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July 9, 1990 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five members of the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade were arrested Sunday after they burned American flags in MacArthur Park and scuffled with veterans, one of whom tried to rescue a flag by yanking it out from under a demonstrator's feet, police said. "I got three purple hearts for protecting that flag in Vietnam, and I'm not going to stand by and let them burn it," explained the veteran, Jimmie McAllister, 54, of Compton, a retired Navy captain.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1990 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five members of the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade were arrested Sunday after they burned American flags in MacArthur Park and scuffled with veterans, one of whom tried to rescue a flag by yanking it out from under a demonstrator's feet, police said. "I got three purple hearts for protecting that flag in Vietnam, and I'm not going to stand by and let them burn it," explained the veteran, Jimmie McAllister, 54, of Compton, a retired Navy captain.
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May 27, 1990
Seven members of the Revolutionary Youth Brigade--protesting a detention center for illegal immigrants--were arrested Saturday when their demonstration at MacArthur Park erupted into a bottle-throwing confrontation with police, authorities said. Four people were arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon and three for investigation of rioting in the melee that drew 700 onlookers and created a "tremendous traffic problem," said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Alex Salazar.
NEWS
May 27, 1990
Seven members of the Revolutionary Youth Brigade--protesting a detention center for illegal immigrants--were arrested Saturday when their demonstration at MacArthur Park erupted into a bottle-throwing confrontation with police, authorities said. Four people were arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon and three for investigation of rioting in the melee that drew 700 onlookers and created a "tremendous traffic problem," said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Alex Salazar.
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October 31, 1989 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chanting "Burn, baby, burn," four demonstrators torched several American flags on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Monday in a protest staged to challenge the constitutionality of the new law banning flag desecration. The four flag-burners were quickly arrested by Capitol policemen and charged with violating the federal law that took effect at midnight Friday. If convicted, they face maximum penalties of one year in jail and $1,000 fines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1990
About a dozen youthful demonstrators staged a noisy protest outside the downtown Los Angeles offices of Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner on Thursday, demanding that charges be dropped against associates arrested during a May Day demonstration and calling for an end to "American Imperialism." There were no arrests Thursday.
NEWS
June 23, 1989 | From a Times Staff Writer
A group of leftists celebrated the day-old U.S. Supreme Court decision permitting destruction of the American flag by torching some "flags" Thursday outside the UC Berkeley campus. Instead of burning full-sized, regular flags, the group known as the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade set aflame miniature paper flags on toothpicks and then stepped on the charred remains. "We're not out to do what the press wants us to do," said Raoul Lagos, the local head of the group. "We're not making a political point.
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June 22, 1989 | From Newsday
Gregory Johnson stood happily clutching a burnt American flag Wednesday, basking in his moment of triumph. Earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, overturned the 32-year-old Bronx man's conviction for burning a U.S. flag in Dallas during the 1984 Republican National Convention. Johnson is a member of the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade, whose members stood around a burning banner chanting: "America, red, white and blue. We spit on you." As he savored his victory, Johnson, sporting high tops with red and black laces and a black motorcycle jacket, spewed forth a stream of rhetoric leaving little doubt that the decision had not reinstated his faith in the Constitution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1990 | MARITA HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leaders of the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade and other members of a radical pro-immigrant coalition involved in a series of recent confrontations with Los Angeles police accused the department Monday of "unbelievable brutality" in its handling of a weekend protest and said they plan to seek legal action.
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May 2, 1990 | AL MARTINEZ and JOHN KENDALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A May Day rally in MacArthur Park just west of downtown Los Angeles ended in violence and at least 15 arrests Tuesday when members of the Revolutionary Communist Party and Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade clashed with about 40 riot-clad officers, police said. One marcher threw a bottle at an officer and fled to a restaurant where he was arrested, officers said. Another demonstrator allegedly hurled rocks and a five-gallon tar can at officers from a second-story perch and cried, "Shoot me!
NEWS
October 31, 1989 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chanting "Burn, baby, burn," four demonstrators torched several American flags on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Monday in a protest staged to challenge the constitutionality of the new law banning flag desecration. The four flag-burners were quickly arrested by Capitol policemen and charged with violating the federal law that took effect at midnight Friday. If convicted, they face maximum penalties of one year in jail and $1,000 fines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1990 | AL MARTINEZ
Good news on the L.A. Communist revolutionary front. Pack your lunches, chill the beer and get ready to join the bourgeois-bashing, proletarian fun. The overthrow of America is coming soon. Admission is free, bring the kids. It has been widely broadcast by our local Reds that occupants of the U.S. Immigration Service's detention centers for illegal aliens will rise up against their captors on June 10, precipitating a nationwide revolt.
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May 15, 1990 | STANLEY MEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even on a day of arguments about burning the flag, the American government has no more quiet and private place than the Supreme Court. The nine justices, rarely seen in public, surfaced in their ornate court chamber Monday, sometimes breaking in politely with a question, to hear Solicitor Gen. Kenneth W. Starr and civil rights lawyer William Kunstler debate in decorum. It was a secluded scene beyond the reach of television.
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