[Watch] Air Force Veteran Who Posed For Playboy Is Tackled By Cops For Defending American Flag

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An Air Force veteran and former Playboy model was arrested for taking an American flag from campus protesters who were trampling on it.

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Michelle Manhart, 38, was handcuffed and arrested by police at Valdosta State University, Georgia,  after grabbing the American flag and refusing to return it to the student demonstrators.

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Manhart told the Valdosta Daily Times that she ‘did not want anything like this, but I got a call from a student who told me that the flag was on the ground, and they were walking on it.’

‘I was just going over there to pick up the flag off the ground. I don’t know what their cause is, but I went to pick it up because it doesn’t deserve to be on the ground.’

She continued: ‘If your cause is racism then find some white people and walk on them.

‘But to walk on the flag is walking on our symbol of freedom. You have the freedom to do what you are doing because of it. I’m not fighting against them. I’m fighting against the way they are going about it.’

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Video footage of the event, on Friday, shows Manhart struggling with officers, who force her to the ground after she refuses to let the flag go.

 

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52 COMMENTS

  1. That is what BRAIN DEAD – TOTAL IDIOT COMMUNIST COPS DO. Look at the creepy ASSHOLES. Violating their Oath Of Office for the scum of the earth and the People of Valdosta Ga should be so ashamed to show their face anywhere to allow their IDIOT COPS do that to that woman. What ASSHOLES are the University Administration to allow it to happen. ANYONE who donates or pays for their child to go there are HATERS of AMERICA and Communist lovers.

    • Jerry you seem to be confused by what they do in communist countries, the communist behavior would be to stop freedom of speech. The protestor exhibited 100% American behavior, and Manhart is a criminal thus being arrested. Here in the states it is illegal to steal.

      • You are confused as to what they do in communist countries, they would have shot these low life thugs.

        18 U.S. Code § 700 – Desecration of the flag of the United States; penalties

        Current through Pub. L. 113-296, except 113-287, 113-291, 113-295. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.)
        US Code
        Notes
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        (a)
        (1) Whoever knowingly mutilates, defaces, physically defiles, burns, maintains on the floor or ground, or tramples upon any flag of the United States shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.
        (2) This subsection does not prohibit any conduct consisting of the disposal of a flag when it has become worn or soiled.
        (b) As used in this section, the term “flag of the United States” means any flag of the United States, or any part thereof, made of any substance, of any size, in a form that is commonly displayed.
        (c) Nothing in this section shall be construed as indicating an intent on the part of Congress to deprive any State, territory, possession, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico of jurisdiction over any offense over which it would have jurisdiction in the absence of this section.
        (d)
        (1) An appeal may be taken directly to the Supreme Court of the United States from any interlocutory or final judgment, decree, or order issued by a United States district court ruling upon the constitutionality of subsection (a).
        (2) The Supreme Court shall, if it has not previously ruled on the question, accept jurisdiction over the appeal and advance on the docket and expedite to the greatest extent possible.

      • The criminals are the ones STOMPING or even allowing the AMERICAN flag to touch the ground. She was in the right to retrieve the flag and honor it properly. Any American flag that touches the ground must be disposed of properly. She was not stealing. I believe she says she will replace it. Yes it is illegal to resist arrest but the Other young lady also was inciting violence by her actions and the Police needed to explain to her why Ms. Manhart was doing what she was doing. It is no longer ‘peacefully demonstratng’ once the flag touches the ground. THAT IS ILLEGAL.

        • Will you give me a fucking break. Mrs. Manheart, told these stupid mother fuckers what she was going to do with their probably five-finger discounted flag. That being she was going to take custody of it and dispose of it properly because you dumb fucks desecrated the flag of The United States of America and broke the law by inciting a riot by doing that.

      • Your the one that is brain dead, she is a veteran defending the American flag. Protest, march around with signs, shout over a PA why you are unhappy. But disrespecting the American flag, which men and women have fought and died for to give you the right of freedom of speech .
        Do you really thick disrespect the American flag helps there cause. You just lost any interest that I have in your cause, I might be in favor and have an interest in your massage. But there is no reason to bring an American flag and walk on it, burn it. You saw the result here the story now is Veteran arrested defending flag. The protester’s massage was lost.

    • Bro you honestly need to take a chill pill. Just because some ignorant people were walking on a flag doesn’t mean the entire town of Valdosta is bad. I’m pretty sure there are some pretty disgusting people living in your town. I guess that makes you just as disgusting as them. How does going to a college makes you a hater of america and communist lover? Your extremist ideas are the reason why the republican side gets so much shit. People like you disgust me. Go /wrist.

    • Jerry, I could say that’s a very fascist train of thought as well. Those protesters had every right to do whatever they want to the American flag, it’s part of their rights as Americans. That’s what sets us apart from totalitarian regime.

      • Nathan, They’re are Federal Statutes against desecrating the American flag, so you’re full of shit when you said “Those protesters had every right to do whatever they want to the American flag, it’s part of their rights” No, it’s not asshole.

  2. The title of this article is misleading. She wasn’t tackled because she was defending the flag. She was tackled because she stole something, refused a lawful order from a police officer, and resisted arrest by struggling with multiple police officers.

  3. Serving in the military gives you no right to violate the freedoms you say you fought for. It makes everything you say BS! How can you preserve democracy when you can’t even practice democracy!

  4. She was a fucking theif. She STOLE property that was NOT hers. She resisted arrest after refusing to give back what she STOLE!!!!! Stupid conservative trash.

    • look butthole
      18 U.S. Code § 700 – Desecration of the flag of the United States; penalties

      Current through Pub. L. 113-296, except 113-287, 113-291, 113-295. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.)
      US Code
      Notes
      prev | next
      (a)
      (1) Whoever knowingly mutilates, defaces, physically defiles, burns, maintains on the floor or ground, or tramples upon any flag of the United States shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.
      (2) This subsection does not prohibit any conduct consisting of the disposal of a flag when it has become worn or soiled.
      (b) As used in this section, the term “flag of the United States” means any flag of the United States, or any part thereof, made of any substance, of any size, in a form that is commonly displayed.
      (c) Nothing in this section shall be construed as indicating an intent on the part of Congress to deprive any State, territory, possession, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico of jurisdiction over any offense over which it would have jurisdiction in the absence of this section.
      (d)
      (1) An appeal may be taken directly to the Supreme Court of the United States from any interlocutory or final judgment, decree, or order issued by a United States district court ruling upon the constitutionality of subsection (a).
      (2) The Supreme Court shall, if it has not previously ruled on the question, accept jurisdiction over the appeal and advance on the docket and expedite to the greatest extent possible.

    • That flag was probably bought at the dollar store, but it wasn’t about getting your dollar back was it. If it was just go sell another nickel bag to your thug friends. Problem solved.

  5. what does her being on the cover of playboy have anything to do with her picking up an American flag to stop protester from desiccating it.

  6. The funny thing is the damn blacks in the background saying that that is what happens when you resist arrest!!! Freakin really!! Blacks giving advise on what not to do when encountering police! GIVE ME A DAMN BREAK!!! If it was reversed and she was black and the protesters were white it would be racism and police brutality!!!!

  7. I think this story is completely news worthy, but I find it unnecessary to include the fact that Ms.Manhart was a model for Playboy. Why is that necessary information? How does that relate to the events that took place? I see that as a way for the author to sway their audience away from supporting her actions. Media bias clearly at work here. What happened to the media giving the facts about a situation? Media should be unbiased at all times, to allow the public to make their own opinions about what happened. This is the only site I’ve seen include the part about Playboy.

    • Phillip I’ll tell you why because in her words she was concerned about “disrespecting” the flag but she didn’t seem concerned about disrespecting the flag when she posed naked with it.

  8. 18 U.S. Code § 700 – Desecration of the flag of the United States; penalties

    Current through Pub. L. 113-296, except 113-287, 113-291, 113-295. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.)
    US Code
    Notes
    prev | next
    (a)
    (1) Whoever knowingly mutilates, defaces, physically defiles, burns, maintains on the floor or ground, or tramples upon any flag of the United States shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.
    (2) This subsection does not prohibit any conduct consisting of the disposal of a flag when it has become worn or soiled.
    (b) As used in this section, the term “flag of the United States” means any flag of the United States, or any part thereof, made of any substance, of any size, in a form that is commonly displayed.
    (c) Nothing in this section shall be construed as indicating an intent on the part of Congress to deprive any State, territory, possession, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico of jurisdiction over any offense over which it would have jurisdiction in the absence of this section.
    (d)
    (1) An appeal may be taken directly to the Supreme Court of the United States from any interlocutory or final judgment, decree, or order issued by a United States district court ruling upon the constitutionality of subsection (a).
    (2) The Supreme Court shall, if it has not previously ruled on the question, accept jurisdiction over the appeal and advance on the docket and expedite to the greatest extent possible.

    • I think your comment is great and would love to agree with it, but the Supreme Court has ruled that flag burning and the like are protected free speech. That being said, I would love to see someone come by and pound their faces in for walking on it or whatever.

  9. Also at least the protesters were disrespecting the flag for a cause and not just to get personal attention for themselves.(Ms. Manhart was formally reprimanded by the Air Force for the Playboy spread btw)

    • Absolutely no reason to disrespect the flag at all what ever you think the cause is Tony. All i see is you whine about what she did to save the flag with no mention of the brain dead idiots that started the whole thing with their illegal actions of desecrating the flag. And to complain about a naked and beautiful woman posing in front of a flag. well…….seems you have your priorities confused on a couple issues at least. Thats just my opinion though

    • That’s right thugs. Don’t violate Federal statutes’, then dont go to jail. Why didn’t the police arrest you thugs and put you in jail for desecrating the flag of the United States.

  10. Just watched the video. She got what she deserved. But again… I am not someone who is completely brainwashed about the whole flag representing all that is good about my country. It represents the good and bad and everything in-between. So at any given time it can be praised or burned or walked on or worn on my ass if I see fit.

    • Mark, I vehemently disagree with with you. Our founding fathers didn’t die for this great country for thugs to be walking on and desecrating the American flag. Were you asleep in school when they talked about that?

  11. How can she be stealing something if its on the ground and being walked on. I would have to say that it was owned by nobody at that point.

    • They’re are so many elements to theft that they could never prove she stole it. Rock on my foxy hero. By the way you have a fantastic looking ass. May God continue to bless the United States of America.

  12. This university & their police force should be ashamed of themselves. If you watch the very start of the video you can see one officer clearly standing behind the piece of shit walking on the flag. He should have arrested the low life scumbag right then & there instead of four want to be cops manhandling a woman!

  13. Ya know.maybe if more people were committed to being one nation under God.the u.s. as whole would be better off.yes people have the right to protest.but when they desicrate the very symbol of freedom they need to get knocked down a couple of pegs.i guess the government assistance that I’m sure they are getting isn’t enough.if I saw that happening I would be in jail.you have men and woman dying everyday for your freedom.i think a little respect is due.

  14. ZIP IT, YOU RACIAL. POS… SHE IS A “TRUE AMERICAN ” & SHE SHOLDA, WOMPED THAT DISRESPECTFUL, GRANT WIFFIN, FREEBIE TAKING, Excuse for an Unpatriotic, Volley of Dog Vomit!!! Blacks ate a Piece of Work!!! Demonic. Black Idiot, Racist, Scamming Filthy, Lying SoddomiteS in WH, Favors Everywhere and Bellys full and Trample on Flag. Id give her BAIL MONEY AND EXCELLENT. LAWUER, YOU IMBECILES…

  15. Mike, you argue with cretans. They have no clue as to what’s of value besides their drugs and their right to create issues in America. I don’t know why they stay here other than all the freebies their own Country won’t give them. They will never get so stoned returning will be an option.

    • Thank you Sam, exactly right. None of those cretens probably never served a single day in their life for this great country. I’m for Sending them all back to their shit hole country.

  16. Using your uniform to promote your private life is just as bad so don’t get off on the cops, they’re doing the job they get paid for even if it’s right or wrong. Why can’t you all complain about wages and how it has been flat across the board for over 30 years, unless you enjoy being a slave for the rich.

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