Iowa City, Iowa - After a video went viral of FedEx driver Matt Uhrin taking on a group of aggressive flag-burners, a group of military veterans has decided to patrol the streets to stop any more flag burning.
Samantha Myers with KCRG reports that a group of veterans took to the streets on Saturday to keep any would-be flag-burners at bay. The group waved flags and held a sign that said, "Honk if [you're against] flag burning."
Curtiss Aineswoth, the man who organized it, said burning an American flag should be illegal.
"I think anybody who burns a flag should lose all government assistance, lose their citizenship, lose the right to be an American if you can't support the country then you don't need to be here."
You can see video of the group here:
The #FedExGuy incident started when a group of protesters had gathered on Thursday around noon in front of the pedestrian mall to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline and a number of other issues, according to KCRG. Bystanders began recording the gathering as the group attempted to torch a few American flags.
FedEx driver Matt Uhrin then jumped in and began extinguishing the flames with a fire extinguisher. He saved the flags from being torched any further and told them if they don't like the flag then get out! The protesters said the act was done to fight fascism and one onlooker added that this was no way to build unity.
You can see the video here:
Two of the flag-burners were arrested following the incident, both were charged for open burning, a misdemeanor.
Police arrested 21-year-old Kelli Ebensberger of Iowa City and 23-year-old Paul Osgerby of Ames. According to the police report, officers say they saw Osgerby setting fire to a U.S. flag Ebensberger was holding. The pair did not have the proper permit from the fire department for a fire. Ebensberger and Osgerby are due in court February 23.
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