Arrested for wearing a shirt
On 5 October 1968, the pacifist and activist Abbie Hoffman was in Washington DC to stand trial. The case concerned the incidents that took place during a protest in Chicago a few months before, when he was arrested for wearing a shirt with the American flag on it.
Hoffman stood before the United States Congress. He was aware of the explosive effect his outfit had on law enforcement agencies as well as on the media. He knew he would be arrested, which in fact happened. He was ultimately accused of desecrating the flag; he was tried and sentenced.
He knew he would be arrested, which in fact happened. He was ultimately accused of desecrating the flag; he was tried and sentenced. As a matter of fact, the use of the American flag was clearly codified and published by the American Legion, an organization US Armed Forces. The code clearly stated how the flag should and shouldn’t be used; it explicitly prohibited from using it for advertising purposes or wearing it as apparel. I am not sure if today’s version is the same as the one from 1968, but the Code’s articles are still a very interesting read. Especially paragraph 8, entitled Respect for Flag.