Is it time we made it illegal to burn the National Flag?
Three people were arrested Tuesday for burning an American flag during a May Day protest in an uptown park in Charlotte, North Carolina, police said, Breitbart reports.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said 15 protesters were participating in the event Tuesday evening when three in the group pulled out a flag, poured “ignitable liquid” on it and set it on fire about 6:20 p.m.
Charlotte Fire and CMPD arson detectives responded, leading to the arrest of Landon Rice, 23, VanaMary Isaac, 26, and Dhruv Pathak, 24, officials said, Charlotte Observer reports.
Law Enforcement stated that burning the National Flag is not a crime according to the supreme court, but lighting a fire in the Park is illegal, so they arrested the 3.
Officers allowed the demonstrators to gather and march to the intersection of College and Trade. Police said that when the group reached the 100 block of North College Street, three of the protesters set fire to an American flag. Detectives with Charlotte Fire responded to the scene to conduct an investigation.
Following the incident, Landon Rice, 23, VanaMary Isaac, 26, and Dhruv Pathak, 24, were charged with injury to real property and carelessness with fire.
That’s what led to the arrests of Landon Rice, 23, VanaMary Isaac, 26, and Dhruv Pathak, 24. They were charged with carelessness with fire and injury to real property, the Charlotte Observer reported.
It wasn’t the first time Rice and Pathak have been arrested during protests in Charlotte.
Landon Rice has a history with protesting and breaking the law:
North Carolina court records show Rice, who lives in Charlotte, was found guilty in the past of simple assault and driving while intoxicated. She has also been charged with resisting arrest (charge later dismissed) and impeding traffic. She pleaded guilty to the latter charge and sought prayer for judgment, meaning the court did not enter a final judgment of conviction in the case.
Charlotte TV station WCNC reported the resisting arrest and impeding traffic charges were filed during protests that erupted in the city after a district attorney decided not to press charges against the police officer who shot Keith Lamont Scott during an incident in an apartment community parking lot.
Records show Dhruv Pathak of Charlotte has been charged in the past with impeding traffic, resisting arrest, second degree trespass, disorderly conduct and assault on a government official. All were dismissed except the charge of impeding traffic. He pleaded guilty in that case and sought a prayer for judgment.