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Police arrest man they say lit an American flag on fire on the Common and tossed it atop a BPD prisoner wagon

Boston Police report arresting a man they say stole several of the flags placed around the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common for Memorial Day, then lit one and tossed it atop an empty BPD prisoner transport wagon parked near the Brewer Fountain around 7:10 p.m. yesterday.

When officers arrived, Daniel Lucey, 40, spit at one of them, but his phlegm fell short and only hit an officer on his shoe, police say.

Lucey was then arrested on charges of malicious destruction of historical monuments, malicious destruction of property, assault and battery on a police officer and disorderly conduct, police say. Police did not say if they used the wagon in question to transport Lucey to booking.

Last November, Lucey, who gave his address as the St. Francis House on Boylston Street, was arrested near the Boston Common visitor center on a charge of disorderly conduct, according to police records.

Innocent, etc.

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He seems nice.

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Off the top of head. I can only think of two countries where burning the American flag is acceptable. Iran and the United states of America.

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Were that only so, evidently you don't get much news.

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...not the people.

According to friends who have traveled in or have family in Iran, most Iranians do not have a problem with the American *people*, just the American *government*. And likewise, remember the difference between the Iranian people and their government.

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The flag burning wasn't acceptable in this case either.

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if he hadn't allegedly stolen it and then thrown it at a car

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he may not have been in trouble for said crimes. Again, what's the point being made here?

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Where he was arrested.

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... to live in a country where my respect for the flag is something I freely give rather than something that is coerced by my government. I'm glad that even though I find flag-burning to be offensive, my government recognizes it as protected speech. I do not claim a "right not to be offended" and I do not recognize that claim by others.

(obviously, burning a flag that belongs to someone else is not protected speech any more than burning someone else's lawn furniture would be.)

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I agree with you 100%

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