“He was very polite and just said that because it was a sign of distress, he wanted to make sure everything was OK,” Deborah Kuhn said. “We said we had it out as a show of desperation — our country is in distress and we just don’t know what to do. We asked if we had violated any ordinance. He said, ‘No, you have every right.’”
More recently, a Sheriff's deputy came again on the grounds of a complaint filed about the flag. Here's where it gets interesting...
“I saw that one cop [Scarborough] pull up and I saw those people come out on the porch and start talking to him,” Stevenson said. “They took their flag down, asked the officer to leave and closed the door. Then he started kicking the door, he kicked it about five or six good times, then he laid right into it. After he got done kicking it, he broke the window out - I saw him hit the window.” Deborah Kuhn says that Scarborough then “pursued my husband into the kitchen, they were scuffling, [and] Mark was trying to get away from him. He pulls out his billy club and I call 911 and say that an officer has broken into our house and is assaulting us.”
First off, it was downright stupid of these people to post that stuff on their house. You live in Asheville, morons! It might have been fine in RDU or CLT, but I don't know how they weren't expecting any trouble.
On the other hand, the deputy's behavior (according to the couple plus several witnesses) is appalling. I don't care if we're in rural Alabama, LEOs should be expected to act rationally and professionally at all times. If the witnesses are correct, this person should be fired.
Link to the story: http://www.mountainx.com/news/2007/f...er_protest_flag_allege_abuse_by_bu