Man wins $55,000 after being arrested for flying an American flag upside down


American flag (illustration) 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on a charge of flag desecration after flying his flag upside down in order to protest a pipeline project, according to police in Pennsylvania.

Now, the Allegheny Township will give $55,000 to 39-year-old Joshuaa Brubaker, as his civil rights were violated.

Brubaker was arrested and charged with flag desecration after an upside down American flag was observed on his property.

Brubaker admitted to deliberately flying the flag upside down and writing the letters AIM on it.

AIM stands for the American Indian Movement.

Brubaker claimed that he flew the flag upside down in order to protest the Keystone Pipeline through the site of the Wounded Knee confrontation in South Dakota.

A judge dismissed the flag desecration charge, saying that it was constitutionally protected free speech. The town has now ordered the police to ignore the flag desecration law.