Lt. Dan Choi was in Topeka, Kansas today in support of gay and lesbian rights when Capitol Police officers nearly arrested him outside the state capitol for refusing to surrender his American flag. One witness reports that the police claimed that flags could be used as weapons.
The police threatened to arrest those who would not turn in their American flags. Choi dared the police officers to take his flag.
Police backed down when challenged by Choi and other protesters who claimed their First Amendment rights to express themselves through the American flag. There is video of the incident, as well as photos that I will be obtaining, likely by tomorrow.
The protesters did have a permit, issued by the city of Topeka, allowing them to hold their demonstration outside the capitol building. The flags in question were small, parade style flags. No one was arrested.
More to follow…