Skip to comments.City drops charges against man who burned Mexican flag[at the Alamo]
Posted on 10/16/2007 9:29:43 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch
A former peace officer burned a Mexican flag in protest of the U.S. policy toward undocumented immigrants, and his demonstration at the Alamo has garnered national attention.
David Bohmfalk was set to go to court on a case of constitutional law regarding his right to burn a flag any flag on the steps of the Alamo. Now it appears the city is unfurling the white flag of surrender.
Bohmfalk's protest took two minutes, and the result was a $198 ticket for burning without a permit.
Free speech, Bohmfalk says, is worth fighting for. But now he won't have his day in court. Hours after the story first aired on KENS 5, the charges were dismissed.
"I am out financially, and I've had a lot of emotional turmoil over this," Bohmfalk said.
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Bohmfalk has waited several months for a court date. Three court settings were rescheduled during that time.
The city attorney's office says it wasn't until a court date was set that prosecutors got their first look at the case. They admit it should have been thrown out, but that it was lost in the sheer volume of municipal cases.
"We're talking a thousand people a day walking through that door, and no one's happy," Deputy City Attorney Joe Niño said.
Bohmfalk's case has made the national news. Across the Web, it's the talk of patriotic Web sites, and some blogs are critical of him.
His attorney, Jason Jakob, says officers detained the former peace officer that May Day trying to find something to charge Bohmfalk with. All the while, he says, his client took some heat of his own.
"They tried to call him a domestic terrorist. They tried to get him for arson. They detained him for an hour and a half worth of his time. They allowed him to be spit on," Jakob said.
His brush with the law and his attorney's fees now have Bohmfalk considering more legal action against the city.
Well, that’s a fair charge.
They need to something about the nut “preacher” in front of the Alamo.
And if you burn the American flag - you are praised...
If you want on, or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepMail me.
I love it when liberals fight for the “right” to burn the American flag....but when the tables are turned....such as burning other flags....they can’t take it...its a hate crime.
If the Bohmfaulk had burned the US flag there would have been no charges - free speech don’t you know - but burning the flag of a minority turd world country - unlawful.
Now that they have dropped the charges against this guy some leftist will go to the Alamo and burn a Texas or an American Flag.
And yes, they will have to drop the charges against him too.
"They tried to call him a domestic terrorist. They tried to get him for arson. They detained him for an hour and a half worth of his time. They allowed him to be spit on,"....
Is there a basement in the Alamo?
Madame Ruby seems to think so.
Oops, I grabbed my hornet spray by mistake!
Park police cited Bohmfalk for illegal burning of rubbish, even it was a Mexican flag he set ablaze.
Once this b$ of his being tried got on the internet and on conservative talk radio, the lefties in charge of the b$ charges started filling their Depends.
The last thing the left wing thugs, who cheer when an American Flag is burnt or worse is a case like this one.
It is time for his lawyers to start civil suits against those who went after this man.
Anyone burns an Aerican flag in my presence and they'll have more than a charge dropped on them.
One burned Mexican flag a day in front of the Alamo, that’s all I ask...
If so, it would be full of water.
No wonder they didn't want to go forward. LOL
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