FedEx employee stops flag burning protest

FedEx employee stops flag burning protest
IOWA CITY PRESS-CITIZEN via CNN

A group of protesters in Iowa City, Iowa, set fire to multiple American flags on Thursday, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported.

“When I see the flag, I see racial injustice,” Paul Osgerby of Iowa City told the Press-Citizen. “I see social injustice from Native American genocide to African-American slavery to failing to recognize women as citizens until the 20th Century.”

As the protesters set fire to the flags, Matt Uhrin, in his FedEx uniform, rushed over to the protest site near the Old Capitol Mall with a fire extinguisher to put out the burning flags. According to the Press-Citizen, Uhrin took a flag from a protester and scuffled with others in the process.

Two protesters, Osgerby and Kelli Ebensberger, also of Iowa City, were charged with violating Iowa City’s public burn ordinance. According to the Press-Citizen, the ordinance is a simple misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail or a fine of up to $625.

Uhrin declined to comment but said his actions were not related to his employer.

KCRG TV reported an online petition to make sure Uhrin wouldn’t lose his job over the incident had nearly 5,000 signatures as of Friday night.

FedEx released a statement on Friday, but it doesn’t say if Uhrin is facing any disciplinary action.

“FedEx has reviewed the facts of the incident and interviewed our courier to better understand what took place,” the statement to the Press-Citizen said. “As with all personnel issues, we are handling the matter internally.”