Lawless prosecutorsThe police state Iowa man ARRESTED for displaying flag upside-down By Lysander August 16, 2016August 16, 2016 0 minutes, 12 seconds Read . An upside-down flag is an internationally known symbol of distress, siege or protest. An Iowa man displayed the U.S. flag upside down to protest a pipeline issue near his property. Local authorities ARRESTED the man for “desecration” of the flag. See here.