UPDATE: Two charged in U.S. flag burning in Iowa City ped mall

Protesters burned a U.S. flag at a rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline and other issues in Iowa City on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (Courtesy: Josh Krakauer)
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Police arrested two people for burning several American flags at a rally at the pedestrian mall in Iowa City Thursday.

Those at the rally said they were protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline and a variety of other issues.

Police arrested 21-year-old Kelli Ebensberger of Iowa City and 23-year-old Paul Osgerby of Ames for open burning, a simple misdemeanor.

According to a police report, officers say they saw Osgerby setting fire to a U.S. flag Ebensberger was holding. The pair did not have a permit from the fire department for a fire.

Ebensberger and Osgerby are due in court February 23.


Protesters burned a U.S. flag at a rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline and other issues in Iowa City on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (Courtesy: Josh Krakauer)