Cops Tackle, Arrest Trans Woman Lighting Blue Line Flag On Fire At Pride Parade

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Philadelphia police arrested Ryan Segin after she began dousing a flag with lighter fluid in the middle of a crowd.

Philadelphia, PA – A transgender woman was tackled by cops as she was trying to light a Thin Blue Line flag on fire in the middle of Philadelphia’s PRIDE celebration on Sunday.

Police arrested 18-year-old Ryan Segin at about 12:10 p.m. on June 10 when she pulled out a container of lighter fluid in the middle of a crowd watching the PRIDE parade.

The Philadelphia Inquirer explained that while flag burning itself is not illegal, Segin tried to douse the flag in fuel in the midst of a crowd of people, creating a very dangerous situation.

"It's not an issue with the flag, the issue is being in a crowd of people and trying to pour lighter fluid on it," a Philadelphia police spokesman said, according to NJ Advance Media. "It has nothing to do with the flag. It could have been paper."

The Thin Blue Line flag is considered a sign of respect for fallen police officers, and represents the role law enforcement serves, standing between law-abiding citizens and criminals.

Thirty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that burning an American flag is considered free speech and is not illegal.

However, if it’s done in a manner that risks harm to other people, it becomes illegal, according to Mary Catherine Roper, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.

"Burning something in the middle of the crowd, she can be charged with endangering," Roper told NJ Advance Media. "The First Amendment doesn't protect her if she's creating a dangerous situation."

Roper explained that protesters like to burn flags at crowded events because the point is to be seen. However, they sometimes announce they're going to burn the flag and create a space to do it in to make sure that nobody gets injured by their antics, she said and cited an example from the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

She also pointed out there are flag desecration laws in Pennsylvania, but Segin had not been charged with violating those, NJ Advance Media reported.

Police charged Segin with attempt to commit arson, risking a catastrophe, recklessly endangering another person, and related offenses, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Philadelphia’s LGBT Affairs Director Amber Hikes posted on Facebook on Monday that she’d helped Segin’s father and other community organizers post bail.

She said that Segin had been sent to a male prison before she was bailed out, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Comments (16)
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Marxest
Marxest

Well, if she was going to burn the flag in way that was dangerous to others then she should be stopped. But to tackle and arrest? Okay..

RunCop
RunCop

That's one butt fucking ugly dude!

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

"sent to a male prison" where else would a male go?

Candice Lynn
Candice Lynn

STOP CALLING THESE PEOPLE WOMEN! They are not.

Rdhdkid
Rdhdkid

I hope he's not delusional enough to think he's pretty.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

In all truth, that version of the Blue flag is an abomination to the American flag and should be burned. The first version of a black field with a blue line is just fine, though. Understated and elegant.

Caprice56
Caprice56

He/she whatever I don’t care, created a horrible situation when using an accelerant in a crowd! It deserved to be arrested! What the hell was she/he protesting? The gay pride parade? That’s ridiculous. It didn’t have to go!

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

In the words of Crocodile Dundee, That was a guy. A guy dressed up like a Sheila. You just won the ugly award!

AP2021
AP2021

Inbred

ReeseR59
ReeseR59

I am shocked at how fast law enforcement departments and governments have rolled over to this PC pronoun crap. The LBGTQRPINHEAD's and liberals can claim all they want but just because you say you are of a different sex does not make it so. Any high school biology student could tell them that.

shooter
shooter

If you were born with a dick, you're a man.

If you weren't, you're not.

Period.

vogy
vogy

what a beaute

Doc___
Doc___

Dressed to hide his identity, starting a fire... Seems like a terrorist to me. Gitmo?

61mouse
61mouse

@ shooter

now in NYC parents have the right to put an "X" on birth certificates INSTEAD of "M" .or "F" .........smfh

Memaw187
Memaw187

It's ugly and stupid.

GeorgiPi
GeorgiPi

Not a woman!


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