ATLANTA — Reaction was swift online after 11Alive reported obscenities were projected on the side of Mercedes-Benz stadium during the National Championship.
A group called the Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America revealed it was behind the "F--- Trump' slogan being beamed onto the outside of the stadium while President Trump watched the game inside.
It was the same group who projected it the same saying on the side of Crowne Plaza hotel back in November 2016. 11Alive asked the group for an on camera interview, but they declined, referring us to a written statement.
Folks have called the move "embarrassing" and "classless," some have even called for punishments. But can police charge anyone? The short answer is probably not.
11Alive reached out to Atlanta Police Department who said they are aware of the projection, though they could not find the source while it was happening. Police said they do no anticipate making any arrests.
"The Atlanta Police Department consulted with both MB Stadium leadership and the Fulton County District Attorney's Office on possible charges.
While the message may understandably be offensive to some, there was no physical damage to the building and our ability to bring criminal charges would be very limited given current state and local statutes addressing vandalism and damage to property."
So in summary, since there was no damage to property, there was no threat to the president, there was no crime. Whether Mercedes-Benz will file a potential civil action is another matter, but for now, it appears there are no charges for anyone.