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US Army veteran arrested for flying flag upside down in protest

A US Army veteran in Iowa was arrested and charged with desecrating the US flag after hanging it upside down below a Chinese flag in protest of an oil pipeline being built against his wishes next to his water well.

Army veteran Homer Martz was arrested after two Calhoun County approached him at his home with his flags in their hands, buy cialis according to CubicLane.

Martz was upset because eminent domain was allowing a Texas company to build a pipeline near his water supply.

“They said, and ‘You can’t do this. We have a statute,” Martz told The Messenger. “I said ‘I’m sorry but you shouldn’t have took them down,’ So I walked back out and put them back up.”

Martz was then arrested, with deputies citing that the flagpole at the end of Martz’s driveway was in the county’s right-of-way.

Calhoun County Attorney Tina Meth-Farrington said that Iowa has a flag desecration law, which is a simple misdemeanor punishable by up to a month in jail.

Martz says he never knew that there was even a flag desecration law.

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Businesses destroyed, National Guard activated after violence in US

The governor of the north-central US state of Wisconsin activated the state’s National Guard on Sunday after protests of a police shooting turned violent and businesses and cars were torched overnight in the city of Milwaukee.

Officials were calling for calm in the hopes that violence would not resume overnight after six businesses were torched and looted a night earlier. Seven police vehicles were also damaged.

“Last night was unlike anything I have seen in my adult life in this city and I hope I never see it again,” Mayor Tom Barrett said, calling on parents to keep their children away from the area on Sunday.

The violence broke out after a police officer shot and killed a man on Saturday amid heightened tensions between the minority African American community and police.

There was no question that the man who was shot, identified as 23-year-old Sylville Smith, had a gun in his hand as he was pursued by a police officer, Barrett said. Smith had an extensive criminal record, officials said.

An image from the police officer’s body camera “demonstrates without question that he had a gun in his hand,” Barrett told a press conference.

Seventeen people were arrested, while four police officers were wounded by flying debris, police chief Edward Flynn said.

The National Guard, which serves as the reserve force of the US military but is frequently used by state officials in disaster response, was to assist local police at their request, Governor Scott Walker said in a statement.

 

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National Guard put on standby after violence in US city of Milwaukee

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has activated the National Guard to assist with potential riots erupting in Milwaukee. The police killing of an armed suspect in a predominantly black neighborhood had sparked protests.

Governor Scott Walker said Sunday he had decided to take the step after receiving a request from Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and after consulting with Mayor Tom Barrett and National Guard Adjutant General Donald Dunbar. His announcement specified that the National Guard would be “in a position to aid local law enforcement upon request.”
At least four businesses were burned down and one police officer was hurt after violence broke out a few hours after the officer-involved shooting on August 13. A number of cars were also reportedly set on fire and three of the protesters were arrested. The protests took place in the impoverished Sherman Park neighborhood on the city’s predominantly black north side.

Governor Walker meanwhile also praised citizens who helped to clean up the north-side neighborhood where the violence and protest took place. Police presence in the area remained low for the time being.

Police said the man involved in the shooting had a handgun when he was shot fatally while trying to run away after being stopped by the police. The Milwaukee Police Department said only that he was 23 years old, had a lengthy criminal record and was carrying a stolen loaded handgun when he was pulled over for unspecified “suspicious activity.”

A second suspect who fled from the scene was quickly taken into custody.
The officer who shot dead the first suspect was placed on administrative duty pending an investigation by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, police said and added that the 24-year-old officer was wearing a body camera, which would help with the investigation.

The race of the victim and of the officer involved weren’t released. The officer has reportedly been with the Milwaukee department for six years, three of which he spent as an officer.

Police violence against African Americans has sparked protests in many US cities in the past two years, with outrage over the killings giving rise to the “Black Lives Matter” movement. From Baltimore, Maryland, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the US has seen a growing number of black Americans dying at the hands of local law enforcement officials in the recent past.
Milwaukee has also seen its share of protests before, after an officer fatally shot Dontre Hamilton, a mentally ill black man, in 2014. Calls for a review of police practices are also growing in the midwestern city, as the latest shooting is already being regarded a repeat incident.

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