Monique Craft is one of three Pittsburgh Black Lives Matter protestors who are facing charges after cops identified them as the angry individuals seen in viral videos cursing White diners at a restaurant over Labor Day weekend and, in one case, drinking one diner’s beer, according to reports.
Misdemeanor charges were filed against Monique Craft, 35, Kenneth McDowell, 33, and Shawn Green, 24, on Monday. It’s unclear whether they’ve been taken into custody.
Monique Craft Goes Viral After
The alleged incident happened two weeks ago on Labor Day during a protest march in the city’s downtown outside a restaurant, identified as Sienna Mercato.
It drew the ire of President Donald Trump, who called the protesters Joe Biden voters and ‘anarchists’ in a flurry of tweets on September 8.
The craft was dubbed the ‘beer bandit’ after being seen swiping a drink from an elderly white couple and downing it in front of them before another protester knocked the glass to the ground.
A viral video showed the trio and other protesters screaming ‘f*** the white people’ and yelling other obscenities at diners outside the Sienna Mercato restaurant on Penn Avenue.
One of the videos shows Craft, in a T-shirt that said “Nazi Lives Don’t Matter,” walking up to an outdoor table where an older White couple was dining.
Monique Craft Under Investigation
Craft, 35, who identifies as nonbinary, Craft has been charged with disorderly conduct, conspiracy, and theft by unlawful taking after allegedly admitting to chugging the couple’s beer.
The paper quoted Craft as saying the videos only show one side of the story and that she was offered the beer.
The complaint said he swore at the White couple at Sienna Mercato and gave them the middle finger.
Craft has a November court date to answer the charges.
What does Monique Craft say?
Craft, who identifies as nonbinary, sought to explain the scenes in an interview with the Post-Gazette.
“Even though people [at the restaurant] saw that whole thing, they still saw me as an aggressor”, Craft said.
Craft said the altercation was sparked when protesters marched through the area and three men shouted: “Blue lives matter”.
It’s unclear if these men were diners or pedestrians in the area. When protesters approached the group, one man reportedly swung at people.
Craft said that one man grabbed Craft’s hair and placed a hand on Craft’s chest, saying he was trying to stop a confrontation from happening.
Videos of the incident have been viewed millions of times on Facebook and Twitter.