Trio Arrested For Burning Flag

A nice find and post from Iowa Voice. 

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At least that’s what the headline of the NYTimes would have you believe. Reading the article, however, tells you a different story:

Three Yale University students were arrested early Tuesday morning for burning an American flag on a pole attached to a house in New Haven, the Yale Daily News reported today.

The three men, all of foreign origin, were charged with offenses ranging from reckless endangerment to arson and were held in jail Tuesday night after a judge refused to release them without bail.

According to the newspaper, the New Haven police said the men — two freshmen and a senior — first attracted police attention at about 3 a.m. Tuesday when they asked two offcers for directions back to their residence. They were identified as Said Hyder Akbar, 23, Nikolaos Angelopoulos, 19, and Farhad Anklesaria, also 19.

The two officers returned to the neighborhood shortly afterward and found the flag burning in front of a house. One officer pulled down the flag to keep the fire from spreading and the other tracked down the three men. The police said the men admitted to starting the blaze, the newspaper reported.

Look, their intention may have been to simply burn the American flag, but their actions were arson, at the very least. If the police hadn’t come along, that fire could have spread to the house proper, maybe burning it to the ground and killing everyone inside. Nice try by the press to make this a first amendment issue, though.

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