Police in North Carolina Arrest OWS Protesters for Burning Flag, Call it ‘Being Careless with Fire’

Posted on January 1, 2012


Occupy Wall Street protesters still exist outside of NYC, and this time they’re busy burning flags in Charlotte, N.C. – and getting arrested for it.

Although burning the American flag is legal, being “careless with fire” is a misdemeanor in Charlotte, according to WBTV.

Police arrested four protesters who are accused of burning two flags. While that might sound excessive, it’s possible that police thought the protesters were using a human microphone version of lighting a match.

From the WBTV article:

Officers said they noticed the suspects lighting something on fire directly in front of the Occupy camp along Trade Street around 12:30 a.m. Friday morning.

Police swarmed the area, and detained the men while firefighters were called in to knock down the flames. About $30 worth of damage was caused to landscaping at the site.

It was only after the fire was out did officials figure out what was burning, the American flag…

Police officers told WBTV the protesters gave them a verbal tongue-lashing while being detained, calling then fascists, as well as using other colorful words.

Crime Scene Investigators collected the remains of the flag, and placed it into evidence. A cigarette lighter was also confiscated.