An Air Force veteran and former Playboy model wrestled with police and protesters over an American flag that she thought was mistreated on a Georgia college campus on Friday.
Michelle Manhart, who resigned from the Air Force after appearing in a Playboy spread picked up a tattered flag that demonstrators at Valdosta State University had trampled.
As part of their protest against racial inequality, some students had been stamping on it, and Manhart took offense to their treatment of the flag.
Campus cops and protesters thought Manhart was out of line.
“You enslaved our people,” one of the demonstrators says. “You put us in this white supremacist place. And you’re stealing our flag now.”
Several officers tackle Manhart to the ground as they scuffle for control of the flag. One cop tells her, “That flag does not belong to you.” In the end, it was returned to the protesters.
Manhart wasn’t charged, but she’s been barred from campus activities.
“I was just going over there to pick up the flag off the ground. I don’t know what their cause is, but I went to pick it up because it doesn’t deserve to be on the ground,” she said. “The bald eagle is a symbol of our country, and back in the ‘80s it was put on the endangered species list. You can’t touch that bird. It’s illegal. If we can do that with a bird, why can’t we place that same value on the flag.”