When a New Hampshire police chief pulled a homemade Islamic State flag from a wall at a dam this month, it spurred a host of questions about First Amendment rights in the era of terrorism.
Pittsfield Police Chief Jeffrey Cain said the black-and-white flag was causing alarm in the community. Chief Cain said he worked with the FBI on the matter but decided there was no crime in posting the flag and there was no evidence of a terrorist plot.
“No criminal charges are forthcoming,” he told The Washington Times.
Whether the chief was within his rights to pull down the flag, however, has become a thorny legal question.
Legal analysts believe it’s the first time an Islamic State flag has appeared on public land in the U.S.