A Pennsylvania man says he was standing up for his American Indian heritage and expressing his beliefs when he hung an American flag upside down and spray painted it.
Police said what he did was inexcusable, the flag was hanging on Joshuaa Brubaker’s home, but not anymore, Allegheny Township Police took it down saying he desecrated it.
Brubaker told WAJCTV he meant no offense and was simply standing up for his heritage.
“If I don’t have a right to fly that flag upside down, which means a sign of distress, which this country is in so much distress right now, then what’s the point of having it?”
Allegheny Township Assistant Police Chief L.J. Berg said he received complaints about the flag from others in the area. “I was offended by it when I first saw it,” Berg said. “I had an individual stop here at the station, a female who was in the military, and she was very offended by it.”
Brubaker claims what he did was never meant to upset or offend stating, both he and his wife are of American Indian heritage and are passionate about the American Indian Movement, specifically in the Midwest.
“I found that Wounded Knee is up for sale, not only privately but commercially, It’s just not right and simply because I express myself in a way that somebody else doesn’t like or agree with doesn’t mean I should be persecuted for having beliefs.”
“If we can’t express ourselves freely and not worry about any repercussion from that, what’s the point of having the flag?“
Police removed the flag and charged Brubaker with desecration and insults to the American flag.
Brubaker is only facing misdemeanor charges and is hoping police will reconsider them, he wishes the people who took offense would have just come to him so he could explain.