[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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