Cross posted from The Violence Worker
Sometimes the truth comes out where you least expect it – like in Milton-Freewater, OR. Milton-Freewater is in North Eastern Oregon, just south of the Washington border. It's less than ten miles from the town of Walla Walla, WA. From The AP:
MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. (AP) — A candidate for the City Council has a court date this week on charges resulting from a tug of war over the Mexican flag.
Police said Greg Sterling confronted students in front of the city hall during a demonstration April 6, and officers had to pull him away from the students and flag to arrest him.
Sterling, 50, said the dmonstrators provoked him and called the assault charge "made up."
"I didn't think I was doing anything illegal," he said. "I'm a proud American and I wasn't out to hurt anybody and I think I was taunted."
He's also charged with disorderly conduct. Both charges are misdemeanors. Police said the assault charge involved a female student who received minor injuries. He's to appear in court Thursday.
Milton-Freewater police Chief Mike Gallaher said two police officers watched Sterling exchange words with students who among about 60 on a sidewalk in front of City Hall.
Sterling pulled two or three of the students into the roadway, and six more followed, Gallaher said. He said officers had to stop traffic.
Sterling said he happened on the march. He said he asked the students not to display the flag, but they called him "gringo" and said, "This flag is going to be here some day.
Then students surround him, he said, and that led to "when I was tangled in the flag."
I don't know if I condone what Mr. Sterling did. I'm just likely to do similar if someone said similar to me.
To some of these people (and I'm willing to bet there are a lot more than are showing), this belongs to Mexico and they will take it back.
If you think this going to end with some watered-down and convoluted law excreted out of the backside of congress, you ain't thinking!
We need to secure our borders first and then deal with those that are here.
No kind of amnesty or guest worker program should be put in place until a wall is built other serious measures are put in place to make a drastic cut in the flow of ILLEGAL aliens are put in place.
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