MUST SEE VIDEO: FedEx Driver Breaks Up Flag Burning Protest In Iowa

MUST SEE VIDEO: FedEx Driver Breaks Up Flag Burning Protest In Iowa

An Iowa City FedEx driver took action when he came upon a group of protesters that were burning American flags at a mall in Iowa on Thursday.

Matt Uhrin, who happened to be driving by, rushed in with a fire extinguisher to rescue the flag, tussling with several protesters as he yanked it away from the flames.

According to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, the protest was not intended to be anti-veteran, but was meant to highlight their disagreements with the new Trump White House.

“When I see the flag, I see racial injustice,” said Paul Osgerby of Iowa City. “I see social injustice from Native American genocide to African-American slavery to failing to recognize women as citizens until the 20th century.”

Still, the actions caused a scene on the pedestrian mall across from the Old Capitol Mall, as onlookers shouted and Uhrin took action.

Though he declined to comment, he told the Press-Citizen that his actions had nothing to do with his employer.

A heated exchange ensues, with the driver storming off with one of the flags.

According to Iowa-Press Citizen, two members of the group, Osgerby and Kelli Ebensberger, also of Iowa City, were charged with violating Iowa City’s public burn ordinance, a simple misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail or a fine of up to $625.

Iowa City Police Sgt. Scott Gaarde said the two were charged because they failed to seek a permit from the fire department to burn the flags, not because of what they were burning. Iowa has a law on the books that makes it illegal to defile, cast contempt upon, satirize or deride a flag. That law, however, was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in December 2014 and state prosecutors were told not to enforce it.

“It’s not for the content of what they were burning but rather for violating the city ordinance of open burning,” Gaarde said.

The charges against Osgerby and Ebensberger are the only two charges police expect to file in relation to the incident, according to Gaarde.

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