Activists Rip Down U.S. Flag At ICE Facility, Replace It With Mexican Flag

A Thin Blue Line flag spray painted with the words “Abolish ICE,” was then raised upside down next to the Mexican flag.

Aurora, CO – The American flag displayed outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) processing center ware torn down and vandalized by a mob of protesters on Friday.

They attempted to burn the U.S. Flag, and raised a Mexican flag in its place, the Aurora Police Department (APD) said in a Facebook post.

The mob also raised a flag that read, “F--k the Cops,” according to police.

A Thin Blue Line flag spray painted with the words “Abolish ICE,” was then raised upside down next to the Mexican flag, FOX News reported.

As many as 2,000 people attended the anti-ICE event, which was dubbed “Close the Concentration Camps National Call To Action” on Facebook.

Although most of the protesters were peaceful, “hundreds” of trespassers pushed their way past a barrier on a vehicle bridge and stormed across the grounds to the facility’s front doors, where the vandalisms occurred.

APD said that department officials met with personnel at the ICE facility days prior to the planned protest, and that they urged ICE to “secure the entire width of the bridge leading into the facility with water filled barriers to prevent vehicles, and pedestrians from entering.”

But the facility opted to use traffic cones and a lightweight plastic chain coupled with a sign that read, “Private property, No trespassing,” in both Spanish and English, according to the APD.

“You can imagine this did nothing to prevent and/or stop even one person from entering,” the APD said.

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition legal services coordinator Claudia Castillo, who is also a 22-year U.S. Army military intelligence major, said that the group that tore down the flags shoved her and spit on her when she tried to stop them, The Denver Post reported.

“It was disgusting and shameful,” Castillo said. “They have compromised our movement, and they stole the spotlight and endangered our undocumented people.”

Police were aware of the vandalisms as they were occurring, but they opted not to intervene in order to protect “the safety of the large majority who were acting peacefully” and the safety of the officers, the APD said.

“Our folks were more than ready to decisively engage had we witnessed assaultive behavior or damage to the building or surrounding property that could jeopardize its security or public safety,” the department said. “Beyond the removal, attempted destruction of the US flag, replacement of the flags, and some signs and poles being put on the main doors and windows, the protesters did not engage in behavior that warranted immediate intervention.”

Police conferred with the protest organizer, who encouraged the group to disperse because “they too felt the protest was becoming less than peaceful,” police said.

A majority of the protesters then left the area.

“Our officers who worked that night, particularly those who engaged with the public as they came and left, did an incredible job in helping to establish a professional tone with the majority of folks who’s goal it was to peacefully protest,” the APD said.

Police said they are reviewing video footage from the protest to identify and prosecute those who committed illegal acts during the demonstration.

The U.S. flag that was ripped down during the mayhem has since been replaced, FOX News reported.

Comments (18)
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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

So instead of arresting the vandals in the act, they are going to review video and try to identify them, and then attempt to locate them? While I admit that fighting through a mob of 2,000 people might not be the best option, trying to positively identify them and then locate and arrest the for prosecution after they have left the scene sounds like a much more difficult and time and resource consuming task.

SharonYoung
SharonYoung

Although it's understandable given the circumstances it's hard to accept that those individuals responsible for illegal acts were not arrested right away. Mexican flag flying over American soil? For at least one day, they did win. Disgracful

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

What hath "liberalism" wrought?

headrush1977
headrush1977

Sounds like cooler heads prevailed. Things could have gotten out of control where the radicals could have even turned on to the peaceful protesters. “ The Art Of War” prevailed.

Bscope2
Bscope2

This is disgusting ! Police should of stepped in and all those peaceful protesters should. Of helped the police. This is a crime against our country not just ICE ! If they love Mexico so much why are they here ? Because the liberals give them everything free ! Time to take back our country

Ddurkof
Ddurkof

A US Army Major, in military intelligence, being involved? Will she lose her clearance? Will she ever become a Lt. Colonel?

JBo
JBo

If they like the flag of Mexico so much...I know where they fly a LOT of them. Mexico!

NotACop
NotACop

Is flying another countrily's flag over government property an act of war? Seems to me it is.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Ok. Let's send them all to where the Mexican flag flies everyday. They like Mexico so much...then please go.

Mrdan
Mrdan

They put up a plastic chain & a sign in English & Spanish boy if that's not scary round them up along with their mexican flag n ship them back to Mexico

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

I know what the punishment should be!! For all those traitors who ripped down the American flag and then hung the Mexican flag, they just lost their citizenship in the United States. You love Mexico so much, then go live there you pieces of traitorous shit!!!

wmc50
wmc50

Perhaps, just perhaps, it's time for "peaceful counter-protests" at these anti-American events. Since there weren't any acts of violence taking place at the scene, there should be no concerns about folks expressing a more conservative viewpoint. As is our right to do.

sanman899
sanman899

So these morons can tear down the US flag, burn it with little to no ramifications. This must mean I can remove Mexican flags flown in the US and desecrate with NO negative ramifications RIGHT!!!!

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Looks like the work of a highest common denominator....