Man Charged for Displaying Upside Down American Flag with AIM on It to be Represented by Penn State Victims’ Attorney

This flag was seized as evidence in criminal complaint case

This flag was seized as evidence in criminal complaint case

DUNCANSVILLE, PENNSLYVANIA — Joshuaa Brubaker, who was charged with a misdemeanor for hanging an American flag upside down with “AIM” sprayed in white letters, will be represented by Andrew Shubin at the June 3, 2014 hearing.

andrew-shubinShubin gained national recognition during the high-publicity Penn State -Jerry Sandusky case. He represented Sandusky victims 2, 3, 7 and 10, Matt Sandusky and others in their civil settlements.

From Andrew Shubin’s web site:

“When the truth of Jerry Sandusky’s years of predatory sexual behavior finally came to light, Attorney Andrew Shubin led the charge to hold Penn State accountable for its role in the decades long sexual abuse of boys. Award-winning filmmaker Amir Bar Lev’s documentary Happy Valley recounts Shubin’s central role in the fight for justice and accountability.”

Brubaker hung the upside down American flag on the exterior of his home in the small town of 1,200, which is located across the street from the Allegheny Township Police Department.

Displaying a country’s flag upside down is an international sign of distress.

Brubaker told the Native News Online on Sunday evening he hung the flag up upside down because he feels our country is in distress. While not a tribal citizen, his biological father was Sioux, according to Brubaker. He has always been a sympathizer of the American Indian Movement (AIM), but not a member of the organization.

The flag hung there for about three weeks and then he noticed it was missing.

He went across the street to file a stolen property report. While still at the police station, he was told the assistant police chief wanted to see him. Brubaker was then informed, his flag was not stolen but seized as evidence by the police.

Brubaker was given a criminal complaint for “desecrating” the flag and ordered to appear before Magistrate Steven D. Jackson on the charge on June 3, 2014.

Shubin was assigned to the case through the ACLU. Shubin did not return a call by press time to the Native News Online for comment.


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