CASPER, Wyo. — Police in the Wyoming community of Jackson say that a disturbance in Jackson town square, involving an upside down American flag, was an act of protest.
In a statement released on social media Thursday, Jackson Police say that at on February 5, at approximately 2:45 pm, officers were summoned to town square for the disturbance. Upon arrival officers say that a man was observed displaying the flag upside down.
“For those that don’t know, displaying the flag in this manner is a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property,” Jackson PD said in their statement. “[Officers] determined he was exercising his freedom of speech under the 1st Amendment. No crime there, so [officers] moved on to other issues.”
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The Jackson PD says it’s not uncommon for them to receive calls of this nature.
“Some protests are large in scale, others small with just a person or two. Some assemblies like this will require permits from the town, but many do not, so long as banners aren’t being hung on town property, amplified music isn’t being used, power hookups not needed, or the event is not blocking the sidewalk,” they said. “In general, the police department’s role is to keep the peace and our own personal beliefs and opinions are beside the point.”