Judge Rules Pennsylvania’s Man had Right to Fly American Flag Upside Down Sprayed with AIM on It

This flag was seized as evidence in criminal complaint case

This flag was seized as evidence in criminal complaint case

DUNCANSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA— A county judge in Blair County, Pennsylvania has dismissed criminal charges against Joshuaa Brubaker, 38, of Duncansville, Pennsylvania, who was charged after displaying an upside down American flag with “AIM” spray painted in white letters.

Charges were brought against Brubaker after the local police department received complaints.

Judge Daniel J. Milliron ruled Brubaker had the right to express a political viewpoint that is protected by the First Amendment.

AIM is the acronym for the American Indian Movement. Displaying a country’s flag upside down is an international sign of distress.

While not a member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), Brubaker has kept up with its history and supports its causes. Brubaker is not an enrolled member of an American Indian tribe. He was adopted when he was three-years-old, but knows his biological father was part Sioux.

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