This story was breaking news, front page news, when it was believed to be a hate crime. The story as it is now, probably barely qualifies for page 16 and certainly isn't going to be talked about by the likes of Maddow. The end result is that many millions of people in this country still believe this was a hate crime, by Trump supporters, and it just one fake story among many in their brain contributing to their Trump Derangement Syndrome.
"The symbol, which appears to be the “OK” hand gesture, has a complicated background. It never had any white power connections until 2017, when a few members of the alt-right started a hoax to trick people into thinking that it did. The purpose was for anyone who made that innocuous gesture to be accused of racism. It’s a form of internet trolling, but the white power movement ended up co-opting the gesture and using it to actually symbolize white power."
No no no no. The symbol has never been co-opted back by the white power movement. The gesture they do doesn't look the same and uses both hands. This is part of the "made you look" game that people play all the time. I started reading the above paragraph and thought "yes, a journalist who does their research". Only to be disappointed again.