• A Man Burned The Flag And Got Arrested for ‘His Own Safety’

    July 16, 2016

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America

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    A guy who wasn’t feeling the patriotism decided to burn an American flag and tell the world about it on Facebook — only to get arrested the next day after neighbors complained.


    Bryton Mellott, 22-years-old, of Urbana, Illinois, was taken into custody after police received calls about his Facebook posts, which included a picture of him setting the Stars and Stripes on fire (above) and a message explaining that he was “not proud to be an American. In this moment, being proud of my country is to ignore the atrocities committed against people of color, people living in poverty, people who identify as women, and against my own queer community on a daily basis.”


    Despite a very clear 1989 Supreme Court ruling (Texas v. Johnson) affirming that flag burning is a form of political speech fully protected by the First Amendment, cops charged Mellott under Illinois’ flag desecration statute, a law written years before the Supreme Court ruling and which is now unconstitutional.

    Sergeant Andrew Charles of the Urbana Police Department said his town had never charged anyone under that law in 27 years, but that police proceeded with the arrest out of an attempt to “balance civil liberties with issues of safety.”

    He never explained what safety was involved, how any safety issues might have been resolved by the arrest or why no one in Urbana has kept up with the Constitution, which is online.

    The state’s attorney assigned to the case immediately decided not to proceed with a prosecution. No penalties for the cops, however!



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  • Recent Comments

    • rich bauer said...

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      If Trump is elected, Mexico WILL build a wall to keep out the Stupidity that has infected Amerika.

      07/16/16 8:53 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      “We came, we saw, he died (cackle)” Killary/2016

      07/16/16 2:13 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      2 outta 3 ain’t bad –
      FLAG DISPOSAL:
      1. The flag should be folded in its customary manner.
      2. It is important that the fire be fairly large and of sufficient intensity to ensure complete burning of the flag.
      3. Place the flag on the fire.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOi7J4Rl-j8
      BOFF The pigs!

      07/16/16 10:06 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Hmmm/…too bad he didn’t burn the entire Obama admin in effigy. Hanging upside down from fake lamp posts.

      Damn..that gives me an idea. Wallstreet..in effigy. CIA..in effigy. NSA.. in effigy. DOJ..in effigy. FBI..in effigy..Police state.. in effigy. Free speech eh? They’d throw the key away.

      Meanwhile, those same scum sucking criminals are the same ones who this author is writing about..

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristen-breitweiser/29-pages-revealed-corrupt_b_11033068.html

      Burning the US flag is a massive understatement.

      07/17/16 7:29 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Flagburner: “I would like to one day feel a sense of pride toward my nationality again. But too little progress has been made. Too many people still suffer at the hands of politicians influenced by special interests. too many people are still being killed and brutalized by a police force plagued with authority complexes and racism. Too many people are allowed to be slaughtered for the sale of gun manufacturer profits. Too many Americans hold hate in their hearts in the name of their religion, and for fear of others. …. I do not have pride in my country. I am overwhelmingly ashamed, and I will demonstrate my feelings accordingly.”

      Is Baton Rouge burning?

      07/17/16 11:47 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Wanna bet this guy just got placed on the No Fly List?

      Speaking of false pride, the CIA does it again:

      http://www.timesofisrael.com/kerry-says-no-one-saw-turkey-coup-bid-coming/

      07/17/16 11:54 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Actually he was working for Consumer Reports testing the fire retardant application used in that specific brand. Guess it failed badly.

      MSM is trying to education us as to a lone wolf with mental gets quickly radicalized quickly (the Nice mow down)

      A good case study would be how Bush after 9/11 was quickly radicalized by his resident imam Cheney who said invading Iraq was a sure way for Bush to restore his manhood. Creeps like Cofer Black was co imams. Mystery solved. Manhood issues? You bet! Nothing new there of course.

      07/17/16 1:02 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      07/18/16 7:33 AM | Comment Link

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