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Watch: Man Nearly Sets Himself on Fire Burning Pride Flag

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday June 30, 2022

The Michigan man wanted t by police for a series of Pride flag vandalism in the city of Lansing. The screenshot captures the moment he lit a Pride flag.
The Michigan man wanted t by police for a series of Pride flag vandalism in the city of Lansing. The screenshot captures the moment he lit a Pride flag.  (Source:YouTube)

Crime doesn't pay and occasionally it can even be painful as evidenced by a recent crime caught on camera in Lansing, Michigan.

As reported by Fox 47, the Lansing Police Department is investigating the arson of a neighborhood Pride flag. In a video clip, a man can be seen lighting the Pride flag on fire and also nearly lighting himself on fire in the process.

With the first theft happening June 5, the neighborhood has reportedly replaced the flag six times after numerous thefts and destructions, but residents are determined to keep the display of welcomeness and inclusion flying.

"We put the Pride flag up, and it was up for probably five days when the trouble started," said Ryan Kost, a board member of the neighborhood association. "The third flag we actually put a padlock through, and they came with a saw and cut them out right off of the sign."

Shawn Dyer, a local resident who witnessed one of the thefts, responded by helping the community put up an even larger display.

"I try to teach my kid good lessons, and I try to teach them that, you know, you can always try to battle hate with with kindness, and that that's the best path to follow," Dyer said. "I think it's beautiful, to be honest, I mean, regardless of how you feel about the meaning behind it, it's just downright pretty."

Seeing the community come together to support the effort, Kost said he feels "proud" despite whoever is responsible for the thefts.

"I'm just so proud of my community that I have so many flags at this point and other people have flags, and backups," Kost said. "It's just an amazing feeling that, you know, when you stand up for the right thing, you're not alone here on the east side."

He added, "So they can, they can take all they want, because it's not about the flag. It's about the principle and the fact that this community has an open heart."

And that's what Pride Month is all about.

See the crime caught on video below.