Ferguson protesters clashed with St. Louis Rams fans outside of the Edward Jones Dome shortly after the football team’s victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Police estimate that there were approximately 20 people protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown outside of the Rams’ stadium on Sunday. The protest was peaceful until one fan, David Bolten, asked the protesters why they were flying an American flag upside-down.
“I saw that they were flying the flag upside-down, and I don’t take kindly to that, I don’t think that’s appropriate,” he told a KMOV reporter. “So I went up to them and say, ‘Hey, why are you flying the flag upside-down?'”
Flying the flag in this manner is “a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property,” but it has been has long been used by protesters to indicate civic distress to the body politic.
Bolten claims that, by way of response to his question, “a young lady came up to me and spit in my face, and I stepped back from her. The next thing I know I got a fist in my face.”
Police say that two women were arrested for their roles in the Bolten altercation.
The flag only became an issue in the first place because Rams fans repeatedly tried to steal it:
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Another woman claims to have been punched after shouting, “Let’s go Rams!” at the protesters, but police were unable to locate the assailant in that incident.
Watch video of the confrontation via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch below.