Prosecutors drop case against man arrested for burning American flags outside White House

SFGate | 9/10/2019 | Keith L. Alexander, The Washington Post
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WASHINGTON - Prosecutors - District - Columbia - Tuesday

WASHINGTON - Local prosecutors in the District of Columbia on Tuesday dismissed remaining charges against a California man whose burning of two American flags outside the White House on the Fourth of July sparked a melee between ideologically opposed groups.

Gregory Lee "Joey" Johnson, 62, of San Francisco, had faced a felony charge of assault on a police officer after two officers said they were doused with an accelerant from a burning flag that made them ill and sent them to a hospital for treatment. That charge was dismissed a day after the burning incident.

Monday - Prosecutors - District - Office - Attorney

Late Monday, prosecutors within the District's Office of the Attorney General dismissed the remaining misdemeanor charges of inciting violence and disorderly conduct.

Johnson is a member of the Revolutionary Communist Party who espouses the slogan "imagine a world without America," and he has made burning flags an integral part of his protest. It was Johnson's burning of an American flag during a march against nuclear war in Dallas in 1984 that led...
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