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Man cited for burning Mexican flag[at the Alamo]
KENS 5 Eyewitness News ^ | 10/09/2007 | Joe Conger

Posted on 10/10/2007 1:27:11 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch

It caused some controversy, but it was supposed to. Now, one man is headed to municipal court for burning a Mexican flag in protest in front of the Alamo.

The city is charging 46-year old David Bohmfalk with burning without a permit, even though no one gives permits to burn a flag.

"I was raised to respect my country," Bohmfalk said.

All the rallies and talk of amnesty for undocumented immigrants in May 2006 lit the fires of patriotism for Bohmfalk, he said.

"I just got angry," he said. "I decided I had to do something, make my statement, and that's what I did."

More coverage KENS video: Watch the broadcast

Bohmfalk had his own protest in front of a building known for revolution, where Davy Crockett and James Bowie made a stand. So did Bohmfalk but he used a lighter instead of gunfighter. Park police cited Bohmfalk for illegal burning of rubbish, even it was a Mexican flag he set ablaze.

"Because of what it's made out of, it took a little while to burn it. It took me two minutes, but I got it lit," Bohmfalk

Authorities say his actions left some of the Mexican nationals in the Alamo crowd feeling burned. However, Bohmfalk's attorney, Jason Jakob, says, freedom of speech is Bohmfalk's constitutional right.

"My client felt so strongly, and exercised protest, by burning that flag," Jakob said.

Bohmfalk says while he was detained by police, he was harassed, his life was threatened, and he was even assaulted by some tourists who spit on him. Ironically, all these offenses are punishable by law. Jakob says flag burning is not.

"In America, every day we see people burning the American flag and it's become desensitized," Jakob said. "If we can allow that, we can certainly say that the Mexican flag can be burned."

As a former Texas police chief and military veteran, Bohmfalk says he knows his rights, and is fighting for them.

"Why should a foreign flag get any better protection than the American flag?" he said.

The city has not returned calls for comment. As for Bohmfalk's right to a speedy trial, that's been delayed as well. His trial has been reset three times.


TOPICS: Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aclumia; alamo; aliens; doublestandard; flagburning; mexico; rememberthealamo; spittingmexicans
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"The city is charging 46-year old David Bohmfalk with burning without a permit, even though no one gives permits to burn a flag."

Paging the ACLU!

1 posted on 10/10/2007 1:27:17 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
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To: SwinneySwitch

US Citizens do not have as many rights as those who despise this country.

You have a right to free speech, that is if you are not dumb enough to actually TRY it.


2 posted on 10/10/2007 1:29:29 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Next time he should just take a cue from Ozzy Osbourne and take a leak on his Mexican flag at the Alamo.


3 posted on 10/10/2007 1:30:25 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
"Can I burn the American flag?"
"Sure! It's a free country! We have the First Amendment you know, and the ACLU will back you to the hilt!"
"Can I burn the Mexican flag?"
"Are you crazy?? Do you want to go to jail?? Geez! If the ACLU found about that, you'd be in BIG trouble!"
5 posted on 10/10/2007 1:31:13 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Didn’t the USSC already declare that burning a flag was a form of protected speech, or is that only the US flag?
6 posted on 10/10/2007 1:31:22 PM PDT by mnehring ("Ron Paul and his flaming antiwar spam monkeys can Kiss my Ass!!"- Jim Robinson, Sept, 30, 2007)
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To: SwinneySwitch

As a former Texas police chief and military veteran, Bohmfalk says he knows his rights, and is fighting for them.”
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It’s good to see some patriots burning illegal flags
and/or cutting them down with the ever-ready pocket knife.
Enough is enough.


7 posted on 10/10/2007 1:31:55 PM PDT by cowdog77 (" Are there any brave men left in Washington, or are they all cowards?")
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To: SwinneySwitch

Bush will make sure he gets the death penalty for this.


8 posted on 10/10/2007 1:32:04 PM PDT by westmichman ( God said: "They cry 'peace! peace!' but there is no peace. Jeremiah 6:14)
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To: pulaskibush; call meVeronica; AnimalLover; rineaux; Roamin53; genxer; time4good; NoTaxTexas; ...

Ping!

If you want on, or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepMail me.


9 posted on 10/10/2007 1:32:17 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (US Constitution Article 4 Section 4..shall protect each of them against Invasion...domestic Violence)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Calling Chicken Pounder Ronnie Erle Hey Chicken Man.....


10 posted on 10/10/2007 1:32:34 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Move SF Fleet Week to a real AMERICAN city.)
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To: weegee

Sign of the times bump. Sign of things to come, as well.


11 posted on 10/10/2007 1:33:22 PM PDT by Unknowing (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: weegee

Conquered people only have the rights their conquerers and quisling accomplices see fit to dole out to them. We all best get used to it.


12 posted on 10/10/2007 1:34:23 PM PDT by isrul (Lamentations 5:2)
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To: cowdog77

B U M P


13 posted on 10/10/2007 1:36:28 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: Unknowing
So I take it that mexicans in the crowd threatened him and spit on him while he was being detained by the police, who did nothing to stop it. The police were likely of hispanic descent themselves (at least some of them).

So I must infer that the police allowed the abuse to happen while he was in their custody. That's a firing offense.

14 posted on 10/10/2007 1:37:33 PM PDT by -=SoylentSquirrel=- (I'm getting ready for the Alamo II. I predict a different outcome this time around.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

This wasn’t free speech. It was hate speech. Wait! I don’t know any more. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi would know. Help me out here. A simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ will do. No exceptions. Do flags get equal protection or lack thereof under the law?


15 posted on 10/10/2007 1:38:38 PM PDT by tennteacher (Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Time to burn some more flags.


16 posted on 10/10/2007 1:38:41 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

“Illegal burning of rubbish”!! Even the charge makes a point.


17 posted on 10/10/2007 1:39:40 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: SwinneySwitch

Good for David Bohmfalk! Hope everyone supports his legal challenge! Maybe it would be interesting if there were a “burn-in” of Mexican flags at the Alamo, DC, etc.... They can’t arrest everyone.

Our police chief (Los Angeles) just put out a disgusting report about the police crackdown on the May 1st protest. There was a MALDEF lawyer that said it was too bad that he didn’t address how the police stirred up the protestors. As usual she got it wrong. It was the protestors who incited the police as clearly demonstrated by the film footage.


18 posted on 10/10/2007 1:41:39 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: mnehrling

It’s only ok to burn the American flag. It is against the law to burn a foreign flag. Protection my @$$!!! Send me those foreign flags! I’ll bring the marshmallows!


19 posted on 10/10/2007 1:44:32 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Should have burned an American flag. No one would have noticed.


20 posted on 10/10/2007 1:44:46 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: SwinneySwitch

In the next few days, there should be a demonstration against the arrest of David Bohmfalk.

Those protesting his arrest should at the same given moment whip out a Mexican flag and burn it.

I would love to see hundreds of folks show up and burn hundreds Mexican flags at the same time.


21 posted on 10/10/2007 1:51:40 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: All

Trust me, San Antonio is not browning!


22 posted on 10/10/2007 1:51:44 PM PDT by BOATSNM8
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To: SwinneySwitch
Park police cited Bohmfalk for illegal burning of rubbish, even though specifically because it was a Mexican flag he set ablaze.
23 posted on 10/10/2007 1:52:16 PM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: -=SoylentSquirrel=-

We don’t know all that, and can’t infer it from the article. But I’d bet you’re correct, and also that the Police are expected to react in such a way. We have an alien army of tens of millions of potential fighters here, after all.


24 posted on 10/10/2007 1:54:44 PM PDT by Unknowing (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: ozzymandus

Good place to bump this thread. That could be the basis of his legal defense, basically showing the city guvmint is calling the Mexican flag rubbish.


25 posted on 10/10/2007 1:55:08 PM PDT by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq — via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
"... The city is charging 46-year old David Bohmfalk with burning without a permit"

If convicted, he faces being deported back to his hometown in Egypt.

26 posted on 10/10/2007 1:55:19 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: weegee

It would be interesting to see what reaction there would be if someone burned the flag of a European country, say that of Belgium, on the plaza.


27 posted on 10/10/2007 1:55:27 PM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: SwinneySwitch; Liz; nicmarlo

Don’t waste your time.

Face it, the much hated Corsi was right. The US has sold out US citizens in favor of global corporations. Hey y’all Rooty is their guy...anyway..If I were Bush, I would buy me some land in Paraguay.


28 posted on 10/10/2007 1:56:37 PM PDT by dforest (Duncan Hunter is the best hope we have on both fronts.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

This will be good material for the next Mexican Pol calling us xenophobic racists. “Jew See what he dun to our flag”


29 posted on 10/10/2007 2:00:53 PM PDT by wolfcreek (The Status Quo Sucks!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Name of “Bohmfalk”?

Are we sure this isn’t a DeNiro-Stiller comedy?


30 posted on 10/10/2007 2:01:48 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This post sold by weight, not volume. Content may have settled during shipment.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

“Park police cited Bohmfalk for illegal burning of rubbish”

LOL


31 posted on 10/10/2007 2:04:01 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Park police cited Bohmfalk for illegal burning of rubbish,...

Ok, I'll buy that. Municipal justice done well.

Everyone needs to pony up a dime to pay his fine.

PayPal addy anyone?

5.56mm

32 posted on 10/10/2007 2:09:55 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: ozzymandus
“Illegal burning of rubbish”!! Even the charge makes a point.

If I were ever to be cited for something like that, I wouldn't even contest it. Just pay the fine and frame the citation.

33 posted on 10/10/2007 2:09:58 PM PDT by phrogphlyer
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To: SwinneySwitch
The city has not returned calls for comment. As for Bohmfalk's right to a speedy trial, that's been delayed as well. His trial has been reset three times.

Sounds to me like the City of San Antonio is searching high and low for a way out of a no-win situation. This arrest is a PR disaster for a city dependent on tourism (yes, even Mexican tourist) and the home to four military bases!
34 posted on 10/10/2007 2:13:38 PM PDT by TexanByBirth (San Antonio Spurs - 2007 NBA Champions!)
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To: SwinneySwitch
A nice detailed description of the incident (which apparently occurred in May 2007) from Mr. Bohmfak himself.

David Bohmfak

35 posted on 10/10/2007 2:24:19 PM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: The KG9 Kid

Well, I thought it was funny. Maybe you need to ask Freepers to think a little on that one.


36 posted on 10/10/2007 2:27:14 PM PDT by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq — via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
At this point, the two officers, both Hispanic, began talking to each other about what felonies they could charge me with, and asking me questions, although I had not been advised of my rights under Miranda v. Arizona. The male police officer, I believe his name was Ramirez, advised me that I had not only committed arson, but that I had violated several state and federal Homeland Security laws and that I should now consider myself a “domestic terrorist”. Numerous times while he was questioning me, he repeated that I had committed an act of domestic terrorism, due to post-9-11 laws.

Oh brother!

37 posted on 10/10/2007 2:34:13 PM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

38 posted on 10/10/2007 2:35:42 PM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: live+let_live

ping


39 posted on 10/10/2007 2:46:06 PM PDT by live+let_live
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To: SwinneySwitch

The ghost of Thomas Miller from Gonzales, Alamo Defender and my ancestor, is smiling.


40 posted on 10/10/2007 3:00:38 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (...."We're the govt, and we're here to hurt."....)
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To: oneamericanvoice
Our police chief (Los Angeles) just put out a disgusting report about the police crackdown on the May 1st protest. There was a MALDEF lawyer that said it was too bad that he didn’t address how the police stirred up the protestors. As usual she got it wrong. It was the protestors who incited the police as clearly demonstrated by the film footage.

The city of Los Angeles is gone. Lost to Mexico. Best to write if off now. The American ex-Patriots living there could care less. All they want out of life is to continue getting their drugs from their Mexican Drug suppliers.

41 posted on 10/10/2007 3:14:20 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: raybbr

http://www2.mysanantonio.com/multimedia/video/VideoPlayer/playvideo.cfm?action=view&skintop=display/dsp_top.cfm&skinbottom=display/dsp_bottom.cfm&type=nod&ids=49153&play=1&format=WMV&showpoll=No


42 posted on 10/10/2007 3:15:52 PM PDT by radar101 (Duncan Hunter-The only possibility)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Its that name that helped make you strong .


43 posted on 10/10/2007 3:40:21 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know)
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To: weegee

Any wonder why Ozzy isn’t all there. The few brain cells drugs hadn’t fried by the time he decided to water the Alamo were left on the sidewalk that night.


44 posted on 10/10/2007 4:43:55 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Grandpappy manned the cannon at the Siege of Bexar and saw Milam fall. I’m sure he would have provided the lighter.

BTW, see my tagline.


45 posted on 10/10/2007 4:46:23 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Im sure that Jorge will defend this guy, NOT!


46 posted on 10/10/2007 4:48:19 PM PDT by sasafras (All things evil are cloaked in the word diversity)
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To: Eaker; AK2KX; Ancesthntr; ApesForEvolution; archy; backhoe; bayouranger; Badray; Bear_Slayer; ...
"At this point, the two officers, both Hispanic, began talking to each other about what felonies they could charge me with, and asking me questions, although I had not been advised of my rights under Miranda v. Arizona. The male police officer, I believe his name was Ramirez, advised me that I had not only committed arson, but that I had violated several state and federal Homeland Security laws and that I should now consider myself a “domestic terrorist”. Numerous times while he was questioning me, he repeated that I had committed an act of domestic terrorism, due to post-9-11 laws."

CW2 Ping.


47 posted on 10/10/2007 6:13:55 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: oneamericanvoice
Our police chief (Los Angeles) just put out a disgusting report about the police crackdown on the May 1st protest.

I saw that ridiculous article, and yes, police chief Bratton was wagging his tail behind the mayor, blaming his own men for doing their own jobs. Sickening, huh? All I can think is that Mexican weed they seem to be smoking must be pretty strong.

48 posted on 10/10/2007 6:21:24 PM PDT by janetgreen
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To: weegee
Next time he should just take a cue from Ozzy Osbourne and take a leak on his Mexican flag at the Alamo.

Or, he can make his dog take a crap, pick up the crap with a mexican flag, and then throw it in the trash.

49 posted on 10/10/2007 6:25:13 PM PDT by Vision Thing (self destructocrat)
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To: Travis McGee

Has it come to this?
I think it has. Millions of media-conformist consumer units would endorse this prosecution, yet would automatically defend some traitorous terror tool’s right to burn an American flag. Worse, they wouldn’t give the inconsistency a second thought.
In the crazy world of the pop left, it is not inconsistent, since both the prosecution of Mr. Bohmfak and the burning of the American flag serve the same goals- the destruction of a value system that is antithetical to media-based authoritarianism.


50 posted on 10/10/2007 6:26:17 PM PDT by atomic conspiracy (Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
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