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75-Year-Old Veteran Acquitted Of Displaying Miniature American Flags On VA Fence

April 19, 2017

A California U.S. District Court has ruled that a 75-year-old veteran is not guilty of violating federal law for displaying two four-by-six-inch American Flags on the fence of a Veterans Affairs facility in West Los Angeles on Memorial Day 2016.

Robert Rosebrock was charged with a federal misdemeanor count after he hung two small American flags on a section of the fence adjacent to the Green Lawn Gate at the entrance of the Los Angeles National Veterans Park.

For the past nine years, Rosebrock and other veterans assembled at the site to protest what they think is a failure by the VA to properly utilize the property for the benefit of veterans, especially homeless veterans.

Rosebrock faced up to six months in prison if he was found guilty of the charge. U.S. Magistrate Judge Steve Kim found Rosebrock not guilty of the violation, saying no evidence was presented that Rosebrock lacked permission to post the American flags or that Rosebrock was the one to display the flags.

Rosebrock previously faced two additional counts for taking unauthorized photographs of VA police officers on Memorial Day and again in June of 2016 without permission.

The two counts were ruled unreasonable during a pretrial decision by Kim.