Flag Burning

POSTED BY: News Department
Sunday, June 24, 2001 - 11:14 AM
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A man with a history of desecrating the gay-pride flag is one of two people charged with burning the banner during a parade in downtown Columbus. Police charged 45-year old Charles Spingola and 47-year old Thomas Meyer, both of Newark, with open burning, a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by as much as six months in jail. A state appeals court last week upheld Spingola’s conviction on criminal damaging charges for tearing down a gay-pride flag that was flying at the statehouse two years ago at a similar parade. Police say Spingola and Meyer set fire to a rainbow colored flag they had been carrying as the last marchers in the Columbus pride parade the statehouse about 2PM yesterday. Police Sergeant Michael Piccininni says Spingola burned another gay pride flag before the parade started.

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