Judge Finds Sufficient Evidence to Charge AIM Supporter
After police in Allegheny Township, Pennsylvania arrested and charged Joshuaa Brubaker with Insults and Desecration to an American Flag, a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania judge ruled Tuesday, that there was sufficient evidence to seek a misdemeanor charge in trial against Brubaker.
Specifically, charges were filed against Brubaker because he had hung an American Flag on the front of his home with “AIM” spray painted in large white letters on the flag.
According to the Blair County Police Criminal Complaint, warrant of arrest was issued because Brubaker’s acts ‘were against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’ and the flag was taken down and marked as evidence after attempts to reach Brubaker were unsuccessful.
Brubaker has stated to the press including a television interview with WJAC that he is of Native descent, is passionate about his heritage and the American Indian Movement and grew frustrated when he learned the historical site of Wounded Knee was for sale.
“I found that Wounded Knee is up for sale, not only privately but commercially,” Brubaker said to WJACTV. Brubaker says he was conducting a peaceful protest and was not infringing on the rights of anyone.
The Allegheny Township Police Department, to include Asst. Chief Leo Berg, III certainly does not share Brubaker’s view. In Berg’s criminal complaint, he first wrote that the Brubaker residence, which is directly across the roadway from the Allegheny Municipal Building, was so ‘offensive and insulting” a passing motorist stopped at the station to file a complaint on May 12, 2014.
On May 13, 2014, another person came to the station to file a complaint after which, Berg and an accompanying officer attempted to make contact with Brubaker, after they were unsuccessful, they removed the flag and secured it as evidence.
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