A small northeast Iowa town’s got a case of flag-burning…though it’s not clear if protest was the goal. There was a dance class going on in the building at the time, according to the police chief of Independence, but the suspect outside the building wasn’t connected with the class.
They were holding it at the Veterans of Foreign Wars meeting hall in Independence, while outside, the flag — on its flagpole — allegedly was ignited by a fifteen-year-old girl. Officials of the Bechter-Boies VFW Post weren’t reachable for comment but police chief Doug Rasmussen called it “an act of pure vandalism.”
The teen was charged with second-degree arson and desecration of a flag, and was released to the custody of her parents.