Tim Pool Donates To Rainbow Burnout Legal Defense

Prominent social media figure Tim Pool has thrust himself into the spotlight by donating $10,000 to the legal defense fund of Dylan Brewer, a 19-year-old Florida man facing felony charges for his actions at an intersection adorned with LGBT pride colors.

Brewer’s escapade, captured on surveillance footage, depicts him “intentionally performing multiple burnouts with his vehicle over the LGBTQ pride crosswalk,” according to the Delray Beach Police Department. The incident on February 4 resulted in significant damage to the streetscape painting, described as a “symbol of unity and inclusivity for the LGBTQ community.”

City officials wasted no time in labeling Brewer’s actions as a hate crime. Palm Beach County Human Rights Council (PBCHRC) President Rand Hoch spoke out against Brewer and demanded an aggressive prosecution. “There needs to be consequences so people know if they commit crimes like this, they are going to jail,” he said.

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time the LGBT pride-painted intersection has been targeted. A similar incident occurred shortly after the mural’s unveiling just last year. Alexander Jerich, involved in a “President Trump Birthday Rally,” used his pickup truck to deface the artwork, resulting in criminal mischief and reckless driving charges.

The parallels between these incidents and other acts of vandalism targeting symbols of unity are striking. In 2022, a rainbow-design crosswalk in Atlanta was defaced with swastikas, while during the height of Black Lives Matter protests, a mural outside Trump Tower in Manhattan faced repeated vandalism.

Critics of Brewer’s actions argue that they go beyond mere recklessness, constituting a targeted attack on a marginalized community. The PBCHRC has framed the vandalism as an assault on fundamental American values, advocating for both Brewer’s legal defense and the broader principles of freedom of expression and a fair trial.

With Brewer now facing felony charges of criminal mischief and reckless driving, the legal battle promises to be contentious. Despite his surrender to authorities, the debate surrounding his actions and their alleged offense to LGBT rights and the implication for hate crime legislation is far from over.

As Brewer navigates the legal system, the broader conversation sparked by his actions raises important questions about the boundaries of free expression and the responsibility individuals bear for their conduct.