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Anti-cop activists anger bikers at flag burning protest, turn to police for protection

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Funny thing how plans always seem to change in life.

An anti-cop group that organized a flag burning protest at a park in Brooklyn had to turn to the City’s Finest to protect them from a gang of angry bikers.

As the activists tried to set the flag on fire, about 40 members of the Hallowed Sons Motorcycle Club became enraged and tried to pummel the protesters. So, turns out the “Disarm NYPD” group had no other choice but to turn to the officers for help.

“They took off like little b—hes. They lit the f–king flag and took off running once they got slapped once or twice,” one of the bikers told the NY Post.

The anarchist group called “Disarm NYPD” announced on social media earlier this week their plans to burn Old Glory at a protest in historic Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn Wednesday night.

The group also burned the Confederate Flag, calling both symbols “objectionable” and characterized the American flag as the “nation’s legacy of institutional racism and imperialism abroad.”

 

Photo Credit: CBS New York
Photo Credit: CBS New York

While it’s illegal to openly burn anything in Fort Greene Park, the flag burners managed to find a loophole in the law, by “roasting” the flag in a closed barbecue grill.

But Old Glory did not burn for long. “One of the bikers rushed forward in a fit of rage and kicked over the grill, sending embers flying. He then doused it as members of the pro-flag crowd chanted “USA! USA,” according to the article.

The bikers tried to rough up the protesters, who were quickly saved by members of the same police force that they criticize.  The cops shielded them from the angry bikers and escorted them out of the park.

The group who organized the protest said the objective was to call attention to police brutality and institutional racism in the wake of the Charleston, S.C. church massacre, according to NY Daily News.

The Mayor’s office issued a statement saying, “The American flag represents national unity, our shared ideals and honors the brave women and men who have served our country.”

Burning the flag is legal, an expression protected by the First Amendment. No one was arrested or injured.

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