Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Vandals Damage Memorial Flags

Vandals Damage Memorial Flags

 Boise, Nov. 5, 2006 - Boise Police cited one man and arrested a second this morning after witnesses said they saw the pair vandalize two American flags on the grounds of the Idaho Statehouse. The flags are memorials to soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq. The vandalism was called in and witnessed by officers with Capitol Mall Security.

    Arrested: Michael Burkett, 24, Boise

    Charged: Malicious Injury to Property, Resisting and Obstructing Officers (both misdemeanors).

    Cited: Thomas Burkett, 22, Boise

    Charged: Malicious Injury to Property (misdemeanor)

Background: Officers were called to the Capitol mall at 2:23 a.m. this morning. When they arrived, they found mall security officers detaining two suspects. Offices also found two flagpoles damaged, one pole was bent so the flag was laying on the ground, the other flagpole had been bent and pulled out of the ground. Each flag was dedicated to the memory of a specific soldier killed in Iraq. Damage to each flag is estimated at approx. $200.

Officers say one suspect, Michael, tried to physically interfere with their investigation and again physically resisted as officers took him into custody. Michael was arrested on the charges and booked into the Ada County Jail. Thomas was cited and released at the scene.