30-year-old Adolfo Martinez stole a gay flag from a church in Ames, Iowa and set it on fire in front of a gay bar a few blocks away while shouting threats. Martinez was originally charged with disorderly conduct and reckless use of fire.
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But Story County attorney Jessica Reynolds announced after reviewing the evidence she was charing Martinez with a hate crime.
Via Jack Posobiec:
Pride flag burning charged as hate crime in Iowa https://t.co/IhR8vCaSOf
— A$AP Poso (@JackPosobiec) June 19, 2019
Meanwhile in Cleveland, the city is paying $225,000 to a well-known protester who was arrested for burning a US flag at the 2016 Republican National Convention.