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Black Activist Charged With Arson In Confederate Flag Burning (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Patricia Cameron was arrested on July 22 in Manitou Springs, Colorado, after organizing a public burning of the Confederate flag on July 4 (video below).

Cameron, an activist and blogger, was arrested on suspicion of fourth-degree arson, according to a press release issued by the Manitou Springs Police Department.

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The flag burning happened at Soda Springs Park, notes the Colorado Springs Gazette.

In the video, an unidentified man holds the flag while another man sets it ablaze. A woman does hold the flag while it burns, but it's not clear if the woman is Cameron.

The Manitou Springs Police Department said in its press release:

"An accelerant was poured onto the flag, which was held over a small grill, lit with a lighter, at which point flames erupted. The situation posed a risk of danger to the property and citizens of Manitou Springs, as there were multiple people in the area."

Before the flag burning event, Cameron told The Colorado Springs Independent:

"The Confederate flag has long been offensive to minorities, especially blacks. So, you can say that seeing a killer advertise the Confederate flag in his pictures can add flame to that fire, so to speak, almost literally, but this is honestly something I've grown up with — and that's been more like a distrust when I see that. I almost immediately, and most people I've spoken to, associate it with somebody who is a bigot."

Sources: Colorado Springs Gazette, Colorado Springs Independent / Photo credit: Screenshot via YouTube