Date: December 2, 2016
Agency: Morton County
Contact: Morton County PIO (701) 426-1587 or (701) 595-3596
Mandan, N.D. – This week, members of the 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.
See the video here.