Two Marines witness protesters waving the American flag hung upside down in a demonstration in Albuquerque. The Marines run after the motorcycle to confront them, when they quickly speed away and drop the flag on the ground. The Marines pick up the dropped flag and walk away.
They’re quickly approached by another individual, who is quite possibly another protester, and begins to address the symbolism of the upside down flag to the Marines. The response received is, “I don’t give a f**k what the symbol is. We serve our f**king country and that’s bulls**t.”
According to the Daily Caller,
The video has drawn a great deal of controversy since it was first posted on March 31. Marine Maj. Brian Cillissen said in a phone interview with KRQE, “I would say the most disrespectful thing that happened in that video is the flag being tossed on the ground. There are a lot of folks that have a lot of passion about that flag and want to protect it at all costs, but that doesn’t negate the fact that we’re in the service to support and defend the Constitution.”
The U.S. flag code states, “The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.” The protesters were demonstrating against the Albuquerque police force for killing homeless man.
The homeless man, James Boyd, was a widely discussed topic here at USMC Life because of the tactics involved by police. Read more here.