Deacon Don Zirkel was arrested at the Smithtown Mall, he says for only wearing an anti-Iraq war tee-shirt. There are currently 331 comments on the Newsday story from all different points of view.
"On Saturday, Zirkel, 80, was at an anti-war rally outside the mall in Lake Grove, wearing a white T-shirt splotched with red and emblazoned with a simple message about the fatalities of the Iraq war: "4,000 troops, 1 million Iraqis dead. Enough."
Zirkel said he was at the rally to support the anti-war protesters. "I was an encourager. I was an affirmer," he said.
During the rally, Zirkel and his wife went into the mall's food court for coffee and French fries. After he declined mall security's request to either turn the T-shirt inside out or leave, he said police put him in a wheelchair and escorted him from the mall. Suffolk police charged him with criminal trespassing and resisting arrest."