Afternoon Bulletin: Protestors Clash At Fort Greene Flag Burning

Protest group Disarm NYPD organized to burn some flags last night.

(Photo by Jennifer Parr/ Wikimedia)
Pro-flag demonstrators clashed with Disarm NYPD at a flag burning in Fort Greene Park yesterday (Photo: Jennifer Parr/ Wikimedia).

Protestors clashed at Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park last night when the group Disarm NYPD, which raises awareness of racism and police brutality throughout the city, organized to burn the American flag in the wake of the Charleston church massacre. Confrontation arose after a smattering of pro-flag demonstrators, ranging from bikers to veterans and marines, showed up to prevent the burning, subsequently cutting the protest short. “They ran away!” flag supporter Lawrence Winberry screamed. “We won! U-S-A! U-S-A!”  (Daily News)

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Afternoon Bulletin: Protestors Clash At Fort Greene Flag Burning