75-year-old veteran charged for publicly displaying American flags
On Memorial Day of 2016, a 75-year-olg veteran was cited for hanging American flags outside of a Veterans' Affairs office in Los Angeles without permission.
Robert Rosebrock was charged with a misdemeanor after violating a statute that prohibits the "posting of materials" outside of the VA. On Tuesday, the charges were dropped.
According to NBC Los Angeles, Rosebrock was one of many veterans have been gathering outside the VA to protest for almost a decade.
They take issue with the VA's "failure to make full use of the expansive property for the benefit and care of veterans, particularly homeless veterans," NBC reports.
According to the VA, the statute intends to protect the privacy of veterans under care in the facility.
During the hearing on Tuesday, the courthouse was packed with veterans as they awaited Judge Steve King's decision. When Rosebrock was acquitted, the room erupted in applause.
"I'm honored that the flag was exonerated–and for once the veterans got a victory," he said, according to NBC.