Cape Girardeau police officer ordered...

Cape Girardeau police officer ordered to pay fees in flag lawsuit

There are 10 comments on the Free Republic story from Mar 3, 2013, titled Cape Girardeau police officer ordered to pay fees in flag lawsuit. In it, Free Republic reports that:

Cape Girardeau police officer ordered to pay fees in flag lawsuit By Scott Moyers ~ Southeast Missourian A federal judge ordered Cape Girardeau police officer Matthew Peters and the state of Missouri to pay more than $62,000 in attorneys' fees and costs in connection to an arrest he made in 2009 for flag desecration.

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United States

#1 Mar 3, 2013
Wow that is so dumb
Agreed

Saint Ann, MO

#2 Mar 3, 2013
Arresting a man who destroyed his own flag in his own yard is about the most ignorant thing I ever heard of. Talk about about a power trip.
splc

United States

#3 Mar 3, 2013
some of my family have served this country, and if i ever see someone desecrating our flag i will get out,and tell them what they are doing is spitting in all of the faces of our veterans. it is BULLSHIT that he has to even pay one dime. alot of people have fought, and died for our freedoms. that low life can f--k off!!!!
mary

Jackson, MO

#4 Mar 3, 2013
they need to be patrolling south benton street and south sprigg.
Guest

Jackson, MO

#5 Mar 3, 2013
Agreed wrote:
Arresting a man who destroyed his own flag in his own yard is about the most ignorant thing I ever heard of. Talk about about a power trip.
Not a power trip, upholding the law of the land!

Since: Apr 08

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#7 Mar 3, 2013
Guest wrote:
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Not a power trip, upholding the law of the land!
Really?

Which law of the land?

The 1st Amendment to the Constitution which guarantees freedom of speech which supersedes all other laws?

Or a local ordnance?

BTW, burning the flag is the prescribed method of disposing of an American flag. The lowest recruit in the military and the dumbest Boy Scout knows that. Why don't you?
Guest

Jackson, MO

#8 Mar 3, 2013
Bama Yankee wrote:
<quoted text>
Really?
Which law of the land?
The 1st Amendment to the Constitution which guarantees freedom of speech which supersedes all other laws?
Or a local ordnance?
BTW, burning the flag is the prescribed method of disposing of an American flag. The lowest recruit in the military and the dumbest Boy Scout knows that. Why don't you?
He wasn't disposing, he was desecrating! Freedom of speech is NOT burning the American flag!
Isaac Bickerstaff

Oran, MO

#9 Mar 3, 2013
Guest wrote:
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He wasn't disposing, he was desecrating! Freedom of speech is NOT burning the American flag!
Burning the flag is considered a form of speech which is protected by the bill of rights.

Didn't you people have to take a Government class in high school?

It may be unpopular but it is protected free speech.
The veterans who fought and died for the flag guarenteed that we have a right to freedom of speech. With no exceptions!
guest

United States

#10 Mar 3, 2013
Let the desecration begin...
Guest 69

United States

#12 Mar 4, 2013
Texas v. Johnson was decided by the US Supreme Court to determine that flag desecration is protected by the first amendment. It is protected freedom of speech. The most important protection of speech is that of political speech-which flag desecration is part of.

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