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A 30-year-old woman has been arrested in New York for burning a gay pride flag.
Angelina Cando was charged with arson as a hate crime, criminal mischief as a hate crime and reckless endangerment as a hate crime, according to New York City police.
The flag was flying outside of a restaurant in Soho, and reportedly said “Make America Gay Again.”
Surveillance video showed someone exiting a car around 1:30am and setting the flag on fire.
The fire spread from the flag to the building, causing some exterior damage.
New York City has certainly been in the news of late, most recently for wasting remarkable sums of money on unused COVID supplies.
READ: NEW YORK CITY SPENT $200 MILLION ON COVID SUPPLIES THAT ARE NOW MOSTLY WORTHLESS
Flag Burning Justifies Hate Crime Charges?
While there’s no excuse for arson of any kind, it seems odd that she was specifically charged with a hate crime.
The Supreme Court has confirmed that burning an American flag is protected speech and not a crime. This flag was private property however, which carries different implications.
It’s unlikely that had she burned the stars and stripes, she’d have received hate crime enhancements.
Protecting private property and damage is obviously the top priority, but would she get the same charges if, for example, she’d targeted a flag flying outside of a church?
Doesn’t seem particularly likely, does it.
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So prosecuting criminals who do violate crimes aren’t a priority but burning flag is a hate crime. Seems about right in that awful City.