KING 5 News in Seattle reports today that a man has admitted to vandalizing a car because of the “hate symbol” displayed on it — a Donald Trump bumper sticker. However, Riley Siva pleaded not guilty this morning to a charge of malicious mischief, despite confessing to police at the scene of the crime.

Drew Mikkelsen reports that Siva told police he considered the Trump sticker on the bumper of a Ford Focus in Gig Harbor a hate symbol, and he was “improving the community” by slashing the car’s tires and pouring yogurt into the sunroof, causing an estimated $5,000 in damage.

Police say that Siva provided a written statement in which he claimed, “I do not expect the law to recognize damage to tools of hate or racism, such things need to be destroyed so good people may remain and become free.” The vandalism didn’t leave the car’s owner feeling very free — he says he still supports Trump but removed the bumper sticker because he shares the vehicle with his wife “and I don’t want to put her in any danger.”

Siva returns to court in May. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to serve a semester at Emory University and made to write “Emory stands for free expression” in sidewalk chalk 1,000 times.

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