Man arrested for spray-painting US flag gets $55K in lawsuit

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania man arrested for painting the letters “AIM” on an American flag that he flew upside-down on his house has settled his civil rights lawsuit against the township for more than $55,000.

The Altoona Mirror reports Friday that supervisors in Allegheny Township, Blair County, have approved letting their insurance company pay the money to Joshuaa Brubaker.

He’s part Native American and says “AIM” stands for the American Indian Movement. He says he flew the flag on his porch in May 2014 to protest plans to route the proposed Keystone Pipeline through the site of the Wounded Knee confrontation in South Dakota.

The charges against Brubaker were later dismissed by a judge. The township has advised its police to no longer enforce the state’s flag desecration laws.

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Information from: Altoona Mirror, http://www.altoonamirror.com

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