The Created Equal organization stages displays on college campuses to persuade people that abortion is wrong.
Plain and simple.
But something about that message has pushed buttons on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus, where a woman grabbed a sign out of the hands of Created Equal members and walked away with it.
To her dismay, however, she walked right into the arms of a police officer and was arrested for larceny.
Caught red handed, she told the officer: “I was going to give it back.”
Created Equal is a pro-life group that focuses on training students to defend life, using a traveling photo exhibit.
The group noted the video of the theft again features Austin Beigel, a member of its outreach team who was shown being assaulted in a previous video.
“For years, we have documented violence against young members of our team. But perhaps even more shocking than violent outbursts is the incredulity some perpetrators show when held accountable,” the organization explained.
Created Equal President Mark Harrington said students “being groomed on college campuses to be leaders, writers, and thinkers of the Left are increasing in censorship and violence against those with whom they disagree.”
“Their surprise when held accountable indicates college campuses have become safe spaces for pro-abortion violence. Students at UNC and campuses like it are in dire need of remedial First Amendment training.”
The video shows the woman taking the sign and marching off, only to be halted by a police officer.
He asked, “Did you steal their sign?”
“I just moved it.”
She said the sign “restricts women’s rights.”
She gave up the sign and started walking away, but the officer halted her: “You’re not going anywhere.”
When the officer said, “You stole his sign,” she responded, “He has it back!”
The officer then explained she didn’t have the right to take someone’s property. The officer then informed her of the group’s constitutional rights, pointing out that if she didn’t like their message, she could ignore it.
“Why’d you rip it out of his hands?” the officer asked.
“Because this restricts women’s rights,” the woman responds, as she taps the pro-life placard.
Upon further discussion with the officer, the student tried to portray herself as the victim of injustice.
“Do you see us being subjected to this sh**?” she protested.
The officer explained: “This is a public display. They have a right to be here. If you don’t like their speech, you can go away. You don’t have to watch it.”
“They’re here because they want us to watch them,” the student noted.
“OK, but you can ignore them,” said the officer. “If you ignore them, that takes away their power. It’s just that simple.”
The woman, who seemed on the verge of tears, responded: “It doesn’t matter how much you ignore them. They’re gonna come back, and they’re gonna come back again. And this is why women have such a problem getting abortions in North Carolina. And y’all just let them get away with this sh**.”
Told she’s under arrest for larceny, she was incredulous.
“All I did was walk it over here. I was going to give it back to him,” she told the officer. “I cannot believe this is happening. … Is there something else I can do?”
Online comments were not sympathetic to the young lady’s viewpoint:
“I should try the ‘I just moved it’ excuse when ‘moving’ a laptop from the local electronics store.”
“[She] refused to take personal responsibility, and then put her own spin on what happened as if she was a victim. Are students on campuses really this childish?”
“She wanted the government to use force of arms to censor people who hold views different from her own. She’s a little totalitarian!”
“The fact people think theft and bodily harm is acceptable when you disagree with someone’s opinion, belief, or moral compass scares me for this country’s future.”
“Kindergarten covered keeping your hands to yourself … and The Ten Commandments covers stealing and murder … but she can’t believe she was being arrested. 2+2=5”
“The look on her face when he told her she’s under arrest is the same look she had on her face when she woke up and realized Trump was President. Zero notion of personal responsibility. Zero notion that her feelings don’t negate the rights of others. Excellent police work.”