A 75-year-old veteran being prosecuted for displaying the American flag on the fence of a Veteran’s Affairs facility was acquitted Tuesday.
Robert Rosebrock faced a potential six month prison sentence for hanging a six inch flag on the fence of the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs on Memorial Day 2016 to protest the treatment of homeless veterans.
It was something he had done around 500 times.
He, and a group of veterans with the same concerns, have been protesting at the facility every Sunday and Memorial Day for nine years, NBC News reported.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Steve Kim ruled that the prosecution lacked the evidence to prove Rosebrock didn’t have the required permission to hang the flag, or that he had even hung them to begin with, according to NBC News.
Fellow veterans and activists gathered in the courthouse to show support for Rosebrock and broke into applause when his acquittal was announced.
Rosebrock said he was “honored that the flag was exonerated — and for once the veterans got a victory.”
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