David Bohmfalk, 46, was cited for "illegal burning of rubbish" after burning a Mexican flag in front of the Alamo on May 17, 2007, since then his case has been bumped three times. I wasn't sure what to file this under as it is clearly immigration, because it was done to protest illegal immigration. Clearly outrageous, because if he had burned the American flag I doubt he would have been charged with anything. Clearly humorous, because the Mexican flag has been dubbed officially as rubbish. I laughed, I cried.
In 1989 the Supreme Court said that burning the US flag was constitutional. You better not burn any other countries flag though.
But Bohmfalk is not new to the area of law enforcement. He is a former Texas police chief and a military veteran. The most insulting thing about him being detained is that he was assaulted as a Hispanic couple, presumably Mexican since it was a Mexican flag, threatened his life and spit on him. According to Bohmfalk's account though, neither of them were arrested or detained though the threats were made in the presence of law enforcement.
All the rallies and talk of amnesty for undocumented immigrants in May 2006 lit the fires of patriotism for Bohmfalk, he said.
"I just got angry," he said. "I decided I had to do something, make my statement, and that's what I did."
Bohmfalk had his own protest in front of a building known for revolution, where Davy Crockett and James Bowie made a stand. So did Bohmfalk but he used a lighter instead of gunfighter. Park police cited Bohmfalk for illegal burning of rubbish, even it was a Mexican flag he set ablaze.
Authorities say his actions left some of the Mexican nationals in the Alamo crowd feeling burned. However, Bohmfalk's attorney, Jason Jakob, says, freedom of speech is Bohmfalk's constitutional right.
"My client felt so strongly, and exercised protest, by burning that flag," Jakob said.
Bohmfalk says while he was detained by police, he was harassed, his life was threatened, and he was even assaulted by some tourists who spit on him. Ironically, all these offenses are punishable by law. Jakob says flag burning is not.
"Why should a foreign flag get any better protection than the American flag?" he said.
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