Burning the American flag
POSTED: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 9:39am
UPDATED: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 11:19am
TYLER — CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged four men with arson and setting fire to woods in the area of tents that previously housed members of the local Occupy movement.
A police report says the men caused the fire by burning two American flags. Charged were 28-year-old Jason Bargert; 23-year-old Michael Behrle; 20-year-old Stephen Morris; and 19-year-old Alex Tyler.
The Associated Press couldn't determine Friday evening if the men have attorneys.
Bargert has been listed on Occupy Charlotte press releases as a spokesman for the group. But Occupy Charlotte released a statement to WCNC-TV (http://bit.ly/uSggrX ) saying the group is no long affiliated with the camp where the fire broke out. It also says the burning of the flag doesn't reflect its members or its message.
Do East Texans think it should be illegal to burn the American flag?