Flag damaged

Bryan residents said they’ve recently experienced theft and vandalization of their pride flags. Pictured is the damaged flag and pole of resident Rudy Casey.

A Bryan resident said someone has been trespassing and destroying pride flags around the city.

Rudy Casey said a rainbow flag displayed at their home on North Myers Street initially disappeared in mid-August. They suspected theft but couldn’t count out the possibility that it blew away in a recent storm.

Casey bought a new flag that was torn down and, along with the pole, destroyed and left on their porch sometime on Sunday.

“When we spoke to police we were told that this is fairly common and its only happening to pride flags,” Casey said.

Other residents contacted about the incident said they’ve experienced recent theft or destruction of pride flags, but declined to be identified publicly.

Contacted earlier this week, Bryan Police Captain Greg Ruskey, who is heading up the department as Chief Chris Chapa remains on paid administrative leave pending multiple investigations of alleged misconduct, said he wasn’t aware of any pattern of theft or vandalization targeting pride flags.

Even so, he urged residents to be vigilant.

“Keep an eye on your home, your neighbor’s home,” Ruskey said. “If you see something, report it.”

Casey, meanwhile said they are encouraging “neighbors to fly their own pride flags in solidarity with us as their neighbors, as well as in solidarity with the rest of the LGBTQIA+ community.”

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