Recently a man eating in a Mexican restaurant in Falmouth, Massachusetts, recorded a woman coming up from behind him, slinging hate speech, and knocked his red MAGA hat off his head – while he sat there calmly.
Unfortunately for Rosiane Santos, there were other witnesses to her objectionable behavior: four police officers who were also patronizing the eatery.
Santos (41) is a Brazilian national who lives in Falmouth. She happened to visit the “Casa Vallarta” Mexican restaurant in Falmouth at the same time as Bryton Turner (23) of Mashpee. His apparel angered her into committing a physical assault. In the words of Maxine Waters, she “pushed back.”
Turner told NBC that Santos started “harassing me verbally” from the moment he entered the commercial establishment.
According to Turner, “All I said was, ‘I can wear this hat wherever I want. This is America.'”
Turner became sufficiently put out by her uncivil and antagonistic behavior that he began recording her on his cell phone camera.
In the video, we see Santos behind Turner as he sits facing the camera, apparently seated at a bar. At one point, he said:
“See this right here; this is the problem: ignorant people like this. I’m just trying to sit here and eat a nice meal, and look at this.”
At that moment, Santos came up from behind Turner and pushed his MAGA hat over his eyes while cursing at him. The young man observed, without losing his cool:
“People like that, that’s the problem. That’s the problem with our America these days. People are just ignorant; they want to lash out on people that are educated.”
Witnesses confirmed that Turner had done nothing to warrant the attack from Santos. Bartender Geo Macarao said, “He just walked in and ordered his food.”
The intoxicated woman told police she thought Turner shouldn’t be allowed inside a Mexican restaurant while displaying Donald Trump’s MAGA message. She also brought up The Wall between the southern U.S. and Mexico and vented her hatred toward President Trump about that.
Police arrested her on the spot on two misdemeanor charges – disorderly conduct and simple assault and battery – before handcuffing her and leading her out of the establishment.
As a testament to her conviction, as well as her sobriety, on the way out, Santos hit the man one final time and made to swat at his hat again. Macarao was amazed:
“I couldn’t imagine somebody just coming up and hitting them when there’s cops right here.”
“She just tried to grab my hat in front of four officers. Not smart.”
The police report said Santos was clearly intoxicated with slurred speech. She uttered an expletive to describe how she felt about the man’s support of President Trump.
Officers wrote that the angry, drunken Brazilian woman of questionable legal immigration status “began walking but stopped behind the male wearing the red hat, grabbed his hat and moved it around in a circular motion while violently pushing his head down toward the bar.”
After the incident, Santos said that she regrets her actions but was provoked – by demon liquor as well as the political climate and her personal experience:
“I had a little bit to drink maybe that’s the reason that I couldn’t walk away but being discriminated for so many times in my life; I just had to stand up for myself.”
The Santos played the “poor me” card and neatly dodged all responsibility for her anti-social comportment:
“He’s not a victim. I am the victim. I have been bullied, OK?”
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officers from the department’s Fugitive Operations Team detained Santos the following Tuesday, February 19.
On February 20, Santos pleaded not guilty in Falmouth District Court to charges of assault and battery and disorderly conduct. The drunken belligerent’s bail was set at $40, and she was released.
After releasing Santos from their custody, ICE officials began legal removal proceedings in federal immigration court. Santos is expected to make a court appearance at a future date.
Initial reports indicated that Santos was living in the U.S. illegally. An emailed statement from ICE reported that Santos is an “unlawfully present citizen of Brazil.”
Attorney Katarina Kozakova, who is representing Santos, claims that her client is married to a U.S. citizen and has filed the legal paperwork to get a green card. Kozakova works for Joyce & Associates, with Massachusetts offices in Boston and Hyannis.
Kazakova said that, even though her client has a long history of driving violations since she got her license in 1996, this shouldn’t stop her from attaining legal residency status since she “has never been convicted of anything that would jeopardize a green card” – and she is married to a U.S. citizen and has a green card application pending.
“We filed for a green card in November. It is still pending so she is in an authorized state,” said Kazakova.
Because ICE became involved in this case, Santos’ green card application will be reviewed by an immigration judge rather than U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.