Man reportedly urinates on US flags he ripped from ground at veterans cemetery: ‘I was outraged’

Police are on the hunt for a man accused of urinating on American flags that he and a woman allegedly tore from the ground at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Somerville, Massachusetts, WBZ-TV reported.
The incident reportedly took place Monday, WHDH noted — and George Gatteny said he witnessed the act.

What happened?

Sitting in traffic, Gatteny told WBZ he saw the 20-something pair walk into the cemetery and rip four miniature flags from the ground, after which the man took the flags behind a monument.
“At that point I was outraged,” Gatteny told the station. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”
The man then “started undoing his pants, taking himself out, and making motions in what appeared to be urinating,” Gatteny recalled to WBZ, adding that he started yelling and asking what they were doing.
But the culprit apparently figured he had the upper hand.

‘Smirk on his face’

“As he walked by me, he had a smirk on his face, almost like, ‘There’s nothing you can do,'” Gatteny told the station.
Don’t bet on it, buddy.
Gatteny told WBZ he followed the couple, took photos of them with his cellphone, posted them on Facebook, and told police all about it — including the address of their apparent residence.


Another witness named Tom told the station two of his friends are buried at the cemetery and called the act “unacceptable.”
“They were walking away laughing, thought it was a fun thing,” he added to WBZ.
Gatteny wants the book thrown at the duo.
“I’d love to see them prosecuted, I’d love to see them also have to do a lot of community service,” he told the station. “I don’t think they realize the sacrifices that veterans made.”

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