HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. — Elodia Royce has always displayed our nation’s flag in support of her family members and friends serving in the military.
“They fought for our freedoms and this is a freedom I should have,” said Royce.
Last week she got a notice from her landlord that the flag in her window must come down or she could be evicted.
“It says all colored drapes need to be removed from the windows, but our flag is not a drape,” said Royce.
King County deputy Patrick “K.C.” Saulet has been fired for threatening to arrest me last summer, when I was photographing several officers on a downtown street corner, and then lying to investigators about the incident, says King County sheriff John Urquhart.
The termination is effective today.
“You have a constitutional right to photograph the police,” Sheriff Urquhart asserted in a phone interview with me today. Threatening to arrest a citizen for legally taking photos of cops while on public property, he added, “is a constitutional violation, as far as I am concerned.”