Looking through some stuff, and I came upon this video. It occurred about 2 weeks ago, so it is sort of old. There seems to be a big misconception of what hanging the flag upside-down means, even amongst military men (and the people commenting on these videos.) Military men/women that work at sea probably know much more of what hanging the flag upside-down means (or should know what it means.) Hanging the flag upside-down is not a sign of disrespect for the country (sometimes far away from it,) it is a sign of perceived/real distress that one feel the need for it to be rectified in this country.
I remember reading about how New Mexico had one of the worst police involvements in the country, and I couldn't help but feel that this was in protest(and distress) of what is occurring in their state/city. What is the point of fighting for a country if you aren't going to allow for the same values you've vowed to defend from being exercised? When watching the video, having the flag drop on the ground was worse than having the flag flown upside-down. Why would you chase someone to force them to drop the flag on the ground touched by dirt? Is forcing that guy to drop the flag any better than allowing him to fly the flag upside-down?
There are many incidences in America where people did outlandish things to the betterment of society (whether you like to call it that) Many of them, we wouldn't even have these rights if it weren't for their style of stirring the system. One of it is the Women's Suffrage Movement. Parts of the movement picketed in front of the White House, comparing not having Women's rights to World War I (current soldiers and veterans were mad.) The same people also took away President Wilson's Inauguration Speech by causing a riot in Pennsylvania Avenue. Without these sort of people, there probably wouldn't be an amendment for Women's Right to vote or would not have paid attention to it, and people should be taking care and paying attention to the message of these people who openly criticize.
The only thing we should fear more than these people is when there is no one to criticize.