When you are protesting against the country, you have great latitude before you are arrested. You can trespass, you can curse at the police, you can act like a danger to civility… nothin.
Protest in favor of the country? Out come the cuffs.
A woman protesting kneeling during the national anthem was arrested for trespassing Friday night during the Midland High-Midland Dow football game.
Although the woman told police she had bought a ticket to the game, officers said she refused orders from the Midland High School principal and was therefore trespassing, as shown by a video from NBC25.
The woman, who carried a sign which read “This is why we stand, they stood and no longer can,” reportedly refused to move away from the American flag at Midland Community Stadium and was then asked to leave, according to WNEM-TV5.
“Nobody is in charge of me; this is a free country,” the woman told police in the video. “This is my flag right there.”
She was clad in a shirt which read “All Lives Matter,” had a poppy flower in her ear and an American flag bandanna over her head with matching underwear over her tights.
The woman was not part of the student protest, which saw around 100 people link arms near the scoreboard in a silent protest during Friday’s national anthem.
Nor was she reportedly part of the counter-protest, which saw members of several veterans groups handing out small flags for fans to wave during the anthem.
The game Friday was highly anticipated not only because of the rivalry between Midland High and Midland Dow, but because students initially planned to mirror the NFL protests by kneeling during the national anthem.
ht/ bad brad