Suspect to face more charges after turning flags upside down

RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky. (WTVQ) – A suspect involved in turning several American Flags upside down at multiple government and business locations in Russell County will face more charges.

Russell Springs Police say Bradley Bennett, 35 is now charged with second degree desecretion.

Residents and veterans spotted the flags flying upside down on the eve of Memorial Day.

ABC 36 was told that Bennett, a navy veteran targeted flags at 10 locations, including City Hall, the Post Office and the Russell County Hospital.

Bennett reportedly told police his actions were in political protest.


5/29/2017 3 p.m.

Veterans outraged after seeing U.S. flags flying upside down

RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky. (WTVQ) – Russell Springs Police say a suspect is in custody after disturbing American flags at several government and business locations.

On the eve of Memorial Day- residents spotted the stars and stripes were out of place and the flags had been turned upside down.

Commander Frank Irvin of the Russell County Honor Guard told ABC 36 he was alerted by several residents and took photos and a video of the flags.

According to Police — Flags at 10 locations throughout the county were targeted, including City Hall, the Post Office and the  Russell County Hospital.

Commander Irvin is an Iraq war veteran.

Irvin says he posted the photos on the Russell County Honor Guard Facebook page to help find whoever was responsible. Outraged locals and veterans commented on the post.

Less than 15 hours after Irvin’s post — Police confirmed a suspect had been caught.

Documents say Bradley Bennett, 35, of Jamestown began turning the flags upside down at 2 a.m. Sunday.

ABC 36 was told that Bennett’s actions may have been politically motivated.

“Turning the US flag upside down is a symbol of distress,” said Commander Irvin.

“Regardless of your political stance  whether you’re a Democrat or Republican or Independent — this is a day that all Americans should be able to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. ”

Bennett is lodged at the Russell County Detention Center.

He is charged with  disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, and public intoxication.

Bradley Bennett (Courtesy: Russell County Detention Center)

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