Man who started flag desecrating #EricSheppardChallenge arrested in Florida

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TAMPA, Fla. — Valdosta police have confirmed Eric Sheppard was arrested without incident Thursday in Florida.

Sheppard became notorious when he started a flag protest in April at Valdosta State University and encouraged people to desecrate the American flag. The protest sparked what became known as the #EricSheppardChallenge on social media.

The challenge showed videos and pictures of people stepping, stomping, and dancing all over the American flag.

Despite the backlash Sheppard received from those who are proud to be American, he continued to argue his case.

His tune was quickly quieted when officials began searching for Sheppard in regards to a gun on campus. Sheppard had a warrant for his arrest after deputies allegedly found a gun that belonged to him in a backpack on Valdosta’s campus in late April.

That’s when Lowndes County deputies believe he “fled the county.”

U.S. Marshals assisted in locating Sheppard and he was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail. He is expected to be extradited back to Lowndes County, according to WCTV.


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