“It’s a very small expression of resistance to wear a hat”

A man who only identified himself as “Bijan” sat down inside the council chambers wearing the Starter-style snapback cap, embroidered with the slogan in the same font on NWA Raiders hats that they used for publicity shots. “We noticed Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas, the Mayor and City Manager looking at us,” says Angel Juarez, a member of CopWatch Santa Ana. “They asked Bijan to remove his hat under threat of stopping or delaying the meeting.” He didn’t.

Why? “Because it’s what I believe,” Bijan tells the Weekly.

Before public comments even had the chance to start, an angry Mayor Miguel Pulido announced that everyone needed to leave. He ordered that the television cameras not be turned on to broadcast the meeting, saying, “We find the gentleman in the hat offensive.”

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