(Des Moines) The A-C-L-U of Iowa says it’s suing three law enforcement agencies in Western Iowa in Federal Court seeking to block enforcement of Iowa’s barring desecration of the United States flag. The case involves members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, which frequently protests the funerals of soldiers carrying signs with anti-gay slogans. Randall Wilson of the A-C-L-U says Police Chiefs in Red Oak, Council Bluffs and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s told the protesters that if they dragged the U.S. Flag, they’d be arrested. The A-C-L-U lawsuit seeks to stop that.
“The focus of the lawsuit is on local law enforcement agencies that continue to enforce Iowa’s flag desecration statutes despite numerous court rulings by this point,” stated Wilson. “
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in 1989 that flag desecration laws infringe on free speech…and in 2009, a Federal Judge ruled Iowa’s law was unconstitutional. It’s still on the books and Wilson says the A-C-L-U wants the court to stop Police from enforcing it.
Iowa Radio Network
April 19, 2013