The city saga has played out on social media from the morning a man dressed in what a witness said appeared to be Los Angeles City construction gear, including a hard hat and reflective vest, and carrying a sledgehammer and a pickax strode down the star-studded sidewalk and stopped at 6800 Hollywood Boulevard – the site of Donald Trump star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The witness, Dominic Patten, told police the man, “suddenly picked up the sledgehammer and started smashing the bejeezus out of the Trump star. Then he took the pickax and was trying to pry one of the points of the star.”

“Shrapnel was flying everywhere,” Patten said.

As people gathered, the destruction continued.

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When police caught up with Jamie Otis – the 52-year-old heir to the Otis Elevator company – he explained that his deliberate and premeditated physical destruction of public property with a sledgehammer was a “non-violent” expression of free speech.

He claimed he staked out the site for six weeks to plan his move and was attempting to chip enough of the star away to auction it off to give to the women who had been the “victims of violence by Trump.”

Otis was charged with felony vandalism – the star is the property of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce – carrying a fine of up to $10,000 and up to three years in prison.

But the real story began when a homeless woman set out to protect the site of the damaged star until it could be repaired or replaced.

The unidentified African-American woman sat peacefully and quietly on the sidewalk holding a pro-Trump sign referencing the plight of the homeless “20 Million Illegals and Americans Sleep on the Streets in Tents. Vote Trump.”

What of her right to free speech?

Videotape showed her being harassed, verbally abused, cursed at and, eventually, assaulted and shoved down to the pavement.

Some onlookers considered calling 911, while others watched as she lie on the ground and still others torn her sign up and yelled at her.

LAPD have taken a report of the incident – but the homeless woman disappeared.

Now, Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, is looking for her with a message from the Republican candidate.

Cohen says his client, in the final days of a tightening race for the presidency, wants to thank her – and has a gift for her that will insure that “she has the laugh on these thugs.”

The vignette is a lesson in how some Hillary supporters view the rights of anyone who dares disagree with them.

 

 

 

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