Man charged with Desecrating American Flag After Posting Photos On Facebook

An Illinois man was arrested after he set the American flag on fire and posted photos of the act on Facebook. 

  

But the incident has sparked a debate on social media about whether the act should be considered an expression of free speech. 

According to The News-Gazette, Bryton Mellott, 22, posted several photos on Facebook on July 3 showing him burning the American flag. On the photo post, he included a statement about why he is “not proud” to be an American.

“In this moment, being proud of my country is to ignore the atrocities committed against people of color, people living in poverty, people who identify as women, and against my own queer community on a daily.” 

Before the photos were deleted, they were shared thousands of times on Facebook.

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