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Antiwar protesters trash 9/11 memorial; US flags burned
Tracey Chandler of Whittier displays an American flag that has been burned and slashed by vandals near the informal September 11 memorial on Whittier Boulevard . (Staff photo by Bernardo Alps)
LA HABRA -- Antiwar protesters burned and ripped up flags, flowers and patriotic signs at a Sept. 11 memorial that residents erected on a fence along Whittier Boulevard days after the terrorist attacks in 2001 and have maintained ever since.
However, although officers witnessed the vandalism Saturday afternoon, police did not arrest three people seen damaging the display because they were "exercising the same freedom of speech that the people who put up the flags were,' La Habra Police Capt. John Rees said Monday.
"For this to be vandalism, there had to be an ill-will intent,' he said.
Rees said in order for police to take any action, the owner of the fence would have to file a complaint.
I pity the poor fool who would ever think to burn a memorial to those who died on September 11th before me. Free speech... hah, and I suppose THAT is an excuse spent to free up one's responsibilities to honor and decency.
I can see relativitic people who were brought up in a "whatever" society & school system doing something so foul as this. But a POLICE DEPT that just sits there....FREE SPEECH?? Man has the ACLU done a job on the psyche of our govt. Lord Helps us!