Anti-police activists were set to burn the American flag at a New York City park Wednesday evening, but their plans seemingly changed when dozens of bikers and veterans came out to counter protest.
The group, which calls itself “Disarm NYPD,” had promoted the event on social media and ended up having to depend on the very police they were protesting to escort them safely out of the area.
“We maintain, unwaveringly, that both the Confederate flag, and the American flag are symbols of oppression,” the group said.
Flocking to Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park, individuals opposed to burning the U.S. flag waited for the “Disarm NYPD” group to arrive. While most urged for peace, several bikers threatened violence toward anyone who would burn the American flag.
“We’re here to f*** up tiny liberal punks,” a biker who refused to identify himself told TheBlaze.
Seemingly intimidated by the large group gathered in support of the American flag, the anti-police activists decided to change plans.
About 30 minutes after the scheduled flag burning was supposed to begin, the protestors did manage to burn one flag at a far corner of the park away from counter protesters and most of the onlookers.
When word got out that the flag burning was underway, dozens of counter protesters, along with the NYPD, sprinted toward the scene. Emotions quickly escalated and one biker pushed a man suspected of being associated with the flag burning to the ground.
Moments later, bikers and other counter protesters chased the anti-police activists out of the park, running after them while some threatened violence.
As one woman suspected of being with the anti-police group left the park, a crowd gathered around her.
“Shame, shame, shame!” some shouted toward the woman as officers provided her with protection.
“Get the f*** out of the country if you don’t like it!” another echoed.
When an unidentified woman criticized the NYPD, a veteran who identified himself as “Joe” told her to “take it out on the government, not the flag.” The man then led the crowd in a prolonged “USA, USA” chant, drowning out her criticism of police.