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Report of man urinating of US flags sparks online outrage

September 12, 2018

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who says he saw someone urinate on several small U.S. flags at a veterans’ cemetery has sparked online outrage and a police investigation.

George Gatteny says he was passing the Somerville Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Monday when he saw a man pulling up the flags, throwing them behind a statue, and urinating on them.

Gatteny tells WFXT-TV he was “appalled” and tried confronting the man, who smirked and walked way.

Gatteny took several pictures of the flags and the man and posted them on Facebook along with an explanation. His post has 15,000 comments and 35,000 shares.

Deputy Police Chief James Stanford says they know about the Facebook post and have opened an investigation.

Mayor Joseph Curtatone called the vandalism “offensive” to veterans and the entire nation.

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