Flag Burning Incidents in Willmar 04 Jun 13

Willmar Police are investigating two incidents of someone burning

a U.S. flag during the early morning hours Saturday.

According to Police Chief David Wyffels, there are two confirmed

incidents, at Kitchen Fair, along the 300 block of Fifth Street

Southwest, and at the Midas Auto station, along the 700 block of

Litchfield Avenue Southwest.

The incidents are believed to be connected and happened within a

close time proximity, Wyffels said in a news release. Police have

video footage of one of the incidents recorded just after 1 a.m.

Saturday.

In his news release and in an interview this morning with the

West Central Tribune, Wyffels stressed that community response and

citizen statements received by police accusing individuals from the

Somali community are unfounded and “only cause additional speculation,

resentment and animosity within the community at large,” he said.

The video footage evidence, which is being reviewed by police

investigators, shows otherwise, Wyffels said. The footage shows that

multiple young males are involved.

Wyffels also stressed that while the acts are concerning, there

is nothing in either incident that knowingly raises the crime to a

level of terrorism, that the incident was a bias offense or that this

is connected to some larger subversive effort.

Neither act represents any danger to the public, Wyffels said.

The charges relating to these crimes include arson and criminal damage

to property, both of which are being investigated and pursued.

Anyone with information that might assist in resolving these

crimes is asked to contact the Willmar Police Department at

320-235-2244.

  • Eric

    It was obviously someone that hates the USA. Unfortunately, that only narrows it down to 1/4 of the Willmar population.

  • http://twitter.com/OgieOgilthorpe7 Ogie Ogilthorpe

    They should wrap themselves with the flag before they burn it. Do the world a favour.

  • tankhunter

    Any description of the suspects so we can assist the police?