Morton County Police Steal US Flag; Claims No Dire Distress Near Standing Rock


by Andy Hart   December 2, 2016
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As an activist has veins and tissue from her backside surgically moved to her shoulder in an effort to reconstruct her arm from an attack caused by Morton County Police, the department decided to confiscate a distress signal near the resistance camps at Standing Rock.

The move comes just days after the National Lawyers Guild announced that it’s suing the Morton County department, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirschmeier and other departments for their involvement in the violence that was inflicted on the water protectors the night of November 20th 2016.

Morton County Police Bragged About Stealing United States Flag From Civilians
Morton County Police Bragged About Stealing United States Flag From Civilians

The Distress Flags Were Placed By Veterans That Support Standing Rock

Placed around the camps the distress signals are used as a patriotic way of respecting the flag, respecting first amendment rights and for requesting help during a struggle. The U.S. flags near the resistance camps have been hoisted upside-down to show distress in the passing weeks following the death of a horse that was fatally shot with rubber bullets, the mangling of a woman’s arm after police threw a concussion grenade at her, a woman hit in the eye with tear gas who now has a detached retina, water protectors being caged in dog kennels, peaceful protectors getting hosed down in freezing weather by militarized officers and other countless acts of abuse that activists have endured from the Morton County Police Department.

It would be quite the stretch to make an argument that any type of political purpose would constitute “dire distress.” – Sheriff Paul D. Laney (Morton County Operations)

Vanessa Dundon [Photos from her  ]
Vanessa Dundon [Photos from her GoFundMe page ]

Morton County Police Bragged About It On Social Media

The December 2nd footage, which ironically starts out with “Know The Truth”, was published on their social media page and shows Morton County Police Department deliberately stealing the flag that belonged to the activists camped out near the Cannonball River at Oceti Sakowin. The police department stated “This flag has been restored to its rightful position.” Judy Kucera, a page follower, responded with “if there’s no dire distress near Standing Rock then what made the North Dakota Governor believe he was entitled to call out the National Guard?”

December 2nd – Morton County Police Public Statement:
Restoring the Stars and Stripes to its rightful position

Mandan, N.D. – This week, members of Morton County law enforcement near the Cannonball protest camps on trespassed US Army Corp of Engineers land observed a universal “sign of distress” in the form of the United States Flag being flown upside down near Turtle Hill. Officers – to include a military Veteran – retrieved the Stars and Stripes.

THE UNITED STATES FLAG CODE Title 4, Chapter 1 states the US Flag should only be displayed upside down when there is extreme danger to life or property. It would be quite the stretch to make an argument that any type of political purpose would constitute “dire distress.” Our flag represents the government of the United States and all of its policies. It also stands for our freedom of speech, our right to practice or even not to practice the religion of our choice, and it represents one united nation in all its glory and the American values. Most importantly it stands for the sacrifices made past, present and in the future to protect our freedoms. This flag has been restored to its rightful position.

“Our flag represents the government of the United States and all of its policies. It also stands for our freedom of speech..” – Sheriff Paul D. Laney (Morton County Operations)

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  1. Morton County Police, I ask you what you would do if your (Mother, Sister, Wife) took a stand for something she thought was very important. What would you do if while protesting what she felt was wrong, she was targeted with rubber bullets, concussion grenades, tear gas canisters, and water cannons in freezing conditions? How would you feel about that? Would you be angry? The people who behave in this manner, seemingly smiling while doing this, are cowards! Power and money will give you nothing without your integrity! A shell of a human being! Sick and rotting inside your human shell exterior!

  2. Sorry, Morton County thugs in uniform, but given the US Supreme Court’s ruling that flag burning is protected speech, I think your theft constitutes a clear violation of water protectors’ right to free speech.

    How hypocritical, but not very surprising, that sadists who have brutalized people peaceably standing up for their rights against a company with no legal permits (since the mandated EIS has not been done) are getting bent out of shape by alleged disrespect to the flag.

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