Phillips man offers $500 reward in connection to flag defacing

Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal

Benjamin Jacques and his girlfriend, Samantha Bell, stand in front of an early U.S. flag painted on the back of a garage he is renting on High Street in Phillips. The flag was spray-painted with black paint on June 20. Jacques is offering a $500 reward for the "capture and conviction" of the person responsible.

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A flag painted on a garage rented by Benjamin Jacques shows where someone vandalized it with black paint last week on High Street in Phillips. Jacques is offering a $500 reward for the "capture and conviction" of the person responsible.

PHILLIPS — A local man is offering a $500 reward for the “capture and conviction” of the person who defaced an American flag he painted on the back of a garage he is renting on High Street.

Benjamin Jacques, 40, said the flag was spray-painted with black paint at 5:39 a.m. June 20.

The painter, Sally Bell, also of Phillips, worked for nearly a month to paint 13 stars and 13 stripes representing the original 13 colonies. Bell also painted the first paragraph of the U.S. Constitution below it. The flag is 30 by 26 feet, Jacques said.

Above the flag is painted a coiled timber rattler. The words “Don't tread on me” are painted below. Underneath that and above the flag is printed “United We Stand.”

“The timber rattlesnake was once a defiant symbol for a young country fighting for its independence. Coupled with the famous warning, 'Don’t tread on me,' it represented America’s anger and resolve to protect our civil liberties,” according to the website http://tnwildside.com/video/timber-rattlesnake-disease/.

During the American Revolution, the snake was a symbol of patriotic unity with the motto: “Don’t Tread on Me,” according to the Library of Congress.

The artwork represents two original flags, Jacques said.

A security video system captured a person wearing a hood walking from one side of the garage to the back. The person looks around the other side of the garage and starts spray-painting across the flag.

The video was given to the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, which is investigating the case.

Bell tried painting over the black paint, but five coats still do not cover the damage.

Jacques' girlfriend, Samantha Bell, also of Phillips, said Jacques was very upset about the vandalism. It is upsetting someone would do this to the American flag, she said.

The flag was painted for everyone, including the veterans and those in active duty, she said.

“This is what it is all about,” Jacques said looking at the flag. “This country is falling down. This is what it is about. It's about family. It's about unity. It's about community. It's about coming together and helping one another. It is a constant reminder of why we are here.”

dperry@sunjournal.com

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RONALD RIML's picture

Ever wonder.....

Who he's paranoid about getting tread'ed upon by????

Bob Woodbury's picture

I don't know...

He says "This country is falling down." Because he said it, does that mean we have to believe it?

RONALD RIML's picture

Well - there are more minority babies being born than

white ones now.

Do you think that has anything to do with it????

Nonwhite U.S. Births Become the Majority for First Time

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

There are no laws against

There are no laws against refusing to believe the truth.

Bob Woodbury's picture

Who says...

...it's the truth and why should I believe that person? If that person believes it, in this country, unlike many others, you are free to move.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

So, if he doesn't like what

So, if he doesn't like what he perceives to be happening to his country, according to you, his only option is to leave?

Bob Woodbury's picture

No..

He can choose to do something about it - or not - and leave things as he perceives them and continue to complain. At some point, people with either agree with him and it will change or people will not agree with him and he will continue to be irritated. At no point will he think he's wrong. He will always be right.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Hell, that applies to almost

Hell, that applies to almost everyone I know.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Another great example of the

Another great example of the "no minds" that are running around loose in our Country.

RONALD RIML's picture

Au Contraire......

Simply the overabundance of "High A-Hole Quotient" populace that always seem to permeate any given territory.......

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Point taken.

Point taken.

Ethics vs. Law

According to Title 18, Chapter 33, Section 700 of the United States Code (33
18 U.S.C. § 700) "a 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."

Not the "made of any substance." Technically speaking this would constitute a flag meaning defacing it would be a criminal offense.

Not only would it be morally and ethically wrong by defacing another's property, but you are defacing a symbol of our country.

I do hope the person who did this recognizes the pain that his/her actions caused.

Gerry Thompson's picture

It's great to see

someone exhibiting their Patriotism proudly. Defacing this is shameful!

RONALD RIML's picture

Actually someone exhibiting their 'Anti-Government Sentiment'

and prostituting an older version of the U.S. Flag to make their point.

Gerry - do you wonder if Mr Jacques proudly exhibited his 'Patriotism' by serving his country in the military?

Gerry Thompson's picture

You do not

have to serve in the military in order to be Patriotic. There is more than one way to serve your country!

RONALD RIML's picture

The Peace Corp requires much dedication and sacrifice...

Do you think he performed in that???

Gerry Thompson's picture

I did not

serve in the military but I gave birth to two sons who have. One is still in the Army after 12 years. Am I unpatriotic?

RONALD RIML's picture

I'm sexist to the degree that I normally don't apply that

"Litmus Test" to women..... I served when women weren't allowed in combat. This certainly shows sacrifice and good parenting on your part

I found it quite ironic that Mitt Romney stated he was so qualified to lead our Country - yet in all of the years since 9/11 - he was either unable or unwilling to lead or inspire any of his five sons to enlist in our Armed Forces.

You gave two sons.

Gerry Thompson's picture

I would say

you did not know I am a woman. Women were not allowed on any ships or to be train engineers at the time I could have enlisted.

RONALD RIML's picture

You would say wrong. Your profile identifies your as a female.

I caught that right away......

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Why should that matter?

Why should that matter? Clinton and BHO didn't serve. Does that bother you?

RONALD RIML's picture

Did Clinton and BHO drape themselves in the mantle

of Über-Patriotism????


PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Every day.

Every day.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The difference is that Bush

The difference is that Bush really did land the plane onto the carrier.

RONALD RIML's picture

B.S. - He wasn't 'Carrier' landing qualified.....

He was along for the ride; he had no idea what to do. Even Cheney couldn't advise him on that one.

RONALD RIML's picture

Then that 'Landing'

was the only 'Mission' he accomplished......

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

And BHO's mission

And BHO's mission accomplished was the killing of bin Laden? Most cops know, no body no crime. Why were they so swift in disposing of the alleged body? Answer: Because it wasn't bin Laden. It was a trumped up victory to fool the uninformed minions in order to make an ineffective president look good and it worked like a charm. And, now that we know about all the other unexplained secret crap that's gone on with this regime since then, the theory has more plausibility than ever.
Bush served his country. obama is sucking it dry.

RONALD RIML's picture

BHO's ' Mission' (Since he accepted it)

Is to piss you off!


PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Hahaha....you wish.

Hahaha....you wish.

Jonathan Albrecht's picture

Its a painting, not a flag

We are not the revolutionary generation. The Preamble of the Constitution has little to nothing to do with "Don't tread on me". Very confused sentiments.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

So, we'll put you down as

So, we'll put you down as approving of what was done to it, Jon?

RONALD RIML's picture

"Flag Burning" is a legally accepted form of protest.

As long as it is one's own flag.

This appears nothing more than violation of MRSA Title 17-A, §507. Desecration and Defacement

1. A person is guilty of desecration and defacement if he intentionally desecrates any public monument or structure, any place of worship or burial, or any private structure not owned by him.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I respect the argument that

I respect the argument that it is or isn't a flag depending on one's perspective. But, one thing is inarguable. Whoever would do a thing like that to something so beautiful is a vandalous a**hole and should be punished when caught to the fullest extent of the law.

Jonathan Albrecht's picture

Of course not, I questioned the sentiments that created it

I did not write anything good or bad about the defacing of the painting. To me, it was a minor crime that will be dealt with in the normal course of things. What was surprising was that people could have so confused an understanding of their history.

Jonathan Albrecht's picture

Of course not, I questioned the sentiments that created it

I did not write anything good or bad about the defacing of the painting. To me, it was a minor crime that will be dealt with in the normal course of things. What was surprising was that people could have so confused an understanding of their history.

David  Cote's picture

Whether it's a painting or flag doesn't matter...

Fact is, someone vandalized the property. A lot of work went into this painting and since they were the one's who created it then they can call it whatever they want.

RONALD RIML's picture

They can even call it

"Split Pea Soup!"

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"How do you split pea soup?",

"How do you split pea soup?", asked the inquisitive parrot. "Same way you tuna piano", answered the beleaguered pirate.

Jonathan Albrecht's picture

Its a painting, not a flag

We are not the revolutionary generation. The Preamble of the Constitution has little to nothing to do with "Don't tread on me". Very confused sentiments.

RONALD RIML's picture

We may not be the 'Revolutionary Generation'

But he look pretty revolting in that photo.......

Ever wonder if he feels "America" left him by the wayside????

David  Cote's picture

Actually...

It looks like he's auditioning for a new backwoods reality show on TLC or some other cable network.

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