During Sunday’s Pride Parade in Philadelphia, a New Jersey transgender woman was arrested for attempting to set a pro-law enforcement flag on fire.
Ryan Segin, 18, of Woodbine, was charged with attempted arson, reckless endangerment of another person, causing a catastrophe, and other charges, due to “endangering others,” according to a spokesman for the Philadelphia police. “It’s not an issue with the flag, the issue is being in a crowd of people and trying to pour lighter fluid on it,” he said. “It has nothing to do with the flag. It could have been paper.”
People has assembled to watch the parade when Segin attempted to pour lighter fluid on a thin blue line flag, which is associated with the “Blue Lives Matter” movement. Segin was stopped by police before the flag caught fire, NJ.com reported.
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Although the Supreme Court has ruled that flag burning is protected under the First Amendment as a form of free speech, police contended that Segin broke the law by attempting to set the flag on fire in front of a crowd of people, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
In a Monday Facebook post, the Philly Socialists condemned the arrest of their “comrade” who was arrested by police who had “no place” at the parade.
“The police have no place at Pride,” Philly Socialists wrote. “Police represent an affront to LGBTQ people and people of color, many of whom have who have died at the hands of police.”
Amber Hikes, Philadelphia’s director of LGBT affairs, wrote in a Monday Facebook post that she and three others assisted Segin in paying bail, and emphasized that Segin was sent to a men’s prison prior to release.