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WAUSAU, Wis. – An American flag flown upside down as a protest in a northern Wisconsin village was seized by police before a Fourth of July parade and the businessman who flew it — an Iraq war veteran — claims the officers trespassed and stole his property.
Marinette County Sheriff Jim Kanikula said it was not illegal to fly the flag upside down but people were upset and it was the Fourth of July.
"It is illegal to cause a disruption," he said.
Originally posted by ELECTRICkoolaidZOMBIEtest
reply to post by EnlightenUp
ill sell you the upside down sewing machines
im sure a ton of people misconstrued the upside down flag and made a big deal about it before it was taken.
Title 4, Chapter 1, § 8(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
Title 4, Chapter 1, § 8(k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
The next day, police returned the flag.
Originally posted by ReelView
The should be flying the "civilian" flag not the military one. Would have been just as affective though a slightly different meaning. The "US military flag" upside down symbolized down with the military/feds and the proliferation of war. The "Civilian flag" symbolizing sovereignty of the individual and the state above the feds.
Originally posted by Phage
The law states that flying the American flag upside down may only be done in cases of extreme danger to life or property.
He was in violation of the law. Whether or not the law is just is another question.
The United States Flag Code establishes advisory rules for display and care of the flag of the United States. It is Section 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code (4 U.S.C. § 1 et seq). This is a U.S. federal law, but there is no penalty for failure to comply with it and it is not widely enforced — indeed, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that punitive enforcement would conflict with the First Amendment right to freedom of speech.