Why was this Man Standing on a Pole 80-Feet in the Air with an American Flag?

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The city of Surprise, Arizona, located just west of Phoenix, got a surprise of its own when a man climbed up an 80-foot light pole, near Surprise Stadium, and stood there for three hours waving an American flag, which he held upside down. The American flag facing that direction is a sign of dire distress. The man, identified as 36-year old Michael Lewis-Arthur Meyer of Tucson, was reportedly taking a stand, literally, to bring attention his concern over the treatment of veterans.

[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Meyer stood on the 80-foot structure for five hours hours, holding the flag and making statements that seemed to champion veterans’ rights. When police were finally able to get him to come down from the pole, Meyer was handcuffed and evaluated for any medical conditions or mental illness. He was medically cleared after tests showed that he didn’t exhibit any signs of mental distress, then booked into jail under suspicion of criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.

A stranger to Meyer, Susan Bishop, bailed him out of jail after seeing pictures of Meyer waving the flag on social media. Bishop said that while she did not know Meyer, she supported his message. Speaking with ABC 15, she said, “He has a right to stand up. I believe in what he did and I don’t believe he should sit in jail.”

Bishop detailed that she agrees with Meyer that veterans are not treated as they should be. She added, “[Veterans] go on waiting lists forever. They don’t get the medical help that they need. We have people horridly injured for serving our country and yet we have basically, for the most part, turned our back on them.”

h/t The Blaze

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Jennifer Burke
Jennifer Burke
Jennifer is a Co-Founder of PolitiStick and the Editor-in-Chief. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a certified teacher with 12 years experience in the classroom. Jennifer attended what is credited for being the first modern-day Tea Party rally in the country in the Seattle area and from there emerged as a powerful speaker and writer within the movement. While still in Washington State, Jennifer was selected to be a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI), a program which identified future conservative leaders. Jennifer worked as the National Outreach Director for one of the largest conservative groups in the country and served as Managing Editor and writer for what quickly grew to become one of the top 15 conservative sites in the country. She brings to Politistick a passion for the fight for freedom for current and future generations.
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