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Man Charged with Hate Crime for Burning Pride Flag in Iowa – While Protester Awarded for Burning US Flag

30-year-old Adolfo Martinez stole a gay flag from a church in Ames, Iowa and set it on fire in front of a gay bar a few blocks away while shouting threats. Martinez was originally charged with disorderly conduct and reckless use of fire.

But Story County attorney Jessica Reynolds announced after reviewing the evidence she was charing Martinez with a hate crime. Meanwhile in Cleveland, the city is paying $225,000 to a well-known protester who was arrested for burning a US flag at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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