WASHINGTON (AP/WJZ) — The U.S. Secret Service says two people were arrested during a Fourth of July flag-burning incident on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.
The arrests were made about two hours before President Donald Trump paid tribute to the U.S. military during a speech at the Lincoln Memorial. The Secret Service says one person was arrested for felony assault on a police officer and malicious burning. The other was arrested for hindering a police investigation and resisting arrest. Neither individual was identified.
It is not illegal to burn a U.S. flag, but the Secret Service says the burning occurred beyond the limits of a permit issued by the National Park Service.
Two uniformed Secret Service officers suffered minor injuries while attempting to make the arrests.
It wasn’t the only flag burning incident in our region.
A man burned an American flag outside a Virginia Walmart Thursday as well.
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