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Nevada Man Forcibly Removes Mexican Flag

By Pat Shannan

Jim Broussard heard on his radio at home in Reno, Nev. that the El Jaripeo, a Mexican food store and bar, was flying the Mexican flag above the American stars and stripes. This is not only disrespectful to America but it violates the flag code.

To Broussard and others who took bullets for that flag, it was like a punch in the stomach. He grabbed his knife and headed for the cantina El Jaripeo. Parking his pickup truck in front of the target, he got out and began pulling the chain on the pole to lower the flags. The owner stood outside and watched without comment or intervention.

“I took out my Ka-Bar [Army issue knife] and began cutting,” he said.

After a half-minute’s struggle, he separated both flags from the wire, cradling the red, white and blue respectfully in his arms and leaving the Mexican offender in the dirt on the sidewalk. Broussard then paused and turned face-on to the camera and made a short statement.

“I’m Jim Broussard,” he said, “and I took this flag down in honor of my country with a knife from the United States Army. I’m a veteran, and I’m not going to see this done to my country . . . . but I want somebody to fight me for this flag. They’re not going to get it back.”

He then disappeared toward his truck with the American flag under his arm.

While cameras rolled, the owner of the cantina picked up the red, white and green flag from the sidewalk and took it inside without comment. He did not answer any questions of news people—either because he could not understand English or was just refusing comment.

There was talk of Broussard being charged with the crime of theft, but some suspect that the bar owner will not press charges.

Investigative reporter Pat Shannan has been uncovering domestic fraud, waste, conspiracy and abuse against American citizens for four decades. Originally from Mississippi, Pat now resides in Washington, D.C. Find out more about Pat Shannan at

(Issue #43, October 22, 2007)

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