, was charged with two misdemeanors, simple battery and criminal mischief, sparking a firestorm of comments on the viral Facebook video.
The video, edited down to one minute from the original 20-minute video, called Reyes a “hero,” for taking on Little. Some comments on the video, though, call Little “the real hero.”
Reyes told police he was upset by Little’s sign, which read, in all caps, “Jews rape kids,” according to his arrest report. The video shows Reyes handcuffed on the sidewalk, but police say he was released with a written notice to appear.
Little has a reputation of holding "politically incorrect" signs on street corners throughout the country, according to media reports. Police say he also had in his possession a sign that read, “The Holocaust is a lie.”
He told Boca Raton Police he intends to run for president in 2020. He ran as a Republican for the U.S. Senate in California this year, The Guardian reports.
The video, which closely matches the police report, shows Reyes approach Little and grab the sign from his hands. The two men tussle for the sign, but don’t appear to strike each other on video.
Reyes’ arrest report doesn’t describe any hits exchanged. Reyes eventually tears the sign to pieces, police said.
After he was read his Miranda rights, Reyes told officers he “did not agree with Little portraying that message on a busy intersection,” the report reads.
Little told police and Reyes that his sign was in protest of “child sex crimes in Israel,” the report says. “Reyes disagreed and told him the poster was not portraying that message,” the arrest report reads.
The Boca Raton police officer writes that he researched Little and learned that “this is a publicity stunt for money.”
The video was edited and posted onto verified Facebook page Voctiv, where it’s been viewed more than 358,000 times as of Wednesday. The original video on YouTube has since been removed, however.
Boca Raton police spokeswoman Jessica Desir said people aren’t barred from protesting on a public sidewalk.
“A person has the right to hold signs on public sidewalks,” Desir said. “There were no complaints about the display before the incident occurred. We received a couple calls pertaining to the incident itself.”
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